LGBT

First Congregational Church
United Church of Christ, Binghamton, New York 

An Open and Affirming Congregationlbgt-comma

 

As a gay man looking for a new church, I checked out both the rules and the culture for quite a few churches and found none of them open and accepting of me.  That is why I left my United Methodist Church.  But I had seen a commercial for United Church of Christ where other churches were shutting their doors to various types of people, and UCC was opening theirs to everyone.  Of course I took this with a grain of salt and thought “YEAH RIGHT!”  Having nothing to lose, I searched around and found that First Congregational Church was associated with UCC.  I figured I would give it a try.  From the moment I walked through the door, I felt at home, accepted not because I was gay, but just because I WAS a person worthy of God’s love.  It is curious, last year I was talking to a woman who had been coming to church there for, gosh I bet 50 years.  I asked her how she felt coming to a new church so long ago?  She answered me just the same as I did above.  This church is a special place and I hope you will give us a try.   Lee Stradley

 

Rev. Dr. Arthur M. Suggs officiating a same-sex wedding
Rev. Dr. Arthur M. Suggs officiating a same-sex wedding