Integrity Georgia

No good thing will God withhold from those who walk with integrity. Psalm 84:11

Integrity is a nonprofit organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] Episcopalians and our straight friends.  Since its founding in Ft.Valley, Georgia in 1974, Integrity has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church and our equal access to its rites.  However, advocacy is only one facet of Integrity’s ministry.  At the national and local levels throughout the country, Integrity’s primary activities are:


1) worship

2) fellowship

3) education

4) communication

5) outreach, and

6) service to the church

Through Integrity's evangelism, thousands of LGBT people, estranged from the Episcopal Church and other denominations, have returned to parish life. Although the Episcopal Church has made tremendous strides toward inclusiveness, it still has a long way to go.  Unfortunately, in too many parishes and dioceses, prejudice and oppression are still the norm.  Whatever your sexual orientation, Integrity needs your support and membership.


What Is Integrity-GA?

Integrity-GA formed as a Chapter in 2010, serving the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia (most everything outside of the Atlanta area). Our current volunteer coordinators: Jamie Maury of All Saints’ Tybee Island & Fred Richter, Trinity Statesboro; contact information is listed in the next paragraph. We have existed for 8 years in this diocese and have met across the diocese in various welcoming churches in Albany, Augusta, Martinez, Savannah, Statesboro, Swainsboro, Valdosta, and Vidalia. Typically we sponsor four gatherings a year:

1) a presence at the annual diocesan convention;

2) an educational activity for local parishes;

3) an outreach activity to the local GLBT community (e.g., presence at pride festivals); and

4) a social event.


How can I establish communication with Integrity and Integrity-GA?


Integrity has an extensive web page, located at http://www.integrityusa.org. Its e-mail list is open only to official members of national Integrity. To join the national organization, go to “Support Integrity” in the right-hand column of the national web-site, and click on “Join Integrity.”


To contact Integrity-GA, please see the Contact Us page of this website. Please use the online form to be added to our mailing list and feel free to email any of the officers with your questions and concerns. Like its parent organization, Integrity-GA has a private e-mail list. It isn’t advertised, and its membership roster is never made public. You can join by referral only. Referral can be made to the list webmaster by any Integrity-GA member whom you already know, perhaps someone in your church, or on of the officers can refer you following your conversation with thim. Although you personally may not feel the need for this amount of privacy, we ask that you respect those members for whom such privacy is requested.


Thanks be to God.


Mr. Clayton E. Gagne-Thomas, Chair




Dr. Fred Richter, Co-Chair

Fred retired in 2001 from a 32 year career as a teacher and administrator at Georgia Southern University.  During those years he instigated the founding of the gay student alliance and the faculty-staff GLBT organization, serving as faculty advisor to the GSA and general ombudsman for the campus on glbt issues.  Upon retirement, he began the practice of yoga and six years ago established Christian Yoga classes at Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesboro where he also serves as Junior Warden.  He served on the Search/Nominating committee for the current bishop, is a member of the diocesan Foreign Mission leadership group, and has been a regular participant on mission teams traveling to the Dominican Republic, our companion diocese.   He and his partner of 34 years, Bob Randolph, enjoy gardening, tennis and travel together.  Fred has been a member of Integrity since Bishop Shipps days.

 

Mr. James Israel, Treasurer




Mrs. Sarah Riggle, Secretary

Sarah Riggle has been a life long musician, completing her Bachelors of Music Degree from Valdosta State University in 1972, and her Master’s of Music Degree from Winthrop University in 1976. Mrs. Riggle also retired as a First Sergeant and Army Veteran, having served in various Army Post in the US and Europe as an Army Musician. After struggling for many years with her gender identity, around 2003 Sarah began her transition from male to female. She now lives happily as the woman she knows herself to be.

Mrs. Riggle is currently married to Kay Riggle and has three children from a previous marriage and three grandchildren. Sarah and her wife are currently active guest speakers to various college classes for Sociology and Marriage Therapy as a way to introduce the students to the ‘Trans’ community. Having come to the Episcopal Church in 1994, Mrs. Riggle has served as a Vestry Member and as a delegate to the Georgia’s Episcopal Diocesan Convention. She has been an active member of Integrity Georgia for ten years.


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