Namaste Beloveds! Welcome to PrideMinistry!
We invite you to learn more about who we are, what we value, what we offer, and why it is that you absolutely belong here with us!
It is the mission of PrideMinistry to foster a safe, sacred, embracing, and welcoming Interfaith/Interspiritual community for individuals, partnerships, households, friendships, and families in Alternative Lifestyles, Alternative Relationships, and Non Traditional constellations; for people who identify as being part of sex, sexuality, sexual practices, or gender minority groups; for individuals whose identities are Non Conforming and defy binaries; and their committed Allies.
This vibrant spiritually Alternative tribe is committed to enriching participants’ spiritual lives, and providing a safe, loving, and nurturing safe haven for non-traditional seekers. We do so by offering a plethora of Affirming services, programs, and resources to meet the diverse lifecycle, ritual, worship, liturgy, and spiritual counseling needs of participants. We are deeply and wholly committed to bringing the continued development of sacred consciousness to ourselves, our communities, and the wider world, which so desperately need us to live in our Truth, claim our Queer, Genderqueer, Alternative, Non Traditional, Non Binary, and Non Conforming birthrights, and support each other in remaining nourished, safe, held, and heard.
The Core Values of Pride Ministry
Interfaith/Interspirituality –With the flexibility and open-mindedness of the Interspiritual lens, we honor and encourage spiritual expression through diverse wisdom paths, faiths, practices, ideas, and traditions.
The Divine as Nonbinary – We refer to the Divine Mystery themselves as the fluid, organic, ever shifting the state of the Universe and existing in infinite faces and facets, all genders and no genders, diverse and limitless in nature, defying human-made false binaries.
Honoring People Who Have Suffered Spiritual/Religious Injury — We fully validate the experiences and journeys of people who have endured subtle and overt wounding perpetrated by religious communities, clergy, and family systems. We dedicate ourselves to fostering a safe, understanding and affirming environment where participants can connect to their spiritual longings in a community of supportive spiritual seekers, and in ways that feel safe and authentic to each individual.
Recognition of Our Own Divine Nature – We strive to remain awake to the holiness in all things, including within ourselves, through commitment to personal growth and development, and a deep compassion for self and others.
Human Sexuality is Diverse and Sacred – We recognize that diverse sexual orientations, identities, practices, and preferences are a gift from the Divine, holy and unique to each individual. There is no superior form of consensual intimate expression among consenting adults, as we are all created in the diverse, multifaceted, infinite image of the Divine Creatrix hirself. We acknowledge the need for people to treat human sexuality and interpersonal connections with mindfulness and with the utmost emphasis on mutual consent and the well being of all.
Relationships are Diverse and Sacred – We recognize, celebrate, and acknowledge the sacredness of all relationship configurations among consenting adults. There is no superior form of relationship. Just as Divine Consciousness expresses their love and connectedness in an incalculable number of ways, so does humankind. Love is boundless and all of its authentic expressions are holy.
Honoring The Ancestors – We remember and revere the ancestors of the LGBTQ, Alternative Relationship/ Alternative Lifestyle, Poly/Consensual Non-Monogamy, Kink/BDSM/Leather, and LGBTQAI+ Movements. We invoke them in our hearts and homes so that we may understand our deep and rich connection to our heritages and histories. In remembering the ancestors, we also acknowledge our own obligation to strive to live our best possible lives so that we may serve as role models to future generations when we take our place among honored community forbearers.
Taking Care of Each Other – We understand that compassion is not just a sentiment, but that it is a call to action to engage in mutual support in real and tangible ways. We strive to not let sex, sexuality, sexual practices, gender, or relationship minority persons live in spiritual isolation.
Living with Integrity – We build trust through respect, honesty, ethical behavior, fair-mindedness, reason and rationality.
Rev. Deb (pronouns she/her/hers) is the Founder, Spiritual Director, and Senior Minister of PrideMinistry. She is also an LGBTQAI+, Poly/CNM, Kink./Leather/BDSM/Fetish, Straight Ally, and Alternative Relationship/ Alternative Lifestyle-affirming psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan and online. She is an ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual minister through the One Spirit Seminary, where she serves as a dean in the institution’s Interspiritual Counseling Program. She holds a Doctorate in Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Rev. Deb’s Progressive Interfaith/Interspiritual ministry is committed to the spiritual healing of Alternative souls. So that she may work with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences, Rev. Deb’s training includes expertise and/or familiarity with world religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Nature and Earth-based Spirituality, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shamanism, Wicca, Goddess Path, Basque Maryism, Ancestor Worship, Tantra, Neo Tantra, Baha’i Faith, Yoga, Atheism, Pre-Colonial African faiths, Mormonism, Sufism, Hare Krishna, Voodoo, Neo Paganism, Deism, Jainism, Native American traditions, Seventh Day Adventism, Gnosticism, Shinto, Quakers, Rastafarianism, Pentecostalism, and Sikhism.
Rev. Deb served as the Chief of the Behavioral Health Program at Interfaith Medical Center and was the Director of Social Work at Orthodox Union’s Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities. She presently serves as advising chaplain, community-building, and lifecycle ritual consultant to LGB, Queer, Trans/GNC, and Alternative Lifestyle forums and organizations. She holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work and has a bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies from Hunter College and a minor in World Religions, where her focus was in Jewish-led American Leftist social justice movements of the Twentieth Century.
She currently mentors masters and PhD-level students, and clinically supervises clergy, seminary students, and spiritual/pastoral counselors from diverse religions, as well as psychotherapists, mental health counselors, sex educators, and psychologists. Rev. Deb has appeared in over 300 public speaking engagements on topics including theology, spiritual practice, mental health, Postmodernism, counseling, human sexuality, and organizational management.