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pride cover photoPlease join Oasis California as we march in this Sunday’s SF Pride Parade.

United in Spirit is a volunteer-coordinated ecumenical group consisting of representatives of LGBTQ-affirming congregations, as well as supportive clergy and people of faith from throughout Northern California. This contingent has affirmed and celebrated LGBTQ people in San Francisco Pride for more than twenty-five years. Information about where and when to gather is toward the end of this page.

You get to have fun at Pride, meet and spend time with some really interesting folks, and witness to God’s inclusive love while extending your congregation’s welcome to the LGBTQ community.

In cooperation with Dignity/San Francisco: LGBT Catholics and Allies, United in Spirit will offer a motorized cable car in our contingent. The cable car is a great option for those who can’t walk the entire route. Please be sure to reserve your seat on this Pride Bus during the registration process.

We simply don’t have enough people power to organize our own marching contingent this year. Nor do we have enough to offer a Pride Mass on the parade route this Sunday. Please use the RSVP link below to let us know if you would like to help with 2017 Pride or any other effort Oasis might – with your help – make.
Please clink on the link below to register to march, to reserve your place on the Pride Bus, or to let us know you want to become part of the Oasis Ministry.

You can also volunteer to help us grow Oasis California by emailing our presider, Fr. Thomas C. Jackson at tcjackson@oasisca.org

Here’s the info on Sunday’s Pride Parade when we will be marching with the United In Spirit contingent:

Our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, will be marching in the parade alongside Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.

Due to crowds, allow plenty of extra travel time.
Public transit recommended. No parking available and violators will be towed.
If you’re coming by BART, travel to the Embarcadero Station and take the exit towards Spear. Pack water (no glass), lunch or snacks, and have your round-trip transit ticket or pre-loaded Clipper card ready to go before Sunday – there will be long lines at ticket machines.

Watch 9 min online safety video
San Francisco Pride has a new mandatory online training video for all parade participants so we can get oriented and move together safely and smoothly as one joyous unit along Market Street. We need a couple more folks to watch the video and complete the survey to register that you have trained as a Contingent Monitor:

Prepare to march and share the love
Check San Francisco weather on Sunday morning. Wear layers, comfortable shoes, a hat, and plenty of sunscreen/lipscreen! Each church/group is invited to carry its own banner. This is the perfect opportunity to show off your church’s LGBT affirming signs, T-shirts, fabulous outfits, beads, and boas. The crowds feel the love as we smile, sing, dance and wave. It can be powerful for folks to hear a marcher from our religious contingent say to them aloud: “God loves/blesses you.”

Special needs and decorating cable car, 10 a.m.
Those who are elderly, disabled or cannot stand for long periods of time can make use of the special needs assembly seating area at Command Center (77 Beale St).However, if you are riding on the motorized cable car, it’s recommended you come stay with the vehicle during assembly. Folks from Dignity/SF will be there with the cable car at 10 a.m. for those who need it. Thanks to Dignity/San Francisco for improving our accessibility by arranging for the cable car. For safety, we avoid getting on or off the Cable Car during the parade.

Unfurling our banners and getting to know folks as we assemble, 10:30 a.m.
We have revised our timing because logistics have changed this year and we expect things to move more quickly. Our assembly time is 10:30, however folks are invited to arrive earlier to the assembly area to help decorate the cable car which will be inplace by 10 a.m. However, nothing is guaranteed and we are part of a large parade and there will still be a waiting period in the assembly area. Make use of this opportunity to decorate, get your banners set, take photos and get to know and network with your fellow marchers!

Inclusive Communion, 11 a.m.
Each year we share a brief, inclusive, and informal communion service in the assembly area before we march. Come to the cable car at 11 a.m. Communion volunteers meet at 10:45 a.m. Grape juice is served so that all may participate. You do not need to hold any particular theology or even be a member of any church, to receive these gifts. Let’s share together. All are welcome!

Boost our impact with photos
Sharing photos from the day along with the reasons we march will spread our positive spiritual message even further! Before we step off on the parade route, let’s make time for photos of the contingent, each church and group, as well as individuals with their signs and outfits! You can also take action photos during the parade and share your photos and your reasons for marching on our Facebook page. This is also a great help in promoting future participation and can also be included in your church or denominational newsletter and sent to your church’s LGBT affirming group to demonstrate your efforts.

Our contingent has been told we will step off to march sometime between 11:30 to 12:30. There may be delays, however one of the ways they hope to reduce bottlenecks is by changing parade dispersal. The Parade ends on Market Street at the intersection of 8th Street. MARCHERS (NEW): Proceed straight ahead on Market Street to 9th Street to get to the Celebration site. All vehicles turn left onto 8th Street and proceed south past Mission Street. Follow instructions of staff and volunteers before stopping to disembark any riders.

For important information about assembly, the parade route, marching, dispersing, safety rules, and broadcast info, please visit United in Spirit’s Parade Day Info page.