A Gay Affirming Church in Harlem

While a lot of news outlets are focusing on African-American’s opposition to gays and gay marriage equality, the New York Times highlights the Rivers at Rehoboth church, which accepts and celebrates our African-American LGBT brothers and sisters.

In a church nestled among a row of residential brownstones, parishioners clapped and danced as a woman began to testify.

“Aren’t you glad Jesus got up?” the woman, Twanna Gause, asked the predominantly black congregation, which responded with enthusiastic shouts of “Amen” and “Hallelujah.”

“He got up so I can come out,” Ms. Gause said, as worshipers hopped out of their seats and cheered in agreement. “He got up so you can come out.”

For black Christians who are gay and lesbian, church can be a daunting experience, where on any given Sunday they are taught that homosexuality is not only a sin, but a one-way ticket to hell. That alienation has been a benefit for the Rivers at Rehoboth congregation, in Harlem, which has made ministry to gay men and lesbians, combined with the worship traditions of black churches, its mission.

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1 Response to A Gay Affirming Church in Harlem

  1. Thomas Smith says:

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    (Gal 3:28)
    This scripture says a lot, but if it says one thing for sure, if I’m in Christ I’m a new creation, and while I’m African American, in Christ that’s not my rally point, that’s not my banner that I need to wave high. Neither is my sexual orientation. It really has to be about Christ, I’ve actually stayed from other congregations that were not LGBT, but still promoting a “black” agenda.


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