‘Straight’ talk from a devoted member of ‘the gay church’
Thank you Dan for the beautiful article about Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge. I was the first heterosexual to join 25 years ago after being disillusioned with traditional church. I was one of the first Deacon’s ordained at MCCBR and today I am Deacon Emeritus.
I feel so blessed to share this special anniversary with my LGBT brothers and sisters as we live God’s inclusive love. I am 77 years old and a retired Fine Arts Librarian at Roanoke Public Library with 38 years service.
I first attended MCCBR in October 1987 at the Unitarian Church and was baptized, along with my son, and became a member in January 1988. Later that year I became a member of the Church Board.
In April 1992 I was ordained Deacon after a year of study. This year on April 10, 2011 I was consecrated Deacon Emeritus by Rev .Joe Cobb.
I am so thankful that MCCBR has made it for 25 years and I am proud to be associated with the LGBT community and my service with the church. I look forward to the anniversary celebration this weekend.
I am fondly known as “Miss Mama.” This came about when so many of our congregation had lost touch with their Mother because they were “Gay” and have adopted me as Mother.
God Bless You,
Deacon Emeritus, MCC of the Blue Ridge