Number 10 on my Thirty by 30 list was to find a church community in Dallas. I’m happy to say we’ve completed that! We have joined the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. We’re very happy there and starting to get involved. Jaye is being baptized on Sunday. I’ve been attending the Moms Group on Wednesday mornings. We went to a Halloween party last weekend hosted by some church friends. And Jaye and I just got home this morning from a play date with some other church moms.
To start our search for a church home, I googled “gay friendly church dallas” because that was a really important factor in our decision. We were primarily looking for a gay friendly Episcopal church in Dallas. Why? I’m not interested in quibbling about minor points of theology, so I wasn’t too worried about what other specific beliefs a church held, but the stance of a church on the gay rights issue is important to Phil and I because we believe it’s essential to the fundamental command of Christianity.
In Matthew 22:37, Jesus tells us what he considers the most important commandments: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’“
We wanted to find a church where the people strive to love their neighbors as themselves. And I don’t believe you can do that if you are not welcoming to all people regardless of their sexual orientation. I think it’s as simple as that. To me, being open and welcoming and loving to all people is the essential fulcrum of Christianity, second only to loving God.
So that’s why our search for a new church home started with Google and the phrase “gay friendly church dallas.”