Interfaith Service






Gay Games 2014 Interfaith Service

“Justice, Equality and Dignity for All”

Monday, August 11, 2014
7 p.m
Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115


About the Service

Music, prayers and messages grounded in the values of justice, equality, and human dignity will be shared to inspire, uplift and rally the spirits of those gathered to participate in and support the Gay Games in Cleveland. 

The service will raise positive faith voices, create awareness and promote global solidarity and action in support of human rights, as well as, to join the struggle against homophobia, violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Music will feature the choir from Mt. Zion United Church of Christ and the Cleveland Drumming Circle .


Confirmed Speakers include:

  • The Right Reverend Martín De Jesús Barahona, Bishop of the Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador
  • Imam Daayiee Abdullah, Director of LGBTQI Outreach for Muslims for Progressive Values and the first openly gay imam in America
  • Bishop Yvette A. Flunder, Presiding Bishop of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and Sr. Pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ, Oakland, Califonria
  • Rabbi Denise Eger, founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood's Reform Synagogue and the immediate past President of the Southern California Board of Rabbis




Full list of participants in the service (to date) who have a speaking part or will offer artistic expression. In addition another 25 religious leaders will participate in the processional. 

  • Imam Daayiee Abdullah, Director of Education, MECCA (Muslim Educational Center for Creative Academics) 
  • Dr. Michael Adee, Director, Global Faith and Justice Project , Horizons Foundation 
  • The Reverend Dr. Wayne Arnason, Co-Minister, West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church 
  • Chris Brooks, Cleveland Drum Circle Group
  • Reverend Kelly Burd, Pastor, Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ 
  • Rabbi Joshua Caruso, Rabbi, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
  • Reverend Ken Chalker, Pastor, Church in the Circle United Methodist 
  • Members of the Cleveland Drum Circle Group 
  • Rt. Reverend Martín De Jesús Barahona, Bishop of the Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador 
  • Rabbi Denise Eger, Rabbi, Congregation Kol Ami; President Elect of the Central Conference of American Rabbis 
  • Bishop Yvette Flunder, Senior Pastor, City of Refuge United Church of Christ; Presiding Bishop, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries
  • Rabbi Rosette Haim, Rabbi, The Temple-Tifereth Israel 
  • Reverend Allen Harris, Pastor, Franklin Circle Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Cleveland, OH
  • Reverend Craig Hoffman, Assistant Coordinator 
  • Ms. Doreen Hughes, Assistant to the Dean, Trinity Cathedral
  • Reverend Don King, Pastor, Hope Lutheran Church 
  • Adam Kukuk, Cleveland Drum Circle Group
  • Reverend Christina Kukuk, Pastor, Embody: A Community of Faith (United Church of Christ) 
  • Reverend John Lentz, Senior Pastor Head of Staff, Forest Hill Church Presbyterian 
  • Reverend Tracey Lind, Host Pastor, Trinity Cathedral 
  • LGBT Ministry of Trinity Cathedral 
  • Ms. April Miller, Communications Manager, Trinity Cathedral 
  • Ms. Helga Mingione, Administrative Assistant 
  • Mt. Zion Voices of Praise, Mt. Zion United Church of Christ
  • Reverend Kathleen Rolenz, Co-Minister, West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church 
  • Ms. Ani-Palmo Rybicki, Director, Songtsen Gampo Buddhist Center of Cleveland-Vajrayana Buddhism 
  • Ms. Natalie Sade, Executive Director, The Agudah:  Israel’s National LGBT Task Force 
  • Reverend Michael Schuenemeyer, Service Coordinator, Executive for Health and Wholeness Advocacy, United Church of Christ, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Reverend David Zier,  Minister of Outreach and Development, Life Journey Church, Metropolitan Community Church