Gay megachurch votes to join UCC

Cathedral of Hope in Dallas
One of the nation’s largest gay churches has voted overwhelmingly to affiliate with the United Church of Christ, in part because of the UCC’s vote last July to support civil marriage rights for gay couples.

The 4,300-member Cathedral of Hope in Dallas has considered joining the UCC since at least 1997. It was formerly the flagship congregation of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. It left that California-based denomination in 2002.

The vote was held October 30, with 94 percent choosing to join the UCC.

“Their values are our values,” said Jo Hudson, the church’s pastor and an ordained UCC minister. “We look forward to joining in partnership and continuing the work for which God has called us together.”

 

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