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Iliff to Host “The Shower of Stoles” Exhibition

April 05, 2012

Shower of Stoles

Denver – Iliff School of Theology will host “The Shower of Stoles” exhibition April 23-27. The Shower of Stoles is a collection of over a thousand liturgical stoles and other sacred items representing the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith, this extraordinary collection celebrates the gifts of LGBT persons of 32 Denominations and Faith Traditions.

“FLAME is proud to sponsor this special exhibition of sacred stoles,” said Brad Walston, co-chair of FLAME student alliance, Iliff School of Theology. “Each stole in the traveling exhibition is a symbol of a powerful story, and brings with it a poignant legacy of commitment, faith, love and opportunity,” he added.

The Shower of Stoles Project was created to end religious discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. The project uses its collection of liturgical stoles and other sacred pieces from GLBT people and their supporters, each with its own individual story, to:

  • Educate people about the gifts of GLBT persons who serve God.
  • Support people, churches, denominations, and other groups in their quest to end discrimination against GLBT persons.
  • Provide a voice for GLBT persons who cannot speak for themselves to religious communities.

“We’re looking forward to hosting this special exhibition,” said M. Celeste Jackson, assistant director of Diversities and Community Relations, Iliff School of Theology. “Iliff is committed to building bridges and celebrating diversity in all of its forms. We welcome the community to visit the school and to learn through the stoles’ stories, with us along with us.”

The majority of the stoles exhibited through The Shower of Stoles were donated to the project by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; some of the Stoles were donated by family or friends in honor of a GLBT loved one. Generally, the Project does not accept individual stoles from straight allies. Instead, straight allies are represented by “signature stoles,” which are easily distinguished from the main body of the collection. Signature stoles are covered with the signatures of supportive members of congregations, regional governing bodies, or other organizations. The collection currently contains signature stoles with the signatures of over three thousand straight allies.

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The Iliff School of Theology is a graduate theological school related to the United Methodist Church, serving more than 38 different faith traditions. Founded in 1892, the school provides several degree programs, including a Joint Ph.D. Program with the University of Denver.

Media Contact: M. Celeste Jackson, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 303-765-3119

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