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Mark also attends a Pentecostal-Charismatic church. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. And how do pastors care for LGBT people in their congregations, and include them in the life of the church?

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Some supporters of greater LGBT inclusion were in tears, while others vented their anger after delegates, on a vote, defeated a proposal that would have let regional and local church bodies decide for themselves on gay-friendly policies. Delegates then took up a competing measure, known as the Traditional Plan, that would tighten enforcement of the LGBT bans and encourage Methodists who oppose those policies to leave the church. It won majority support in a preliminary vote on Monday.

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Members of the Cathedral of Hope, the largest gay church in the world, attend services in Dallas, Texas March 18, On a more serious note, she says the church, affiliated with the United Church of Christ, is a spiritual refuge for gay people of faith in a region associated with more conservative brands of Christianity. Gays and the church are no small matter in America.

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Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Cathedral of Hope on Cedar Springs has been doing what you might call God's work for 40 years now, ministering to the spiritual needs of LGBT Christians who have historically been shunned by mainstream churches.

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Just one of the U. While there is an increase of female pastors leading churches in Americathe largest churches just aren't catching on. In OctoberHeather Larson will become the lead pastor at Willow Creek Community Church outside of Chicago, bringing the grand total of female pastors leading America's largest churches to two, according to the Religion News Service.

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The Dallas Cathedral of Hope is said to be the world's largest inclusive " liberal Christian church with a primary outreach to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons", [1] with a membership of over 4, local members. The Postmodern cathedral was designed by Philip Cortelyou Johnson and was built after it was revised five times from the first design by the architect at the request of Reverend Michael Piazza. Donald Bruce Kaufman was consulted for the painting of the exterior.

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Scores of congregations have raised rainbow flags, watched young and old stage protests and even defied church code by officiating over gay marriages. On Tuesday, Baldwin Wallace University severed its affiliation with the denomination. The private Methodist liberal arts university in Berea, Ohio was established years ago. In Harrisburg, decidedly on a far smaller scale, the agitation within the denomination has been generated by a plan to close 10 city churches and merge them into one new congregation.

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But not many churches are like Saint Mark United Methodist. Saint Mark now stands as one of the largest gay-friendly churches in the nation, with over 1, members — the vast majority of which are LGBT. Worshipers stream in from all directions at the corner of Peachtree Street and 5th Street, coming into view of the striking building made from Stone Mountain granite.

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This conservative city of big churches and Sunday morning traffic jams is home these days to the nation's largest predominantly gay and lesbian congregation. While many churches afford homosexuals a reception lukewarm at best, the Cathedral of Hope Metropolitan Community Church boldly proclaims itself a place where one can be openly homosexual and Christian, too. Those who attend "are experiencing the gay and lesbian side, but they want to experience the Christian side in a safe context," said the Rev.

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