Call for Multi-faith Global Prayer initiative to mark IDAHO 2013
“There’s no fear in love”! (1 Gv 4, 18). In front of such violence against the homosexuals, and considering the silence of the world; as Christians coming from different confessions of faith, we believe that it is in our duty to give some concrete answer.
That is why on May 17th we will meet together in several cities of Italy (Rome, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo, …) to celebrate many vigils of prayer to remember the victims of homophobia and to smash in, through our testimony, the wall of silence and embarrassment that usually prevails in our churches and our society about this heavy problem.
On May 17th Catholics, Old Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, etc…: we will meet together in our churches, in our communities, in our houses to fling a yell of hope, in order that all these things get to an end. In this spirit we invite all believers to start vigils of prayer in their communities as a signal of hope.
On May 17th , you too may organize a vigil together with your friends, your group of believers, your family, your community, in your church in order to share this hope with the others. It is up to you, as Christians, to decide whether it is time to break your silence or not.
The IDAHO Committee invites “all progressive religious voices to use the Day to take whatever action they feel appropriate. We invite all to share information about their plans, so we can share this with the rest of the world and connect like-minded people together, create more momentum, and show the world how vibrant and diverse we are”.
If you have any doubts, queries or requests for information and ideas – and also so we might help to give your event more visibility – please feel free to contact Zara at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The team will be updating regularly about news and events here at our home site – tagged Global Prayer Initiative – and on our facebook and twitter pages. You can also follow updates and events using the hashtag #IDAHOprayer.
For further information visit the website dayagainsthomophobia.org . The vigils of prayer to remember the victims of homophobia will be organized in Italy with the support of Gionata, the Italian Project on Faith and Homosexuality, and in Europe with the support of the European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Christian Groups and the IDAHO committee team!
The verse vigils 2013: There’s no fear in love (1 Jn 4: 18)
The biblical passages vigils 2013: 1 John 3: 13-18, 1 John 4: 18-21
Guide-text for the vigils> Vigil for the remembrance of the victims of homophobia (file pdf)
Victims of homophobia> Italy. Matteo, a victim of homophobia at school