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Sunday, July 10, 2005

"Fire, hate sear church"

From Margaret Cho's Marriage Equality Resource Site, I found this link: someone vandalized a UCC church. Luckily, the arsonist must not have been very talented because the fire wasn't too bad and didn't destroy too much.

Members of St. John's Reformed United Church of Christ awoke Saturday morning to discover their church severely damaged by smoke and anti-gay graffiti painted on the side of the building.

Margaret Cho's blog led to to this great editorial, Christians love; cowards hate. This editorial has a list of firsts for the UCC:

# Its forefathers left Europe to seek a new world in the early 1600s. By the 1700s, these Pilgrims took a stand against slavery.
# In 1773, a member of the church, Phillis Wheatley, becomes the first black woman published author. In 1785, Lemuel Haynes is the first black minister ordained by a Protestant denomination.
# In 1846, the first anti-slavery society is formed.
# In 1853, the first woman pastor is ordained.
# In 1972, the first openly gay minister is ordained.
# In 2005, the denomination's synod overwhelmingly endorses gay marriage in its churches.

Also, it added this detail:

This morning the congregation of St. John's Reformed United Church of Christ will gather on the lawn under tents to celebrate its 225th anniversary. The planned sermon was on the Heidelberg Catechism, focusing in part on Matthew 22:

Love the Lord your God
with all your heart
and with all your soul
and with all your mind
and with all your strength.
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it:
Love your neighbor as yourself.

My respect for the UCC continually grows.


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