Sacramento church offers support to members of LGBTQIA+ community

June is Pride Month, and rainbow flags were blowing with pride throughout the Sacramento area on Tuesday.As many celebrate proudly, others recall being discriminated against by different religious groups.One Pew Research Center study found that about 73% of LGBTQ members surveyed perceive Evangelical Churches to be unfriendly, and 79% felt the same way about Catholic churches. Natomas resident Fred Pfaff also shares that perception. He said it hurts to feel that they are still alienated by a lot of society.”When you reject someone, you’re just showing your true colors — that you are not the church that you say you are,” Pfaff said.He adds that he’s lived a good life without religion. Despite the widely shared uneasiness around places of worship, some congregations in Sacramento are working to mend relations and show their support for the LGTQIA+ community. That includes places such as St. John’s Lutheran Church in midtown Sacramento.The church has recently created an LGBTQ Ministry called 11:28, which takes its name from Matthew 11:28. That scripture states, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.””Certain people, because of different identities or different ways that they are in the world, have felt excluded from full participation in the church,” said Amy Kienzel, an associate pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church.Kienzel says she hopes that those who have given up on church can hold on to hope and remember that they’re not alone.The 11:28 ministry is hosting two educational sessions to introduce their work on Sunday, June 26. You can go here for more information.

June is Pride Month, and rainbow flags were blowing with pride throughout the Sacramento area on Tuesday.

As many celebrate proudly, others recall being discriminated against by different religious groups.

One Pew Research Center study found that about 73% of LGBTQ members surveyed perceive Evangelical churches to be unfriendly, and 79% felt the same way about Catholic churches.

Natoma’s resident Fred Pfaff also shares that perception. He said it hurts to feel that they are still alienated by a lot of society.

“When you reject someone, you’re just showing your true colors — that you are not the church that you say you are,” Pfaff said.

He adds that he’s lived a good life without religion.

Despite the widely shared uneasiness around places of worship, some congregations in Sacramento are working to mend relations and show their support for the LGTQIA+ community. That includes places such as St. John’s Lutheran Church in midtown Sacramento.

The church has recently created an LGBTQ Ministry called 11:28, which takes its name from Matthew 11:28. That scripture states, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

“Certain people, because of different identities or different ways that they are in the world, have felt excluded from full participation in the church,” said Amy Kienzel, an associate pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Kienzel says she hopes that those who have given up on church can hold on to hope and remember that they’re not alone.

The 11:28 ministry is hosting two educational sessions to introduce their work on Sunday, June 26. You can go here for more information.

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