Queering Christianity: Finding a Place at the Table for LGBTQI Christians

By Robert E. Shore-Goss; Thomas Bohache et al. | Go to book overview

Spiritual Companioning:
The Art of Being Present to the
Spiritual Traveler and
Lighting the Path

Joseph Shore-Goss

“At this table I am proud to proclaim as it is proclaimed at Metropolitan Community Churches all over the world: You do not need be a member of this church or any church.” These words are even included in the vision of our local churches. At Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in the Valley our vision states:

We are a House of Prayer for all people and welcome all people on their
spiritual search and journeys. Our communion table belongs to God alone,
and all God’s children are welcome to our table. We do not place any bar-
riers, walls, doctrines, or politics around God’s invitation to table. This
models our community life.Our Mission: At Metropolitan Community
Church in the Valley, a Christian Church originally founded to serve the
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered community, we welcome all hu-
manity as a reflection of God. Through the example of Jesus the Christ, we
know God’s table is without boundaries—an inclusive spiritual and prayer-
centered community of love, peace-making, and compassionate care.1

This vision of a house of prayer for all people and a table where all God’s children are welcome also means we have a space where all God’s

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