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A Prayer for Love & Justice

Interfaith Prayer Service Committee

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from 7:15 AM to 8:45 AM (EDT)

A Prayer for Love & Justice

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On March 26th, the Supreme Court will begin oral arguments on Prop. 8 & DOMA.   To encircle this moment in spirit,  faith communities from many traditions will join together in prayer, music and ritual at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation.   Following the service, we will continue in procession together, led by drums, clergy, community and choir singing in liberation spirit to the United for Marriage Rally at the steps of the Supreme Court.

Seating is on a first come basis with ticket.

Doors open at 7:00 a.m.

Prelude and opening ritual 7:10 a.m.

Multifaith Prayer Service 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Followed by Procession to United for Marriage Rally on steps of Supreme Court.


Community & Interfaith Choir & gospel singers, Bishop Yvette Flunder & Marvin Mathews

Faith Leaders:
Lutheran (Church of the Reformation): Host Pastor: Rev. Michael Wilker.
Unity Fellowship:  Rev Abena McCray, Rev. Paul Fulton-Woods
Zen Buddhism:  Ven. Lawrence Do'an Grecco
Unitarian Universalist:  Rev. Rob Hardies, Rev. Karen Rasmussen
United Church of Christ:  Rev. J. Bennett Guess,
Judaism:  Rabbi Deborah Reichmann, Rabbi Eleanor Steinman
Islam:  Imam Daayiee Abdullah
Two Spirt:  Marlon Fixico
Catholicism:   Sister Jeannine Gramick, Dr.Joe Palacios
Metropolitan Community Church:  Rev Elder Darlene Garner
Pagan:  Rev. Selena Fox
Fellowship of Affirming Churches: Bishop Yvette Flunder
United Methodist: Rev. Mary Kay Totty
Baptist:  Rev. Dennis Wiley, Rev. Jill McCrory
Episcopal:  Bishop Gene Robinson & Dean Gary Hall
Mormon: Brother Spencer Clark

Prayer Service Intentions:
  • Recognizing the spirituality of our equality movement by joining in prayer in D.C. and around the nation,
  • Creating a shared intention across faiths to help manifest justice, by connecting to that source for our cause, which serves as a catalyst for our embodiment of love and not judgment, and
  • Highlighting the broad-based faith support for LGBT equality and the dignity of all souls as a religious value.

Faith leaders are invited to sit together and lead procession, and do not require ticket, email:

To add your faith group name to the prayer bulletin, email:

Choir singers are invited to mass choir, rehersals March 17 & 25, 7 p.m., Church of the Reformation; email voice part to:

RSVP to United for Marriage Rally at steps of Supreme Court:


A Prayer for Love & Justice

Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, DC ~  Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Welcome all spirits and faith traditions to a union of prayer for love,

marriage equality and justice for LGBT people.

Opening Rituals:  All Faiths.

Music:  Total Praise (written by Richard Smallwood)

Community Choir, Directed by Reverend Candy Holmes, Metropolitan Community Churches

Prayers:  Welcoming & Opening

Reverend Michael Wilker, Host Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Reformation

Reverend Selena Fox, Senior Minister & High Priestess, Circle Sanctuary

Bishop Gene Robinson, IX Bishop of New Hampshire, Episcopal

Marlon Fixico, Southern Cheyenne, National Confederacy of Two Spirit Organizations

Rabbi Deborah Reichmann, International Federation of Rabbis

Music:  Woke Up This Morning (written by Doug Martsch)

Community Choir, Directed by Carlton Burgess, Turner Memorial Church, Soloist:  David North

Prayers:  Discrimination is Judgment, Judge Not

Rabbi Eleanor Steinmann, California Faith for Equality

Reverend Mary Kay Totty, Dumbarton United Methodist Church

Rabbi Eleanor Steinmann, California Faith for Equality

Dr. Joseph Palacios, Dignity, Washington, D.C.

Reverend Elder Darlene Garner, Metropolitan Community Churches

Call:  All Souls Are Equal.  Response:  All Souls Are Equal.

Congregational Song:  Let There Be Peace On Earth

Directed by Carlton Burgess, (stand as you are able, lyrics on back)

Prayers:  Ending Persecution

Reverend Mary Kay Totty, Dumbarton United Methodist Church

Imam Daayiee Abdullah, Light of Reform Mosque,  Muslims for Progressive Values

Sister Jeannine Gramick, S.L., New Ways Ministry, National Coalition of American Nuns

Prayers: Moment of Remembrance & Calling of Names

Philip Moeller, Lutheran Church of the Reformation

Music & Prayer:  Echo (written by Bernice Reagan Johnson)

Soloist:  Reverend Abena McCray, Founding Pastor, Unity Fellowship Church, Washington. D.C.

Venerable Lawrence Do’an Grecco, Five Mountain Zen Order, Zen Buddhist Monk

Music:  Break Every Chain

Prayer & Soloist, Bishop Yvette Flunder, Presiding Bishop, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries

Prayers:  Liberation, Love & Marriage Equality

Brother Spencer Clark, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mormons for Equality

Reverend Jorge Delgado, Metropolitan Community Churches

Reverend Dr. J. Bennett Guess, Executive Minister for Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ

Minister Paul Fulton-Woods, Unity Fellowship of  Washington, D.C.

Reverend Dr. Dennis Wiley, Co-Pastor, Covenant Baptist Church, United Church of Christ

Reverend Kären Rasmussen, Minister for Social Justice, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax

Music:  The Gay Wedding Song (My One & Only)

Written and Performed by Todd (Tif) Fernandez

Blessings Of Couples (piano, Justin Ritchie)

Reverend Selena Fox, Senior Minister & High Priestess, Circle Sanctuary

The Very Reverend Gary Hall, Dean, Washington National Cathedral, Episcopal

Reverend Jill McCrory, Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists, Twinbrook Baptist Church

Imam Daayiee Abdullah, Light of Reform Mosque, Muslims for Progressive Values

Song:  Let It Rise (written by Stephen Hurd), Choir & Soloist Marvin Matthews

Recognition of Marriage Equality Activists & Thank You To All

Reverend Michael Schuenemeyer, Rabbi Eleanor Steinmann, Cathy Marino-Thomas, Marriage Equality USA

Reverend Candy Holmes, Eric Eldritch & Todd (Tif) Fernandez

Processional to United For Marriage Rally: Congregation Song, This Little Light of Mine

Have questions about A Prayer for Love & Justice? Contact Interfaith Prayer Service Committee

When & Where

Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 East Capitol Street
Washington, DC 20003

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from 7:15 AM to 8:45 AM (EDT)

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