Eight members (Elizabeth Whitmire, Barbara Suder, Ted Snyder, Cheryl Brush, Sandy Renner and Curt, Lawrie and Madi Williams) worshipped with All Pilgrims Christian Church on Pride Sunday, topping off a celebratory weekend that started two days earlier when the Supreme Court issued its decision to make marriage equality the law of the land. All Pilgrims is located on Capitol Hill, a main hub for many LGTBQ residents, and the church was awash in everything “rainbow.” Nearby streets had newly installed rainbow crosswalks in celebration of the neighborhood’s character and history.
Rev Greg Turk said he was pleased to share his wedding anniversary with the historic decision— a decision he said deserved to be celebrated. He also noted that not all Christians agree with the decision and reminded those gathered that God didn’t tell us to “agree with one another, but to love one another.” When Rev Turk welcomed our group, Cheryl mentioned Findlay in 1987 became the first open and affirming congregation in the Disciples denomination.
A youth group from Shelbyville, Indiana was also in attendance, en route to do mission work at the Yakama Mission. One of the group’s leaders said the youth were ecstatic to have a Starbucks right across the street from All Pilgrims!
After the service, the Williams family noticed a framed piece of parchment displayed in the sanctuary. It was a gift from Findlay Street Christian Church in celebration of All Pilgrims new charter in 2003 (First Christian Church and Pilgrim Congregational Church “married” after First Christian suffered earthquake dam- age). The parchment held a quote from Oscar Romero from his book The Violence of Love: “Let us not forget: we are a pilgrim church, subject to misunderstanding, to persecution, but a church that walks serene, because it bears the force of love.”
In this one worship service, we connected with our history and our future. Blow on, Spirit!