The Fifth Annual Rainbow Camp drew a range of campers from toddlers on up.  This year’s new activities were learning about bees, and a nature art assemblage during one of the craft times.  A great day at camp is always a gift, though it’s hard to beat watching a kid catch their first bluegill.

Rainbow Camp gives lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals a place where faith and fellowship meet. Everyone is recognized as a child of God, just as they are. Straight allies are welcome, too.

Rev. Laurie Crelly has joined ISC Pride as Co-chair. She attended the ONA National Gathering representing the Conference last summer and is being trained as an ONA consultant. Look for more opportunities for pastors and lay folks to learn about why being ONA is important in the coming year.

We presently have eight ONA congregations in Illinois South. The Conference has ONA consultants that can help your congregation discuss the Open and Affirming process and other issues related to the LGBTQ community.

ISC Pride was founded in 2010 as an extension of the Justice and Witness Team.  We provide friendship, support and networking in the Illinois South Conference for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, as well as for straight allies who have parents, siblings, children or friends who are LGBTQ. Contact iscpride@iscucc.org if you would like more information.

Submitted by Jill Baker