Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Christopher Oldenburg: Kirche setzt sich für Toleranz ein - NWZonline.de
Members of all denominations were invited to the service. Mayor Gerd Schwandner read from the Gospel.
A service, which was characterized by tolerance: True to the psalm, "God, I thank thee, that I am fearfully and wonderfully made" members of all denominations and any sexual orientation were invited on Sunday to the Lamberti Church. Together they celebrated an enjoyable worship which is part of the supporting program for the Christopher Street Day Parade (CSD) on the following Saturday.
With a rainbow flag - a symbol of lesbian and gay movement – six participants entered the Lamberti church and placed it in front of the altar. To the opening accompaniment of the Lesbian Choir "Otherwise and always inclined" more rainbow flags and two banners with AIDS logo were unfurled from the gallery.
"Tolerance is a Christian virtue. For this reason, in the context of the Church, we are called to be tolerant" said Pastor Ralph Henning, in his sermon. In particular, the Germans are good at categorising people. If you are out as a trans-or homosexual, this is done fearing the responses of society. Hennings stressed in his homily, therefore, the need for trans and homosexual people to be given more respect as a minority by their fellow men and women.
The intercessory prayer was said by "Sister Lea of the Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence." In it, she prayed, inter alia, for those homosexuals who are prosecuted for their sexual orientation, or even where under the death penalty. "Unfortunately, discrimination, especially in church circles, still remains. Therefore, it is beautiful and important that we celebrate for the first time such a service in Oldenburg and thus give it an extra dimension. "
The participants of the service found it particularly atmospheric. After musical contributions from the Lesbian Choir and the "Sugar Sweet Swing" trio who sang the song "Ain't no mountain high enough", there was prolonged applause from the audience. "Oldenburg serves as a role model in the north. We hope in the near future to end the legal discrimination against homosexual persons", said "Sister Leah."
The program for the 18th CSD parade on Saturday continues until 15th June. On Wednesday from 7 pm in the PFL a discussion on "Oldenburg -? An island of gay happiness" will take place. From 7.30 pm on Friday the "Night of Mini-Arts" can be seen as part of the culture seminar. The CSD-demonstration takes place in the city centre on 16th June starting at 12 clock on the railway station road. The demonstrators demand more rights for gays and lesbians.