Light up The Cathedral


Light Up the Cathedral 2021

You are invited to join LGBTQ Faith Leaders and Faithful at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. Join Dean Penny Bridges and other Faith Leaders as we gather together, in person to celebrate our faith and resilience and remember those we have lost in the past year. Joining us for Light up the Cathedral 2021 will be Erica Pinto, Jamul Indian Village Chairwoman who will offer a Kumeyaay Land Acknowledgment and Ral Christman Jr. who will perform a traditional Kumeyaay blessing. Music will also be provided by the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and the San Diego Queer Youth Chorus. After the service the Cathedral will be lit in rainbow colors.

Bus route: 3


About St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral 

St. Paul’s Cathedral is an Episcopal located in the Bankers Hill neighborhood in the city of San Diego. It is the formal seat of the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. It traces its origins to the first Protestant church in San Diego, founded in Old Town in 1853. The Very Reverend Penny Bridges is the Dean of the Cathedral.

American Sign Language interpretation services will be available at this event. We will provide reserved seating for those who use ASL interpreters and those with accessibility needs in the first row. The event is accessible to all mobility devices. All-gender, mobility-device-accessible restrooms are available. Large print programs are available with advance request. Please make request for large print programs not later than July 7 by emailing [email protected] For any other accommodation needs, please email [email protected] one week before the event.

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Light of Pride Awardee

Light of Pride: an individual or religious organization that is recognized for their persistent and sustained support of the San Diego LGBT Community and that are making significant contributions to the LGBT Community through their time, actions, talents, and dedication.

The Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition, a non-profit, nongovernmental tribal coalition has been providing services and advocacy for women and 2SLGBTQ people. Giving voice to the marginalized and believing that love should not hurt, the Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition brings awareness against sexual assault and domestic violence in San Diego Indian Country. Their focus is to assist in the essential change needed to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault by working to improve systemic and community responses to Native American women, their families, and their community.

Learn more about our Light of Pride Awardee here >>


  • Procession of Ministries 
  • Land Acknowledgement (Erica Pinto for the Kumeyaay Nation)
  • Welcome (Reverend Penny Bridges)
    • Welcome from the Mayor of San Diego (Todd Gloria)
    • Kumeyaay Blessing (Ral Ashaa)
  • Reading (Minister Mary Anne Horton)
  • Reading (Director Jorge Mendoza)
  • Keynote Address (Reverend Penny Bridges)
  • Song 
    • “Anthem” by Leonard Cohen (Heather Lawrence)
  • Presentation of Light of Pride of Pride Award
    • Awardee: Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition
  • Song
    • “A Million Dreams” from the Greatest Showman (San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus)
  • Prayer Commemorating those we have lost to COVID-19
  • Song
    • “You’ll never walk alone” from Carousel (Stephanie Mahan)
  • Responsive Prayer
    • Reverend Dr. Hannah Ka & Lay Minister James Crosley
  • Blessing
    • Reverend Peter Navarra & Reverend Micelle Kirby
  • Organ Voluntary 
    • Gabriel Arregui
  • The End