The Shower of Stoles

Starting this Sunday, October 6th, and throughout the month of October, fifty clerical stoles will be on display throughout the Sanctuary and Narthex.  They are part of a nationally touring exhibit called the Shower of Stoles. 

Each stole has been donated by a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender clergy person who has either been formally defrocked or denied access to ordained ministry, or who has laid aside their ordination because they refuse to continue living in the closet. 

These religious leaders have served in thirty-two denominations and faith traditions, in six countries, and on three continents.  Each stole contains a sewn in patch that tells the story of the person (or in some cases the community) who donated it.