Maranatha, a ministry of The Riverside Church, is committed to serving God by fostering greater understanding while promoting equity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning people. To these ends, we have organized our ministry to serve, advocate, and support the LGBTQ community.
The Service Committee continues to pursue its goal of championing humanitarian causes by assisting members of the LGBTQ community who are in need. One example is Maranatha's work as a lead organizer of the Greater New York Task Force for Homeless LGBTQ Youth.
The Advocacy Committee creates its own projects as well as aligns itself with other LGBTQ organizations of faith in order to work toward equal rights for all and to end spiritual violence.
The Support Committee provides support to the general body of Maranatha through the use of creative special events and meetings that help to provide further cohesiveness among our members.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does Maranatha mean?
Maranatha means “The Lord Cometh” or “Lord Come to Me” and was used as an expression of greeting and encouragement among the early-persecuted Christians.
When does Maranatha meet?
Maranatha regularly meets at The Riverside Church the second Sunday of every month following the morning worship service for educational, advocacy, and support programs.
What are Maranatha annual events?
Maranatha continues its annual social events including the annual Christmas party and the LGBT Pride Breakfast on Pride Sunday. Further, since 1978, Maranatha has marched in the LGBT Pride parade, adding a float in 2000.
Are there other activities or events?
Oh yes! Maranatha stays very active with many activities and events occurring each month.
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Maranatha also continues a information table at Coffee Hour on Sunday morning. Come visit us!