We have a quite a history of diversity in our leaders.
Having previously issued statements condemning the North Carolina transgender restroom law, Bishop Curry spoke out strongly when an Executive Order banned transgender persons from the military.
We are a small (about 40 on an ordinary Sunday) church in a small Ohio city, so our congregation looks a lot like our surroundings. Look more closely, though, and you will see a lot of diversity.
Chances are, you will fit in here.
If you have been baptized in any Christian tradition, you are welcome to take part in Communion. Don't worry if you don't know the "right" way to do it—just watch what is going on and we will help you.
If you don't feel comfortable joining us at the altar rail, that's OK too. Nobody will make a big deal of it.
As a visitor, you will run into two traditions that might surprise you.
About halfway through the morning service, everything stops while we shake hands with one another—and because we are a small group, you can shake hands with nearly everyone in the room. If you're a newcomer, you will get greeted by several people, and they will remember you next week.
The other tradition is our coffee hour. It's more like a full lunch, and you are certainly welcome. You are our guest, so don't feel embarrassed that you didn't bring anything or that you weren't prepared to drop any money in the donations box. This is our treat.
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