8th Annual Spiritual Pride Dinner
Saturday, June 15 | 6:00 pm Social Hour, 7:00 pm Catered Dinner
Tickets will be available here online starting May 8, and on Sundays at the Cathedral starting May 19. $35/ticket. Because alcohol (beer and wine) will be served, this event is open only to those 21 and older.
Unity Temple of Truth Leader Will Highlight This Year's Spiritual Pride
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, when gay activists pushed back against a police raid at a popular gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village.
Such raids were common at the time, when gay people were forced to hide their orientation for fear of harassment and arrest. The Stonewall riots are widely considered the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.
What a difference half a century makes. We have lived through the plague years of the AIDS pandemic. Four years ago the United States Supreme Court ruled that marriage equality is the law of the land. A married gay man is the Episcopal bishop of Maine, and another is the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president.
Yet even as we celebrate Pride Month in June, with parades, concerts, worship services and street fairs, the full legal protection and the rights of LGBTQI Americans are often challenged or ignored.
For the eighth year, St. Peter's will observe Pride Month with Spiritual Pride, created to acknowledge the role of a supportive spiritual home for the LGBTQI community. This annual buffet dinner with a significant speaker is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15.
Our speaker this year is the Rev. Dr. Doral R. Pulley. In April 2017, he expanded his ministry in Florida and became the founding Spiritual Leader of Today's Church in Tampa. He opened another location in St. Petersburg, Florida in April 2019.
He is president and CEO of the Church of the Everlasting Kingdom, "a network of local assemblies, ministries and businesses throughout the United States that manifest the Kingdom of God right here on earth." Learn more about him at his website, doctorpulley.com.
His "Kingdom Spiritual Principles" include this: The Kingdom of God "is a kingdom of unity and equality. There is no discord, no division, no racism, no ageism, no sexism, no homophobia, no classism, no discrimination, no prejudice, no isms and schisms in God’s Kingdom."
During Pride Week 2017 Dr. Pulley was the guest speaker at the Interfaith Pride worship service at Eckerd College.
"Beyond serving his own faith community, the Rev. Dr. Doral Pulley is president of Interfaith Tampa Bay, and it is with Interfaith Tampa Bay that I have come to know him," Canon Katie Churchwell said. "I have served on the board with Doral for the last two years. I have experienced him to be a joy-filled spiritual leader who speaks with integrity and compassion and is strongly committed to inclusivity and diversity. I am excited that he will get to experience the Cathedral, as he will find himself surrounded by others who share in his passions."