Representing Other Sheep

The Executive Director regularly introduces Other Sheep to individuals he meets at
diverse gatherings. Following are some of the events he and/or Jose have attended:

ILGA 2006,
Baptist Bible
Mexico City
Interview with
Newsletter Archives:
Other Sheep Quarterly Newsletters from 2007
and our new (beginning Dec. 2007) Constant Contact eNews CLICK HERE
Right:  On TV in Paraguay with Brokeback Mountain
Below: Seminar in Buenos Aires
July 2007 - June 2008 Travels, Meetings and Events
  • Steve speaks at St.Luke's in the Field on Other Sheep and East Africa, Manhattan, June 26, 2008
  • Steve's Sermon on Marriage Equality at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, New York,  Sunday June 8, 2008
Grace Episcopal Church
Vineyard's Haven, Martha's Vineyard
October 6-8, 2007
  • Steve's Sermon preached at Grace Episcopal Church
  • Steve & Jose with Martha's Vineyard PFLAG               

  • Kenya-Uganda Project
Summer 2007
July 4 - August 24

  • Steve and Jose Report on Their Ministry in Kenya & Uganda (Five Reports) CLICK HERE
  • Gay Christian Kenyans Make Historic Event by Dialogging with Conservative Religious Leader  CLICK HERE
  • Created:  Other Sheep East Africa - Mission Statement; Support Team members  CLICK HERE
  • Created:  Other Sheep East Africa - Website
    and Site Map  CLICK HERE
  • Created:  PFLAG Nairobi  CLICK HERE
  • Commentary:  American Gospel Singer to Visit Nairobi, Wrong On Homosexuality
  • Article:  Liberty of Conscience & SMUG (Sexual Minorities Uganda) CLICK HERE
  • Personal Stories by Gay Christians from East Africa  CLICK HERE
  • Directory of Christian Ministries and Resources in East Africa  CLICK HERE
  • Rev. Elder Glenna Shepherd of MCC in East Africa with Other Sheep  CLICK HERE
  • Photos  CLICK HERE
July 2008 - June 2009 Travels, Meetings and Events

  • Steve continues to serve as committee member of Pride in the Pulpit and helps with same-
    sex marriage in New York States
  • Steve and Jose speak at two Unitarian churches
  • Steve takes two courses at Queens College towards completion of his Masters in TESOL
  • November 2008
  • Steve travels to Vienna for ILGA World Conference
  • Steve stops off in England - Birmingham - for an MCC Regional Conference; gives
    workshop on Other Sheep in East Africa; meets with Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson to discuss
    receiving extraordinary clergy credentials
  • Steve attends "MCC Introduction to Sexuality Class" in Manchester, England
  • Steve and Jose attend Other Sheep annual business meeting in St. Louis, MO
  • Steve attends ETS annual meeting with Tom Hanks in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Jose joins Tom Hanks and Steve in Boston for SBL annual meeting
  • Steve and Jose visit in the home of Rev. Henry Mayor, retired Anglican priest assisting
    ministries in Kenya, August 12 and 14
  • Steve and Jose present their PowerPoint of East Africa 2008 to a Changing Attitude
    chapter in Manchester, England.  August 13.
  • Steve and Jose visit in the home of Rev.  Glenna Shepherd, MCC Elder for Region 4,
    Brighton, England.  August 19 & 20
Photo at left:
Rev. Nancy Wilson,
MCC Moderator, left;
Rev. Yvette Flunder,
center; Steve Parelli
The East Africa 2008 Index Page will take you to Photo Gallery 3, Nairobi Star Article, Special Nairobi Seminar Report ("What the speakers said at the
seminar"), Anne Baraza Makokha's story, Rev. John Makokha's vision for Kenya, "Darkness from Light - The deep sadness I felt in Kigali as I stood before
35 Rwandan pastors," Special first hand report by an East African gay high school student on how he was discriminated against and the violence he endured,
a Report on each separate country, the handout we used in our seminars on the Bible & Homosexuality, and more. . .
...go to another web page and travel
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Visits made to this page
June 26, 2009 - June 2010 Travels, Meetings and Events

  • Chiang Mai, July 10 - July 29, 2009
  • Bangkok, Mae Sot, August 23 - 29, 2009

    See our BLOG for commentaries
    on our different experiences throughout the trip.

September 3-7, 2009 Steve and Jose attend, and Steve participates in Reconciling
Ministries Network Convocation, Estes Park, Colorado.

September 27, 2009
Steve preaches at Memorial UMC, White Plains, Westchester,
Click here for the sermon on podcast

October 11, 2009 Steve and Jose participate in the National Equality March with

February 2010 Moses of Uganda

June 14, 2010 Consultation on LGBT Human Rights and Exporting Religious
June 27, 2010 - June 29, 2011:  Travels, Meetings and Events

MCC General Conference 2010
June 27 - July 5, 2010, Acapulco


  • Hong Kong - July 8-12, 15-23, 2010
  • Guangzhou, China - July 12-15
  • Sanya, Hainan, China - July 15 - August 2, 2010
  • Bangalore, India, August 3-6, 17,18, 2010
  • Trivandrum, Alleppey, Cochin, India, August 6-17, 2010
  • Beijing, China, August 19 - September 4, 2010
Speaking Opportunities:  In October, Rev. Steve
Parelli presented Other Sheep to Bridges,
Yale's LGBTQ
and Ally interfaith group (New Haven, CT).  In January, Rev.
Parelli gave the
memorial address for David Kato at the
Love Alive International (NYC) memorial service.  In April,
Steve spoke to
Maranatha, the LGBT ministry of The
Riverside Church (NYC), and to Kelby Harrison's
Social Ethics class of Union Theological Seminary

Meetings Attended:  In November, Rev. Parelli
Discussion on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
Issues in Africa (Washington, DC); and the
SBL (Society of
Biblical Literature) Annual Meeting
(with Rev. Thomas
Hanks) in Atlanta, GA.  In December, Rev. Parelli attended
the Second LGBT/SOGI Human Rights Consultation (NYC).
Filling the Pulpit of East Bronx Baptist
 From November - March, Rev. Parelli spent
most Sundays
filling the pulpit of East Bronx
Baptist Church
, a small church consisting of about 5
people. During Lent, EBBC (East Bronx Baptist Church)
held week-day evening services hosted by St. Paul's
Evangelical Lutheran United Church of Christ with Rev.
Dr. Christopher Solomon, Pastor. Rev. Solomon invited
Rev. Parelli participate as a featured speaker.  Rev.
Solomon is a graduate of The United Theological
Semibnary of Bangalore
Makokha In New York City:  With the
help of many friends in New York City, John
Makokha of Kenya and Steve Parelli were
able to present Other Sheep Kenya in four
church settings and one home setting: The
Riverside Church - to
Maranatha -
Riversiders for LGBT Concerns;
in Harlem; Metropolitan
Community Church of New York
; Church
of St. Paul and St. Andrew
, United
Methodist (SPSA); and the
in the Bronx
Marriage Equality:

    Marriage Equality comes to New
    York State, June 24, 2011

Vacationing and Meeting LGBT
on a Caribbean cruise
Other Sheep Exec Site - Archive
Steve Parelli and Jose Ortiz  -Telling their stories with Other Sheep
September 11, 2011 - Attended:
  • DADT (Lt. Choi) and DOMA (Dr. I. Griffin), Maranatha, The Riverside Church
September 16, 2011 - Officiated:
October 1, 2011 - Attended:
  • Youth Sucide Crisis, Catholic Education, and the Souls of LGBTQ People, UTS, New York City
October 11-12, 2011 - Attended:
  • Compass to Compassion Consultation, UTS, New York City
October 14, 2011 - Attended:
  • Unitas Award Recipient The Rt. Rev. Disani Christopher Senjonjo, UTS, New York City
  • Queens Pride House welcome reception for Exec Dir Silvia M. Dutchevici, Jackson Htgs, Queens, NY
October 18, 19 2011 - Hosted: (Photos)
  • Andrew Talemwa, Asst. Exec. Dir. St. Paul's Reconciliation and Equality Centre, Uganda
October 22, 2011 - Attended:  (Photos)
  • Same-Sex Marriage and the Catholic Church, Yale Divinity School
February 2, 2012 - Parelli Testifies: (YouTube)
  • For Marriage Equality before the Assembly Judiciary Committee, Trenton, NJ.
  • Full text of Parelli's testimony (click here)
  • Published by SDGLN (click here)
March 7, 2012 - Parelli published: (Article)
  • SDGLN publishes Parelli's commentary:  How Kirk Cameron and Focus on the Family have this "we
    love gays" all worng!
April 20-22, 2012 - Attended and Spoke at: (webpage)
  • Connecting Families Retreat (Mennonite/Brethren)
June 28, 2012 - Attend the showing of the independent film "Call Me Kuchu"
For June 30, 2011 - June 29, 2012:

  • Leave JFK June 30, 2011
  • India - July 2 - August 12, 2011
  • Singapore - August 13 - 16, 2011
  • Nepal - August 17 - September 1
  • Arrive JFK September 2, 2011
Travels, Meetings and Events

    to St. Lucia, July 24 - 25
  • St. Lucia, connecting point to Martinique,
    July 25 - 27
For June 30, 2012 - June 2013:   our Travels, Meetings and Events

Nouveau:  Ressources en Français
Religion et minorités sexuelles
Ressources online
Photo at left:
Jose Ortiz in Gisenyi,
Rwanda, July 15, 2012
Above photo:
Steve Parelli and Jose Ortiz in
Istanbul, July 20, 2012