Holy Communion has a history of welcome, and in recent decades has made strides in welcoming more fully the LGBTQ+ community. After a period of learning and self study we declared the parish “open and affirming” in the early 2000s. We were one of the first Missouri parishes to bless same-gender relationships, and one of the first to perform marriage for same-gender couples when the Supreme Court affirmed marriage equality. In 2015, the Rev. Mike Angell, accepted the call to be rector (head priest) of Holy Communion, the first openly gay person to serve in that role. He and his husband Ellis’ marriage was blessed at Christ Church Cathedral on Pentecost of the same year, and our congregation and choir came down to help celebrate.
Holy Communion is currently doing intentional work around gender identity. We have hosted two Theology on Tap events, talking about theology, gender, and sexuality. In 2018-2019 we aim to partner specifically with organizations in the St. Louis Metro Area that can help us learn how to be more fully welcoming of people of all identities, and advocates with the trans community. It just so happens that our two main restrooms upstairs are gender non-specific.
St. Louis Pride
Holy Communion reinvigorated our participation in the St. Louis Pride festival in 2018. We helped to host the largest Interfaith Service that has ever happened at PrideFest, with over 30 congregations and 350+ people in attendance. Members of our choir and congregation helped to usher, lead prayer, and sang in the community choir. We are already looking forward to Pride 2019!
Photos from Pride 2018