Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The Church in Central New York founded and consistently fostered by the GLBTQIS community. October 31, 2018 was the 35th Anniversary in our 36th year in Ministry.
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The following web site "Separate Is Not Equal" is from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  This is a multi-paged easy to read site with many historical photos.  This site is highly recommended.  To see it Click Here.

Dear Friends and Members of The Body of Christ and His Church,


Today February 1, 2019 is the anniversary of the protest of four men against the "whites-only" policy at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, NC in 1960.  It was brave non-violent acts of disobedience such as this against the unjust laws that sparked and energized the Civil Rights movement.  The struggle for liberty and justice for all is a struggle for the recognition and respect of the inherent equality and dignity of all persons.  There shouldn't be a "struggle" for these things anywhere in the world.  Dignity and equality are God-given expectations, qualities, status, and so on.  Only people attempt to take those gifts away from other people in a variety of power struggles that always lead to unjust ends.  


Ray Of Hope Church embraces and joins in the celebration of Black History Month during February each year.  Together we work as we each are able for the advancement of liberty and justice for all.  These principles are clearly expressed in our Statement Of Purpose.


Below is a description of the Greensboro Lunch Counter event from the web site for the National Museum of American History.  


Together we move forward in Christ.


Br. Benedict


from: http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/greensboro-lunch-counter


Greensboro Lunch Counter

Greensboro lunch counter

Racial segregation was still legal in the United States on February 1, 1960, when four African American college students sat down at this Woolworth counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. Politely asking for service at this "whites only" counter, their request was refused. When asked to leave, they remained in their seats. Their sit-in drew national attention and helped ignite a youth-led movement to challenge inequality throughout the South.

In Greensboro, hundreds of students, civil rights organizations, churches, and members of the community joined in a six-month-long protest. Their commitment ultimately led to the desegregation of the F. W. Woolworth lunch counter on July 25, 1960.

Ezell A. Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), Franklin E. McCain, Joseph A. McNeil, and David L. Richmond were students enrolled at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College when they began their protest.

Protests such as this led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which finally outlawed racial segregation in public accommodations.

The closing of the Greensboro Woolworth's in 1993 presented Museum curators with the opportunity to acquire this historic artifact. After extensive negotiations with Woolworth's executives and representatives of the local community, a small section of the lunch counter was donated to the Smithsonian.


'The great emancipatory gains for human freedom have not been the result of orderly, institutional procedures but of disorderly, unpredicatable, spontaneous action cracking open the social order from below.' - anthropologist and political scientist James scott (source: http://www.carpediem.click/09/22.html)
Robb Bacon b. April 7, 1933 to d. December 23, 2018, one of the Founders of Ray Of Hope Church  was always very aware of the current events, in his neighborhood, in Central NY, and around the world.  Robb frequently sent us cards and cut out articles of interest especially when the content lined up with our Statement Of Purpose.  This card was sent to Veronica Floyd during the celebration of Black History Month.
The Smithsonian Channel has a great 46 minute documentary entitled MLK: The Assassination Tapes.  "Relive an unspeakable tragedy detailed with unforgettable images, videos, and recordings only recently discovered."  CLICK HERE TO VIEW
The Human Rights Campaign has a special feature: Breaking Barriers this Black History Month.  This is an excellent article with many links for further reading.  To visit the HRC web site and read this feature article CLICK HERE.
Here is an excellent short video produced by the Smithsonian Institute entitled: What You Never Knew About Harriet Tubman.  One of our nation's greatest heroes, Harriet Tubman led slaves north to freedom via secret paths and waterways, but her skills also made her a valuable military asset to the Union Army. (2:52).  Harriet Tubman escaped to freedom in 1849.  Harriet Tubman has upstate NY in her story including Ithaca and Auburn. To see this video CLICK HERE.

Ray Of Hope

Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.

is the original Church in Central New York for

ALL People, including but not limited to

persons who are or might be:

Straight, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,



Intersex, Queer,

Asexual, Pansexual, Hetero-flexible. 

Anyone who is human!

Married, divorced, remarried, single,

and persons of all gender expressions.

Persons of any faith / religion or

no faith, no religion, or have no idea where to start with religion.

A spiritual home for those who are "spiritual but not religious."


the Church by us, for us, 4 U!

The Church made by you because

we  ARE  you!

Ray Of Hope Church was founded in 1983

and is serving Syracuse, Ithaca and Elmira New York.

We are in fact serving the world with live interactive worship services,

Bible enrichment sessions, and meetings

through SKYPE on the Internet.


We never held a vote to decide if we would be an INCLUSIVE church for you.


We are not an OPEN AND AFFIRMING church for you.






 church where you can attend as long as you blend in quietly and discretely.


THIS is the church where YOU belong.

Ray Of Hope Church is the church

by us, for us, and made by You.

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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. NBJC's mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ/SGL bias and stigma. As America's leading national Black LGBTQ/SGL civil rights organization focused on federal public policy, NBJC has accepted the charge to lead Black families in strengthening the bonds and bridging the gaps between the movements for racial justice and LGBTQ/SGL equality. To visit their elaborate web site CLICK HERE.
The Black AIDS Institute
Our mission is to stop the AIDS epidemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV.

We do this by interpreting public and private sector HIV policies, conducting trainings, offering technical assistance, disseminating information and providing advocacy mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.  To visit this great resource CLICK HERE.
GLAAD Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.  For more than 85 years, Americans have set aside time in February to recognize the many accomplishments and contributions of African Americans. Originally founded by Carter G. Woodson as Negro History Week in 1926, Black History Month was officially exapanded to a month-long celebration in 1976 by President Gerald Ford to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

While the annual celebration has since expanded in reach to include festivals, public forums and celebrations across the country, far too often the contributions of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people are often left out of the picture. From civil rights leader Bayard Rustin to community advocate Mandy Carter to well-renowned inventor George Washington Carver, black LGBT people have enriched our nation and our lives.  To visit this amazing web site CLICK HERE.
READ THE OFFICIAL APOLOGY OF THE SBC FOR ITS ROLE IN THE ADVANCEMENT OF SLAVERY AND RACISM IN THE USA.  Resolution On Racial Reconciliation On The 150th Anniversary Of The Southern Baptist Convention
Atlanta, Georgia - 1995  Click Here.
The Summer of 1961 is remembered for the Freedom Riders movement, a student movement made up of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).  These two groups staged nonviolent activates to test the new laws that said segregation in interstate public transportation and associated terminals was unconstitutional.  One of those people was Patricia Bryant, a 20-year-old Elmiran and EFA graduate.  Read her story of her experience here on the Chemung County Historical Society web site: Click here.
The Patricia Bryant story is just one of those profiled in the on-line exhibit The Color of Change. The exhibit looks at the 100-year history of the local branch of the NAACP.  To view the exhibit Click here.
Click on the NAACP logo to visit the web site.
Welcome to our Black History Month Section, Page 1  To read Page 2 Click here
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"The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice."  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.