A poem: A Protest and a Party

A Protest and a Party
By Hannah Roberts Villnave

People sometimes ask:
Is Pride a protest
Or a party?
And the answer is
Of course
And why not?
Why not
Rejoice as we resist
Dance as we demand change
Celebrate as we create community that delights in

All of who we are?
So bring all of that
With you this morning.
Bring your policy demands
Bring your glitter
Bring your supreme court broken heart
Bring your rainbow socks
Bring the emptiness you feel
For our siblings gone too soon.
Bring your Gloria Estefan remix
Bring your tender hope for change
Bring your most garish eyeshadow
Bring your spirit, tattered and battered
By a world that seems insistent on
Choosing fear and hate.
Gather up all these things
And bring them here
To a place where we don’t
Have to shoulder these burdens
Or celebrate these joys
Come, let us worship

Hannah Roberts Villnave
The Rev. Hannah Roberts Villnave serves as minister of the UU Church of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Prior to that, she lived in Baltimore where she fell in love with crab cakes, Orioles baseball, and her wife, Catherine.