Monday, May 15, 2006

"The Episcopal Church Welcomes You"

Finding a spiritual home
Locating a house of worship that makes them feel welcome is difficult, but many gays say they are grateful when they do

[Hampton, VA: May 14, 2006 ] Sometimes acceptance shows itself in small ways. Every year, on or about July 1, the bulletin at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Hampton will note that the flowers for a particular service are in celebration of the anniversary of John Childers and Glenn Collie. That date marks the day they met in 2000, and the day of their commitment ceremony one year later in their home."

Just a little mention like that means so much," Collie says. "It's great to be recognized like that. Everyone should be recognized."

And they are recognized together."At the church," Childers says, "no one ever talks about 'John' or 'Glenn.' They talk about us together. It's always 'John and Glenn did this' or 'Where are John and Glenn?' We're a couple."

Childers and Collie - 45 and 46 years old, respectively - spent much of their adolescence and early adult lives struggling to reconcile their spiritual lives with a culture that depicted homosexuality as incompatible with Christian values. But in recent years, many religious people have re-examined the issue of homosexuality as it relates to church teachings, the ordination of ministers and rites of marriage.

Amid this shifting religious landscape, more and more gays and lesbians have found a spiritual home, even within denominations split on the gay issues. While some Episcopal churches are threatening to leave the denomination over the nomination of a gay bishop, Collie and Childers found a "home" at St. Mark's, a small church that has become recognized as a friendly place for gays and lesbians to worship.

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6 comments:

Catherine + said...

What a great witness to the real and palpable love of Christ in the Church. I have sent this to my friend in Chantilly to give her not only hope of finding a loving and accepting congregation, but that the hope has become reality! Thanks for posting this Susan.

Anonymous said...

I would _love_ to read the complete article, but once again, I have been asked to "register" with my email address and a password. This happens more and more. It's like asking for more spam in my inbox. I do not need another catalog.

Isn't there some other way to be able to see these?

All Along the Watchtower said...

We're not leaving.

aatw

Catherine + said...

Dear Anon, here's an idea: go to lycos.com or gmail or one of the free emails and create a new account and then you can anonymously log in and register to get the whole article. I copied and pasted it into an email and would be happy to send it to you, no strings attached.

Jeff Martinhauk said...

aatw -

I don't think anyone asked you to leave!

As the title says, "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!"

It doesn't have a footnote that excludes anybody.

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