Elgin Churches Open Up to Gays, Lesbians

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), April 4, 2012 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Elgin Churches Open Up to Gays, Lesbians


Elgin churches open up to gays, lesbians

Over the past few years there has been a notable and amazing change in the policies of a number of progressive congregations in the Elgin area. I speak as a member of one such congregation, the Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren. Our congregation has joined, unofficially, a number of other congregations in the Elgin area that are now "Welcoming" congregations. That is, they have made it known that lesbians and gays are welcome as friends and members.

This is an astonishing change. It was not very long ago that while gays and lesbians may have been welcomed, the congregations were reluctant to say so out loud. There are still many Christians and organizations that make it a part of their faith perspective that LGBT folks are destined for hell, or at least welcome unless they desire to change or deny their orientation.

As a former pastor and Church of the Brethren denominational executive, I have experienced the pain of coming out as a gay man -- and therefore was denied professional leadership in the church. It is, therefore, gratifying to know that there are congregations that have reached the conclusion that LGBT folks are valuable assets.

A few of the congregations in the Elgin area that are welcoming include the Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, Unitarian Universalist, Christ the Lord Lutheran, Holy Trinity Lutheran, First Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Congregation Kneseth Israel and the Metropolitan Community Church.

After putting a rainbow bench in front of our church on Highland Avenue, several people visited, not because they are gay or lesbian, but because they saw the bench and wished to visit an open and welcoming community.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Elgin Churches Open Up to Gays, Lesbians
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?