Symbols of Faith & Pride are a set of US-manufactured faith symbol pins, available in Pride flag colors. We'll begin with Rainbow/Gay pride pins featuring the Christian Cross, Jewish Star of David, Muslim Crescent & Star & Pagan Pentacle. Stretch goals will unlock Pride options for other flags as well as unlocking the Universalist Unitarian Chalice, Buddhist Lotus, and Hindu Aum.
Once a flag option has been unlocked, it will be available in all unlocked pins. You may choose as many different flags or pins as there are different pins in your order! Mix and match to fit your identities or the mix of faiths and identities that makes up your family!
Why this project? Why now?
We’d been discussing the possibility of Symbols of Faith & Pride for several months – since about halfway through the Solidarity Fist Pin Kickstarter – but recent events have pushed this to the forefront of our minds. Mandy grew up in a United Methodist Church in rural Pennsylvania and left at age eighteen, while Steve's parents were members of a UMC Church until very recently, their father very active in Reconciliation, so the ruling – and the defiant response of many churches – have been alternately crushing and uplifting. While we are both very happy in our home as members of our Reform Synagogue, we understand intimately the pain and the resistance of our friends who are still members of the UMC, and other friends and family who have found varying degrees of love and rejection in their own faith homes. With that in mind, we are launching our next Kickstarter to fund a set of pins which speaks to our hopes as we move forward.
- Size: 1.25"/31.75 mm tall
- Thickness: 1.6mm
- Fill: soft enamel
- Finishing: black metal + front-side polished
- Attachment: single post + rubber clutch
Each pin depicts a different faith symbol. The Christian symbol has a black cross with radiating beams of rainbow colors. The Magen David has each point in a different rainbow color. The Crescent and Star has a radiating rainbow within its arc, and the Pentacle has each point a different color with a purple rim. The Lotus has petals of varying color, and the Chalice and Aum sit on a radiating color background with a black rim around the edge of the pin.
First Stretch Goal: $3500
At this stretch goal, we will unlock the UU Chalice option. This pin will initially be unlocked with Rainbow colors, and we will add flag options as we hit further stretch goals!
Second Stretch Goal: $4250
At the Second Stretch Goal, we'll unlock the Bisexual, Transgender, Non-Binary and Asexual options for all unlocked pins. The above 4 are examples -- all pins are available in all options!
Third Stretch Goal: $5000
At this stretch goal we'll add the Buddhist Lotus & Hindu Aum in all unlocked pin colors!
Fourth Stretch Goal: $6000
At this stretch goal we will unlock the Mjolnir Pride pin option.
Fifth Stretch Goal: $7250
At this level we will unlock the Atheist Pride pin option.
Sixth Stretch Goal: $8,500
At this stretch goal we will unlock the Aromantic, Pansexual, Queer Pride, and Genderqueer options for all unlocked designs.
Seventh Stretch Goal: $10,000
At this stretch goal we will add the Genderfluid, Inclusive Lesbian, Bear & Demisexual flags to all unlocked designs.
Eighth Stretch Goal: $12,000
At this stretch goal we will add a 'United In Faith & Pride' 7.5" x 3.75" bumper sticker to every order.
If by some magic we blow past all of our stretch goals, we'll take a community poll as to which flags to add next. If your flag isn't represented, the best way to make sure we add it is to help us hit all of our stretch goals!
Risks and challenges
We are a full-time shop, and this is our third enamel pin project. We have extensive experience with working with factories, distributors, and shipping. A lot of research went into choosing our manufacturer, based on US production, previous products, and responsiveness. We'll be reviewing samples of all pin designs before mass production to ensure that the mold and Pantone colors meet our standards and your expectations. (Don't worry, there will be update pictures for backers!) If we run into any production issues or delays, we'll work with the factory to ensure a quality end result.
Production needs may change design elements slightly, but we don't foresee much need for that since we've been working closely with our production company on proofs. If anything changes, we'll keep everyone in the loop!
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