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Gay-Affirming Cathedral of Hope Christian Church to Open in Salt Lake City

April 16, 2011
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I was extremely pleased today when I received an email from Marian and Julie (co-Pastors) of the Cathedral of Hope today.  They’ve announced they will be opening a church here in SLC.  The Christian-faith based church is open to all and in the spirit of the UCC accepts people for who they are and the journey they’re on with God.  It’s great to have a truly Christian church that’s loving and accepting of all and following Christ’s example.  Welcome to Utah… I’m sure it’s going to be an interesting ride!

The Cathedral of Hope, the largest Christian congregation that has a primary outreach to the LGBT community in the world, will soon be opening a church in Salt Lake City.

Soon-to-be graduates from the Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., will be moving to Salt Lake City in May to help start the new the church. The Cathedral of Hope is affiliated with the Church of Christ and is one of the most progressive Christian congregations in the world.

The LGBT community is always welcome and no one will pressure gay people to change who they are, said Pastor Julie Watson, who along with her life and business partner, Marian Edmonds, will be heading out the church organization.

“We take the Bible very seriously, but we don’t take it literally,” Watson said.

“So many of the LGBTQ folks I talked to believe the lie that God doesn’t love them,” Watson said. “Some don’t believe they could ever be good enough for God no matter how hard they try. And we want to show them that’s simply not true.”

God loves his children for who they are; gay, straight, bi, or transgender, said Edmonds.

via Gay-affirming Christian church opening in Salt Lake City : QSaltLake – Utah’s Gay and Lesbian News and Entertainment Magazine.