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 multiple Theology on Tap events, talking about theology, gender, and sexuality. It just so happens that our two main restrooms upstairs are gender non-specific.
St. Louis Pride
Holy Communion helps to host the PrideFest Interfaith service on the last Sunday of June Each year. While we hold small services at the church that morning, our principle worship is at PrideFest. Our choir sings alongside choirs from Metropolitan Community Church and other congregations. We also help lead the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri’s delegation in the Pride parade.