CLGS Marriage Equality Event: FREE ADMISSION (Donations Gladly Accepted!)

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) Presents


A Town Hall Meeting: For Faith, For Love, Forever -- In Support of Marriage Equality


Featuring the following actors from the feature film Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom

Darryl Stephens (Noah)
Doug Spearman (Chance)
Rodney Chester (Alex)
Christian Vincent (Ricky)

Jensen Atwood (Wade)


Click HERE to watch the trailer for Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom


Event Co-Sponsors

The San Francisco Foundation

Energy 92.7 FM

First Congregational Church of Oakland

Pacific School of Religion

And Marriage For ALL

The Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund



Town Hall Meeting (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) -

Later you will enjoy the music of Transcendence Gospel Choir, the nation's first all-transgender choir, as you prepare for this historic Town Hall Meeting about Marriage Equality in California. Get ready to participate in stimulating dialog on a controversial topic with the actors of Noah's Arc and local clergy. Do this all as you fight for justice and equality in California!"

Admission to the Vibe Lounge (2272 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA) is included in ticket price (Note: If you would like to enter the VIP Room at the Vibe, tickets will be sold at the entrance of the Town Hall Meeting and the entrance of the Vibe Lounge).


The VIBE LOUNGE After Party EVENT!!  (9:30 pm - 2:00 am) -

Come relax with friends -- both new and old -- at THE VIBE LOUNGE (2272 Telegraph Avenue -- between 23rd St and West Grand Avenue -- Oakland, CA)


There are a variety of ways to participate in this program. We are currently looking for individuals and organizations to partner with us.


1. Levels of Financial Partnership

(Includes Ad in Program book and space at the Vendors Mart)

$30,000 and above - Sponsor Level,
$25,000 - $10,000 Supporter Level,
$9000 - $5000 Partner Level,
$4000 - $1000 Patron Level

For more information, please Email Rev. Roland Stringfellow

2. Program Booklet

$75 for business size,
$150 for quarter page,
$250 for half, and
$500 for full page

For more information, please Email Rev. Roland Stringfellow

3. Vender's Mart

$250 for table to display information about your organization

For more information, please Email Rev. Roland Stringfellow


PremiseCentral to the debate on same-sex marriage in the African-American community is the institution of the black church. Despite media portrayals suggesting complete disapproval, African-American clergy have a variety of opinions on same-sex marriage.

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the Pacific School of Religion is proud to sponsor a Town Hall discussion among Bay Area African-American clergy with the actors of the ground-breaking Logo network hit television series Noah’s Arc, also starring in the feature film Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom, which deals with love and marriage among African-American gay men.

The audience will have the opportunity to hear from and participate with the actors as they share their thoughts on making the first black gay love story for the big screen and speak in support of Marriage Equality in California.This event will highlight an inclusive vision among African-Americans and will be captured on film for a documentary that will be used as an educational tool for congregations and classrooms.

Clergy participating in the discussion with the cast will include:

  • Rev. Roland Stringfellow, director of the Bay Area Coalition of Welcoming Congregations
  • Rev. Lynice Pinkard, pastor, First Congregational Church of Oakland
  • Rev. Francine Brookins, pastor, Wright Chapel A.M.E. Church San Francisco
  • Rev. Dr. Dorsey Blake, Dean of the Faculty Starr King School for the Ministry

Also participating will be San Francisco’s Transcendence Gospel Choir, the nations’ first all-transgender choir.Prior to this event, there will be a delicious catered Media Reception where local and national media outlets will be present. The pubic is invited to join the fun, possibly get their photo into a magazine, and have the opportunity to meet the actors up close and personal as well as have the opportunity to get their autographs, take photos, and purchase Noah’s Arc memorabilia. Voter registration and “No on Prop 8” information will be available prior and following this forum.

Name Sales End Price Fee
Town Hall Meeting: 7:00pm to 9:00pm. FREE ADMISSION but Donations accepted   Ended Free
After Hours Party at The Vibe Lounge in Oakland DOWNSTAIRS: 9:30pm to 2:00am   Ended $20 $0.99
After Hours Party at The Vibe Lounge in Oakland UPSTAIRS with Noah's Arc Actors: 9:30pm to 2:00am   Ended $40 $1

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