Jos76’s Blog

Thoughts and musings on life in a gay marriage.

Here’s the church, here’s the steeple…

Posted by jos76 on January 26, 2008

So here’s a phrase that you don’t hear a gay guy say too often…I love my church.  Better yet, here’s a phrase that you don’t hear Christians saying too often…we love our gay members.  Ok, maybe we do hear some churches saying that they love their gay members and all gay people, but it is usually followed by something like..but we hate their sin and their lifestyle.  This is the reputation that most mainline Christians churches have because of the media and many of the current political candidates.

However, this not really the ideology and theology of many Christians churches.  Our church, an Open and Affirmation congregation of the United Church of Christ, is not at all what people might think. To get a better idea, watch this video of a UCC  commercial that aired a few years back to get a better idea:

Dac and I have really found a church home in the UCC.  In our particular congregation, there are about four or five gay and lesbian couples.  Other than that, most of the congregation is made up of many multi-generational familes, including one man who was the first child baptized in the church close to 80 years ago.  It is exciting to be part of a diverse group of people who respect us both individually and as a couple.  

You can search for a congregation in your area on the UCC web site (the link is to the right).  Be sure to look for an Open and Affirming (OnA) congregation as some UCC churches have not elected to follow this theology, though the vast majority has.

Jos76

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2 Responses to “Here’s the church, here’s the steeple…”

  1. Rick said

    I know the one in Salem you’re speaking of. Maybe I’ll come by sometime. Thanks for sharing.

  2. jos76 said

    Please come by anytime. It is a great community with many opportunities to be involved in different activities and groups. Let me know if you are goinhg to come by and I will be sure to introduce myself and Dac. Bring your boyfriend too.

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