They’ll Know We are Christians by Our Love - Celebrating Pride

One of my favorite songs students sing in chapel at our day school is, They’ll Know We are Christians by Our Love. I love to hear our students sing out, “we will work with each other, we will work side by side. And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride and they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

We’ll guard each one’s dignity stands as a gentle but powerful reminder of our promise to one another and to our communities—to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being. Our baptismal covenant invites us into community, committing to one another and to all people through Christ’s transformative love.

The witness of St. Stephen’s has been to resist holding our baptismal covenant only for ourselves but instead we allow it to empower us in our communities, particularly in the Montrose neighborhood. For decades our charism has been the love and care for those in the LGBTQIA community, to share Christ’s love via our words, actions, friendship, and labor, erasing the line between “us” and “them” and instead becoming “we.” We march at the annual pride parade with Integrity because the LGBTQIA community is a part of us and our covenant binds us together with dignity and love.

Join us Saturday, June 23, for Houston Pride. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will be present during Pride as we march in the parade with Integrity Houston, a ministry of care for LGBTQIA + Christian identifying folks.

Come out to witness Christ’s love in Houston community.

 Ryan Hawthorne, Youth Missioner

Ryan Hawthorne, Youth Missioner