"Through grassroots activism, educational outreach, coalition-building, and use of theatrical camp, The Abbey of the Grand Palmetto creates safe space for self-expression and identity. Our ministry of joy, unconditional love, and acceptance allows us to integrate those traditionally disenfranchised and marginalized members of society and create a community that is rich in diversity, mutual respect, and harmony."
"The Abbey of the Grand Palmetto envisions a world where every person is filled with joy, is devoid of stigmatic guilt, and is free to express their true and genuine self, knowing they are loved."
We are dedicated to serving the people of the Upstate and bridging the divides in our communities, LGBTQIA+ and straight.
We perform the same functions as sisters and nuns in various faiths and traditions, albeit with slightly different vows. We care for the sick, educate the ignorant, raise funds for the needy, and minister to those needing succor.
We paint our faces and wear habits to push the envelope, creating safe space for those who need assistance in finding their voice.
We believe that if we can be this outrageous, outlandish and sometimes ridiculous, that there is room for everyone else to express themselves.
We hold our corporate business meetings on the last Sunday of each month (unless otherwise noted).
Our meetings are open to the public, so if you are interested in joining us, please contact us for more information. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings and encourage community input.