Holy Communion has a history of welcome, and in recent decades has made strides not only welcoming LGBTQ+ community in the full life of the church, but advocating for LGBTA+ rights in our wider society. 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 will help to host the 2019 PrideFest Interfaith service on June 30, 2019. While we will hold small services at the church that morning, our principle worship will be at PrideFest. Our choir will sing alongside choirs from Metropolitan Community Church and other congregations. We will also help lead the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri’s delegation in the Pride parade. If you are interested in helping with the service, please contact the rector.