Pastor has door painted red to signify welcoming tradition
[Salem] The massive double door on St. Peter Church is more than 200 years old but had gone largely unnoticed in recent years. Maybe that's because it was green and blended with the leafy surroundings of historic downtown Salem.When the Rev. Paul Bresnahan, the church's new priest, arrived earlier this year, he was surprised to see a green door.
"My wife said to me, 'What happened to the red door?'"She asked about the color because Episcopal churches traditionally have red doors. It is the color of the blood of Christ and through history has served as a symbol of safety and sanctuary.
But the color red has even more meaning to Bresnahan. It also represents a welcoming church, a church that opens its arms and doors to everyone regardless of race, creed, color or sexual orientation.
That's important to the 61-year-old priest, who is married and has three sons. "I was brought up by a gay uncle," he said, "and two of my kids are gay."
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