When I was in Boston this weekend I took my friend to Copley Square because it has, in my experience, two of the most beautiful churches in the country. Outside of Old South Church (a United Church of Christ church), there was this sign. Big. And it was amazing how great I felt to see Trans on there. I imagine it would be the same for someone who was homeless or a recovering addict or bisexual or something else that people often judge you for - or who had an identity that has made other religious communities abandon you or shame you. It also wasn’t just listed with things that are “problems” or difficult. It was listed with Male and Female, with Nerd and Cool Kid… I just think this sign is so powerful and I wanted to share it with everyone.
I like the idea of a church saying directly and publicly “Hey you’re trans (and this and this and that) and you’re ‘beloved.’”
Christianity: You’re doing it right.
I believe Old South Church is UCC (United Church of Christ—commonly known as Congregational). UCC churches are very welcoming to LGBTQ+ Christians.
I love the slight difference in words that changes a church’s entire approach.
Let me make this clear: when I talk about the churches of Christ, I am not talking about these people in the slightest. The church of Christ I grew up in is like a lite version of the Westboro Baptist Church, without the loud swagger.
These folks are doing good things.
On top of the glories of being included in their outreach of awesome, I’m impressed with their acknowledgement that being housed is just as much a status as being homeless. If their practice is as good as their advertising, I wouldn’t mind spending the occasional Sunday morning chilling with them or maybe doing some volunteer work for good causes.
I’ll also add the MCC and Liberal Quakers to the list of good uns.