December 21, 2009

Encouraging Words 12/21/09-'Evangelical Church Opens Door Fully to Gays


The auditorium lights turned low, the service begins with the familiar rhythms of church: children singing, hugs and handshakes of greeting, a plea for donations to fix the boiler.

Then the 55-year-old pastor with spiked gray hair and blue jeans launches into his weekly welcome, a poem-like litany that includes the line "queer or straight here, there’s no hate here."

The Rev. Mark Tidd initially used the word "gay." But he changed it to "queer" because it’s the preferred term of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people invited to participate fully at Highlands Church.

Tidd is an outlaw pastor of sorts. His community, less than a year old, is an evangelical Christian church guided both by the Apostle’s Creed and the belief that gay people can embrace their sexual orientation as God-given and seek fulfillment in committed same-sex relationships.

We are happy to add Highlands Church to our list of independent, affirming churches.
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1 comment:

  1. This is so very enouraging! I cannot thank you enough for being a source of encouragement and a straight ally for this gay Christian!