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Services: “Rainbow Pride Maypole

Preparation: A maypole with 6 ribbons is raised in a stand. Perhaps 6 to 8 feet. Just tall enough for people to see. The ribbons are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet.

Calling:
Welcome this evening to this community interfaith service.
You see before you a maypole with 6 ribbons.
Maypoles are always raised in a community,
by the community
For the community.
The weaving of a maypole is always a public event.
It is where people come together to strengthen and renew the social fabric of their common society.  
May our six representatives please rise.

[six people rise and walk towards the pole.  
As they circle the pole the narration continues]

Our Pride pole is six fold.  
That is 3 pairs representing 3 continuums.  

The First continuum is our biology…
[1st pair pick up the red and green ribbons
 And place their hand on the pole]

Male, Female and everything there is between
[The two step back in opposite directions]

The Second continuum is our identity…
[2nd pair pick up the orange and blue ribbons
 And place their hand on the pole]

Male, Female and everything there is between
[The two step back in opposite directions]

The Third continuum is our orientation…
[3rd pair pick up the yellow and violet ribbons
 And place their hand on the pole]

Male, Female and everything there is between
[The two step back in opposite directions]

[The dancers face off and begin their dance]

All of us are somewhere on these continuums
All of us have to discover the color of our own ribbon
And find our way through this complex dance.
Each of us take turns being visible and hidden, inside and out
Each of us have to dance our own dance within the spectrum of possibilities
For it is in the weaving of all possibilities that the web of life grows strong.

[hopefully by now the dancers have made two or three rounds
 And the braid has begun.]

The weave has only begun, yet now dancers must stop.

[The dancers stop]

For much of the web of life is yet to be weaved
And no one can weave it in our place.
We have to do the weaving this night and all nights.

[The dancers drop their ribbons and return to their seats]

As we gather tonight, May we create a sacred space
A place where each of us, any of us, all of us
Can pick up, try out and hold our own unique braid of colors
Shamelessly, Guiltlessly, Fearlessly, Confidently
May our gathering tonight be the beginning of a new fabric
A time and place where each of us can gain strength
To take our own ribbon home
And weave it as best we can
through the rest of our lives.

Copyright: The author has given Unitarian Universalist Association member congregations permission to reprint this piece for use in public worship. Any reprints must acknowledge the name of the author.

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Last updated on Monday, March 25, 2013.

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