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Sixth Presbyterian Church hosts exhibit on gay clergy, LGBT people of faith

Written by Ann Rodgers on .

Sixth Presbyterian Church in Squirrel Hill, long known as one of the Pittsburgh region’s most welcoming congregations for gay couples (and pretty much everybody else) is celebrating its 15th year as a  More Light congregation with an exhibit on gay clergy and people of faith.
“We Have Faith -- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clergy and People of Faith Speak Out” was created by Family Diversity Projects, whose earlier work was “Love Makes a Family: Portraits of LGBT People and their Families.” While a central goal of the earlier project was to break down stereotypes that many straight people have about gays and lesbians, the point of “We Have Faith” is to break through the fear and anger that many gays and lesbians have about faith communities.
The exhibit features photos and interviews with gay people of many faiths, speaking of the acceptance that they have found and now offer to others within their faith tradition. The faces and voices run an interfaith gamut from Pentecostal to Muslim. It includes some superstars of the gay Christian movement. Among them are Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, and the Rev. Jane Spahr, a Pittsburgh native who became a leading advocate for gay ordination and gay marriage in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The exhibit is co-sponsored by gay advocacy movements thay have sprung up in many church traditions, by the official United Church f Christ Office for LGBT Ministries and several broader gay advocacy groups including the Human Rights Campaign and P-FLAG (Parents Family  and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).
There will be public open hours for the exhibit Friday July 20, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday July 21, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  The congregation has designated Sunday July 22 its “More Light Sunday” in honor of its 15 years as a More Light Church, and the service is at 10 a.m. The church is located at 1688 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217 (corner of Murray and Forbes Aves.).

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