June is Pride Month!  I am proud to be a pastor of a rainbow church. We became an Open and Affirming church on June 6, 2004. For 18 years our church has proclaimed, out loud, in church policy and practice, that we believe in and celebrate God’s rainbow family. At the time, not every church member accepted this resolution, and some even left the church. Today, I bet that most of us don’t even focus on the other’s particular sexual and gender identity. Instead, we see friends, colleagues, loving relationships, and individuals with common struggles and similar aspirations. This, of course, is not the case in so many Christian churches and other places around the world. It is important to remember, celebrate, and advocate for our rainbow brothers and sisters who still live in fear and in the shadows. We will celebrate Pride Sunday on June 26. We hope you will join us.

–Pastor Claudia–