INTEGRITY is an official organization of the Episcopal Church. For over 30 years Integrity has been an organization that includes women and men, single and partnered, who are gay, bisexual and transgender along with their straight friends.
Nadine and Vance at Lake Worth Pridefest (2002)
Integrity promotes inclusion of persons of all sexual orientations in the life of the Church. Chapters sponsor worship Services, educational programs, social events, and outreach activities. There are over 70 chapters in the United States, Canada, Australia and Africa.
At St. Andrew’s Church, an intentionally inclusive congregation, Integrity - Palm Beach is a parish activity that was established in October of 2001. People of all sexual orientations participate! About a third of those attending are straight. Supper is served at Integrity gatherings.
One does not have to be an Episcopalian to participate in Integrity - Palm Beach.
Integrity - Palm Beach is committed to the "Summary of the Law" given by Christ as our ethical absolute: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. The second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all other laws and the prophets.
Integrity/Palm Beach Board of Directors
The Board of Integrity-Palm Beach draws from the diverse population of St. Andrew’s Church including gay and straight members and representatives of the academic, artistic, clerical, non-profit and corporate communities in Palm Beach County.
Current members of the board, elected November 9th, 2013, are:
- Doug Cornwell, 2014 member at-large
- Carl Hardy, 2014 Secretary
- Chuck Lamont, member at large through 2015
- Brian McDonnell, Convener through 2015
- Peter Wronsky, 2014 Treasurer, member through 2015
Nadine, Anne, and Bob (March, 2004)
L-R:Partners Gordon & Larry, Mark, and Laurel
(March 26, 2006)
The Blessing of Same-Sex Relationships
from the Address by Bishop Leo Frade to the 41st Diocesan Convention, Nov. 12, 2010
Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida
“I also want to mention that in response to the fact that same sex couples are now legally permitted to be married in some states of the union and in several other countries, I have authorized the blessing of marriages of same-sex couples who have a marriage certificate and have been married legally in a jurisdiction where that is allowed. An authorized liturgy for such blessings is available upon request from the Diocesan Office. I want to thank the committee headed by Dean Doug McCaleb that worked to produce this document.
“Let me make myself very clear: I am committed to work and respect those who may be in disagreement with the blessing of same-sex unions, but at the same time I am also committed to make this diocese an inclusive place where gays and lesbians - indeed, ALL people - will be respected and have full participation in the life of our church.”
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On the second Saturday of each month Integrity gathers in the church for a Service of Holy Communion from 6 to 6:45 P.M. From 7 to 8 an informal supper is served in the parish hall. Usually a "Twenty Minute Program" on a pertinent issue is offered by various speakers. An informal social hour concludes the evening at 9 P.M.
Parking is available on the street and in the bank lot across the street.
Monthly Cycle of 6:00 - 6:45 PM Saturday Services at Saint Andrew's
Holy Communion with homily*
Holy Communion with sermon (usually by guest) 6 to 6:45 followed by INTEGRITY (supper and guest's "Twenty Minute Presentation") 6:45 to 8; Informal Socializing 8 to 9
Evening Prayer and Holy Communion (Rite 2) with brief meditation*
The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson was consecrated a Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of
New Hampshire on Nov. 2, 2003. He is pictured here during the consecration liturgy
wearing the mitre (liturgical headgear) given to him by his partner Mark Andrew.
The newly consecrated Bishop Robinson is hugged by his partner Mark Andrews.
The Order of Service and Other Resources Related to Bishop Robinson's Consecration www.nhepiscopal.org/BishopSearch/consecration.htm
In The News
Integrity South Florida Chapter Raises Money for GC12 (Integrity’s Friday Flash, March 30, 2012)
Palm Beach Makes a Splash at Diocesan Convention (November 18, 2011)
Integrity-Palm Beach Tenth Anniversary (Oct. 8, 2011)
INTEGRITY-USA Annual Report (2010)
Hundreds Gather to Celebrate PrideFest 2010 in Lake Worth (April 2, 2010)
Episcopal Church Approves a Second Openly Gay Bishop (March 17, 2010)
Gay Reverend Retires (January 9, 2009)
An Open Letter to the President-elect from Integrity/USA President The Rev. Susan Russell (December, 2008)
Canon Nolan's Final Sermon "The Last Word" (December, 2008)
Convener Margot Emery, "Whatever Happened to the Prince of Peace?" (June 28, 2008)
ANNUAL REPORT of INTEGRITY-PALM BEACH (2007)
PALM BEACH POST - September 7, 2007 - "HATE THE HYPOCRISY, NOT THE GAY SENATOR"
That's How The Light Gets In (Bishop Leopold Frade, June - 2007)
THE NET - April 2007 - PrideFest Parade
Year End Report - Year End Report From Integrity-Palm Beach
Palm Beach Post - October 31, 2006 - "Marriage Not In Danger, But Civil Rights Are"
Integrity USA Letter - October 14, 2006 - 5th Anniversary Congratulations to Integrity-Palm Beach from Integrity's National President
Forum - September 16, 2006 - The Art of Living Singly (led by Fr. Roger G. Allee)
Reuters - June 19, 2006 - New Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop
Independent Community News - May 11, 2006 - HRC's Harry Knox to Preach at St. Andrew's
Independent Community News - March 2, 2006 - Dignity/Palm Beach has New Home in Lake Worth
Independent Community News - Jan 2006 - Rev. Hamilton to Retire
VOICE of INTEGRITY - Fall 2005
Palm Beach Post - October 26, 2005 - The Episcopal Church Deacon's Life Revolves ........
Sun Sentinel - August 5, 2005 - Integrity Fellowship Takes An Inclusive Approach
TWN The Weekly News - July 14, 2005 - Letters
The Independent Gay News- May 2005 - Harvest of Voices Celebrates Lake Worth's Diversity
Palm Beach Post - April 2005 - "Out in South Florida" Excerpt
April 2005 - Parade Photos
Palm Beach Post - April 2005 - Memories, Celebration Mingle at Annual Pridefest Gathering
Sun Sentinel - Feb 2005 - After 491/2 Years, It's Official
Palm Beach Post Article - Jan 2005 - Gay-Friendly Renown a Draw for West Palm
Independent Community News - Dec 2004 - 49 Years and Counting...
Palm Beach Post Article - Dec 2004 - Church Members put on Heavenly Dinners
Palm Beach Post Article - Nov 2004 - Father Gushee is a former Dean of Christ Church
Independent Community News - Nov 2004 - BBC Visits Palm Beach Integrity Group
THE NET - Oct/Nov 2004 - Integrity Chapters Take Active Role in Parish Ministries
Palm Beach Post Letter - Aug 2003 - Critics of Gay Bishop Forget that God Welcomes All People
Sun Sentinel Article - Aug 2003 - Episcopalian Church had Gay Ministry Two Years Before Controversy
THE NET - Jun 2003 - We are Not an "Issue"; We are Children of God
Palm Beach Post Article - May 2003 - Coming Out in High School
Palm Beach Post Article - May 2003 - Reaction can be Everything When Gay Teen Confides
Palm Beach Post Article - Dec 2002 - Church Opens its Arms to Gays
The Rev. Paul A. Rasmus
Rector of St. Andrew's Church
Integrity Chaplain ex officio
The Rev. Patricia Masterman
Deacon, St. Andrew's Church
Founding Convener Emeritus
P. Vance Oden
Canon Richard T. Nolan
The Rev. William E. Hamilton
Chaplain Emeritus of Integrity-Palm Beach 2006 -
Retired Rector of Saint Andrew's Church 2006
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100 North Palmway
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
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