October 11, 2013
Tune in to To The Contrary this week to catch a special episode about "The Welcoming Movement." We traveled to churches in Arizona, Minnesota, and Washington D.C., and talked to pastors and church goers about why they decided to become “Open and Affirming” of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.
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At the Church of the Red Rocks
in Sedona, AZ, we spoke with Pastor David Ragan about his experience coming out as a gay man in front of an entire congregation. We also spoke to Pastor George Ault and other churchmembers about the Open and Affirming process.
We spoke with Pastor Oby Ballinger and his partner, Javon Swanson, at the Community UCC in St. Paul
, MN. We talked to the congregation about shifting attitudes towards LGBT people in the Christian American community.
Finally, in Washington, D.C., we talked to Dennis and Christine Wiley, co-pastors of the Covenant Baptist UCC
about the “Miracle on South Capitol Street” – the nickname of the church where Rev. Wiley says “God is doing miraculous things.” We spoke with longtime churchgoers and new members about becoming Open and Affirming.
Catch the show this week, and be sure to visit this site again - we will have extended interviews up for viewing as well!