Individuality + Affirmation + Inclusion
The idea arose out of wanting to send a welcoming and affirming message to ourselves as a congregation and to the wider community. It led to the idea of chairs, as chairs invite people to take a moment to sit and breathe. Chairs also invite conversation. We wanted our chairs to welcome the LGTBQIA+ Community, others who sometimes feel marginalized, and to send a general message of inclusion to ALL people. The Chair Project was born.
It is anchored by six adult Adirondack chairs, each in a primary color of the rainbow.
Seven individualized child sized chairs were painted.
Participating were individuals, families, artists, individuals with various disabilities, and individuals who identified with LGTBQIA+
There were church members, friends of the church, and those who had no connection.
We named and blessed it: be you, with us
It was and is both individual affirmation and invitation into community.
You are invited to come set a while; with a book, to rest, to breathe, with coffee, with a friend or a stranger.
Following are some photos: