Thursday, January 3, 2013

Do Gays Need a Church of Their Own Anymore?

On that Sunday in 1968 when Troy Perry borrowed a minister’s robe and started a church for gays in his living room, the world was a very different place.

Perry’s Metropolitan Community Churches was then a lone spiritual refuge for openly gay Christians, an idea so far from the mainstream that the founders were often chased from places where they tried to worship. Four decades later, some of the most historically important American denominations, which had routinely expelled gays and lesbians, are welcoming them instead.  Full story here!

WGB:  Do you attend church?  If so which type/denomination.

6 comments:

Thomas Simmons said...

Have no problem with the Metropolitan Church continuing...but don't see a need for it (and not sure its healthy). I am a regular at an Episcopal Church, where we have a true 'community:' straight, lesbian, gays, blacks, whites, native, immigrant, you name it. True community, rather than a monolithic demographic.

Bert said...

I belong to the Episcopal Church. When I was looking for a gay-friendly church about 13 or 14 years ago, I attended a service or two at MCC. I really appreciate what they have done (and continue to do) for LGBT folks. The Episcopal Church was the right fit for me, though. My husband and I had a blessing ceremony there.

Frank said...

I no longer attend services. I always considered myself more of a Catholic than a Christian. I attended Dignity for many years and it was a very important part of my coming out. The Ratzenger Letter and its aftermath led to a purging of LGBT ministries in the Catholic Church - a church that once held promise but has become quite regressive. Dignity, for me provided a "graceful" exit from the Roman Church, but I had no desire to find another church, mainstream, MCC or even Episcopal.

As someone without a church I have been able to observe from the outside. I find none of the established religions resonate with my spirituality. I'm more of the mind of John Lennon: "...imagine no religion..."

Anonymous said...

I go to an extremely conservative Evangelical church, and though the staunch anti-gay/unabashedly right- wing atmosphere is annoying, the people are generally lovely and I still feel at home there. When I move out however, I'm sure I'll go church shopping.
and Thomas, MCCs aren't "gay churches" necessarily, they were just the first affirming denomination to gain traction. The atmosphere there is certainly not monolithic.

Anonymous said...

Reformed Church of America. Despite its name, it has a long way to go when it comes to LGBT inclusion. But one has to start somewhere...

Jeffrey said...

I've never been a religious person, but I do attend services on Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving...the big holidays...and occasionally, I'll go on other random Sundays. I even sometimes play piano and/or sing in church, once in a while. The church I am a member of is of the Disciples of Christ denomination, which is a VERY liberal off-shoot of the Methodists. They're very open and welcoming of anyone and everyone.