The Metropolitan Community Church October 1968: Steve Gunderson Recalls the Founding of the First Chirstian Church Ministering Specifically to Gays. (Safety in Numbers)

By Gunderson, Steve | The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine), November 12, 2002 | Go to article overview

The Metropolitan Community Church October 1968: Steve Gunderson Recalls the Founding of the First Chirstian Church Ministering Specifically to Gays. (Safety in Numbers)


Gunderson, Steve, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)


Ten years ago, as two of my closest friends battled the AIDS virus, they asked if I knew a pastor who would be willing to serve them "When the inevitable happens." Even worse than the scourge of their disease, as they lay dying they had experienced the ultimate form of prejudice: hatred in the name of God. They had been disowned by their church for being gay.

In 1968, Troy Perry was told by the Pentecostal Church that he could not serve God as a gay man. He and his friends knew better. So rather than walk away, they gathered in Los Angeles to create a Christian church where all people could "find hope and live the joy of their faith." Today, from that humble gathering of a dozen people, the Metropolitan Community Church serves over 44,000 members around the world, providing a spiritual experience that affirms all of us as God's children worthy of his unconditional love. …

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