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Queer Ancestors, Holy Pride: A Community Arts Collage

On June 22, 2021, students, alumni, and friends of United got together for a special Pride arts lunch, where we created a community arts collage around the theme of queer ancestry, pride, and lgbtq+ iconography. The Following Pride flag is inspired by Daniel Quasar's Progress: Pride Flag Reboot, which brings together Gilbert Baker's original design with Tierney's inclusive Pride Flag (which incorporates black and brown strips in honor of black and other POC members of the LGBTQ community) and Seattle LGBTQ Commission's flag (which includes the pink, white and blue of the transgender flag). 

Participants sent images of themselves, their friends, their ancestors, cultural figures, fictional characters, ritual items, historical artifacts, and religious symbols that they associate with Pride, lgbtq history, and queer liberational values. Click on the image to zoom in and see the inclusive, evocative, and celebrated persons, icons, and artifacts that shape Pride! 

United Pride Collage 2021

This community collage was created in one of United's weekly Arts Lunches. Join us next week, June 29, 2021 for an special session to end this year's Pride Month offerings:

Shelter: A Viewing and Discussion with Leigh Finke
12pm-1pm CDT
Zoom: 252-534-6666 Password: Awes-Freem
In this arts lunch, local filmmaker Leigh Finke will share a short experimental film she created, which captures her experience of a month-long depressive episode that occurred during the pandemic. After the viewing there will be a discussion of the film itself, representations of queer and trans pain and joy, and general Q & A.
Leigh Finke is a writer, producer, and editor from St. Paul, Minnesota, and is also the creator of Totally Gay Productions  Her work focuses on religion and culture and how both intersect with the lives of queer people. Her books include Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: A Guide for LGBTQ+ Christian Teens and Welcoming and Affirming: A Guide to Supporting and Working with LGBTQ+ Christian YouthHer films include White Savior: Racism in the American Church and Ending the Silence: Confronting Sexual Shame in the Church.

Max Brumberg-Kraus

Max Brumberg-Kraus is a 2020 alum of United, with an MA in Theology and the Arts. Max also works in marketing at United as a Digital Content Specialist. Max is a performing artist and writer in Saint Paul, MN, and a proud member of the queer artist scene.

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