Brentwood Christian Church will be hosting a Rainbow Dance, free and open to all elementary school-aged children and their parents or guardians.
Pastor Phil Snider said the idea was born a couple of months ago, when a member of his church told him that her child came home, sad that she felt left out of her school’s father-daughter dance because she has two moms.
At the Rainbow Dance, families of all types will be welcome, Snider said. That includes lesbian couples, grandparents who take care of their grandchildren and families in which the father has died or isn’t around often.
“More than anything, we want kids and families to be able to participate and have a fun time,” Snider said. “Especially kids that might feel left out from father-daughter dances.”
Snider said the dance on June 1 will include different kinds of music, snacks and games. The event is open to the community.
Snider said he’s participated in father-daughter dances before and they’ve been a lot of fun.
“We are appreciative of the father-daughter dances, there’s nothing at all we would harbor against them. We just want to extend it further to those who don’t have a dad so it’s more open and inclusive,” Snider said.
Snider has been outspoken in his support for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. In 2012, a video of him asking City Council to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance received national attention. He pointed out parallels between the religious arguments against racial integration in the 20th century and arguments opposing gay rights in the 21st.
“Our church has a long history of being welcoming and affirming of LGBTQ persons and their families,” Snider said. “We do that because of our faith and not in spite of our faith …. As a church we want to celebrate the many different families that are part of our congregation and are a part of God’s family.”
Snider said his church’s denomination, Disciples of Christ, “value(s) dignity and equality for all people, including LGBTQ friends.”
Source: Alissa Zhu, DZHU@NEWS-LEADER.COM
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