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Athens Pride announces Pride picnic

Athens Pride and the University of Georgia's LGBT faculty/staff organization, GLOBES, recently announced the 14th annual Athens Pride Picnic and Potluck will be held Saturday, May 1.

The picnic will be held at Lake Herrick Pavilion in the UGA Intramural Fields near the Ramsey Student Center from 1-4 p.m.

According to organizers, the picnic celebrates the university’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning staff, faculty, and students and allies.

The public is invited. Organizers ask that participants bring a potluck dish (no glassware) to the festivities.

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‘Church Without Walls’ celebrates milestone

Gentle Spirit Christian Church, the “Church Without Walls” led by Rev. Paul Turner, will celebrate its 13th anniversary at noon on Sunday, March 13 with a picnic in Chandler Park.

The LGBT-friendly church was founded in 1998 and began meeting in Chandler Park (1500 McLendon Avenue NE, Atlanta) on Sundays in 2006.

“The Gentle Spirit congregation of today looks a little different from the one of 13 years ago,” said Turner, founding and senior pastor. “We started the church to offer a home to Christians who felt left out of the mainline churches, and as we’ve explored what it means to extend God’s welcome to everyone, we’ve become a truly diverse congregation with members from all walks of life.”