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    CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE Press Release, New Visions Project February 29, 2000 Eighteen Bay Area Churches to Stage Election Eve No-On-22 Vigil Lesbian
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2000

      Press Release, New Visions Project
      February 29, 2000

      Eighteen Bay Area Churches to Stage Election Eve No-On-22 Vigil
      Lesbian Evangelist Rev. Janie Spahr to Offer Keynote Address

      PALO ALTO, Calif.--)--Feb. 29, 2000--The New Visions Project, a coalition of
      18 San Francisco Bay Area churches, announced today that nationally-known
      activist Rev. Jane Adams Spahr will join with local religious leaders in an
      election eve vigil to oppose the anti-gay hostility symbolized by California
      proposition 22, the Knight Initiative.

      The event will take place at 7:00 PM on March 6 at First Presbyterian
      Church, 1140 Cowper Street, in Palo Alto. Representatives from all 18
      coalition churches, representing 10 religious denominations, will
      participate in the service.

      ``We're pleased to welcome Rev. Spahr as our keynote speaker,'' said Bruce
      Hahne, co-organizer of the New Visions Project. ``For centuries,
      Christianity has either tacitly or explicitly supported the oppression of
      gay and lesbian people. Janie's voice is one of a growing chorus calling on
      the Christian Church to heal itself of its own hatred.''

      ``We're weary of the mythologies, misinformation and misleading definitions
      which lead to scapegoating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,''
      commented Rev. Spahr. ``What happens when the law forgets the people?''

      The election eve New Visions Vigil is open to the public and the press. The
      dress code is casual, with rainbow colors encouraged. Attendees will have
      the opportunity to meet with Rev. Spahr at a reception to be held
      immediately after the service.

      About New Visions

      The New Visions Project is a coalition of 18 Bay Area churches sponsoring a
      series of community events to raise public awareness of the historic and
      tragic role which religion has played in the promotion of anti-gay
      hostility. More information about the complete New Visions series is
      available at the project's web site at www.newvisionsproject.org.

      About Janie Spahr

      In 1991, Rev. Jane Adams (Janie) Spahr, a lesbian woman, was chosen to
      become one of four co-pastors at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church in
      Rochester, NY. After an extended battle within the Presbyterian Church
      (U.S.A.) court system, the highest judicial body of the Presbyterian Church
      voided Downtown United Presbyterian's call of Rev. Spahr on the grounds that
      the ordination of openly lesbian persons violated official church policy.
      Since 1993, Rev. Spahr has served as an evangelist with That All May Freely
      Serve (TAMFS), a national organization working to promote full inclusion of
      gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the Presbyterian Church
      U.S.A. More information about TAMFS is available at www.tamfs.org.

      New Visions Project list of sponsoring churches and organizations:

      All Saints' Episcopal Church (Palo Alto)
      Alum Rock United Methodist Church (San Jose)
      Chalice Christian Church, Disciples of Christ (San Mateo)
      Congregational Church of Belmont, UCC (Belmont)
      Dignity/San Jose: GLBT Catholics, Families, and Friends (San Jose)
      First Christian Church of San Jose (San Jose)
      First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto (Palo Alto)
      First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto (Palo Alto)
      Gay Ministry Committee, Santa Clara County Council of Churches
      Grace United Methodist Church (Saratoga)
      Los Gatos Unitarian Fellowship (Los Gatos)
      Los Gatos United Methodist Church (Los Gatos)
      Metropolitan Community Church of San Jose (San Jose)
      New Community of Faith (San Jose)
      Peninsula Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
      (San Jose)
      Pescadero Community Church (Pescadero)
      Sunnyhills United Methodist Church (Milpitas)
      Trinity Cathedral - Episcopal (San Jose)
      Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sunnyvale
      Unity Palo Alto Community Church (Palo Alto)
      University Lutheran Church (Palo Alto)

      New Visions Project
      Bruce Hahne 408/732-1698
      Derrick Kikuchi, 415/586-1416
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