Every other month at UUMC, we gather in Fellowship Hall for lunch and time to grow in education and relationship. This year we’ve been focusing mostly on sharing stories with one another. Sometimes just having the space, as LGBTQ people and allies, to share our experiences can fill us with hope, strength, wisdom and empathy.
We usually meet the second Sunday of every other month, but in September we’ll push it back a week because of Pride weekend. We’ll be meeting on Sunday, Sept 15th after the 11am service to share stories around the topic of HIV/AIDS. Currently, 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV. Many of us have hold stories of own, our friends, or our fears around this topic.
We will also have a guest from The Care Communities who will join us. Roger Temme, M.Div., is the Director of Volunteer Recruitment at TCC. Before his work at TCC he was a member of a Catholic Religious community and an ordained priest for nearly 25 years. He lost a cousin to HIV/AIDS and many dear friends. In their memory, he goes about his work helping to create more volunteer families/care teams for person living with both HIV/AIDS or cancer. Last year he was honored to be a Grand Marshall for the PRIDE Parade 2012. He accepted it on behalf of the clients and volunteers of The Care Communities.
We hope you will join us for this time of sharing stories of loss, hope, and perseverance from the AIDS crisis in the 80s to our current day experiences.