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Nashville Synagogue Holds First-Ever Gay Pride Shabbat

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Rabbi Laurie Rice Rabbi Laurie Rice
Rev. Greg Bullard Rev. Greg Bullard

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- To celebrate Gay Pride Month, a local synagogue held a special LGBT service. Congregation Micah in Brentwood hosted it's first-ever Gay Pride Shabbat Friday night. 

The interfaith service allowed people from different walks of life to come and worship together. The service featured traditional music and readings from Congregation Micah and contemporary Christian praise music from Covenant of the Cross, an affirming congregation based in Madison. 

"The best we can do is honor one another, be kind to each other, and work as hard as we can while we're on this planet to make this world a better place," said Rabbi Laurie Rice.

"My church, which is a Christian church, was invited to come and share here at Congregation Micah... to be able to show how God works in different faiths with each other, and how God loves everybody no matter who they are," said Rev. Greg Bullard of Covenant of the Cross Church.

"I think it's very good because too many times we dwell on what we're different about rather than what we have in common," Rev. Bullard continued.  "As both Christians and Jews believe that we are image-bearers of God...that means we have to honor the other as well."

"All of religion asks us to look into the eyes of the other and see ourselves," Rabbi Rice went on to say. "In order to truly do that we need to see the goodness and the oneness in everyone."

Earlier in the week, both congregations, along with several others, took part in Spirituality Night at the Scarritt Bennett Center on the Vanderbilt University campus, which has become an annual interfaith tradition during Nashville's Pride Week. Reverend Bullard is the organizer of that event.

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