The Shower of Stoles Project

Article – James Geiger

The intersection of the LGBTQ and Faith Communities is no more evident than through the Shower of Stoles Project.

For the I Rise concerts, hundreds of Stoles from the collection will be on display – worn by GMCLA members during the concerts, and also on display in Disney Hall’s public spaces. Several of the Stoles are shown below, chosen at random from the site’s archives.  Here too is a moving YouTube video showcasing how the Shower of Stoles have been used to help change minds.

Created and maintained by the Institute for Welcoming Resources, The Shower of Stoles Project “is an extraordinary collection of over one thousand liturgical stoles and other sacred items representing the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of faith. These religious leaders have served in over thirty denominations and faith traditions, and come from six countries on three continents.

This collection celebrates the gifts of LGBT persons who serve God in countless ways, while also lifting up those who have been excluded from service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”