LGBT FLoAD Members – Stepping Out on Faith

 

LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent is an organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and same gender loving people of African Descent and their allies formed to serve as ambassadors and educators to oppose discrimination, exclusion or intimidation of LGBT persons in our society and particularly in our church communities.

We are a group composed of clergy, divinity students, and faith leaders who represent diverse interdenominational religious institutions.  As people of faith, we believe in the spiritual values of love, inclusiveness, and respect for all people.

These videos grew out of our desire to see our faces, faces of color, on the many websites where same gender loving people are telling their stories.  We wanted to offer balance and reality for all who seek assistance, guidance and hope as they struggle with being a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning individual.

The video interviews were shot at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church located at 85 South Oxford Avenue in Fort Greene Historic District. The Church is a part of the Presbyterian Church USA within the worldwide Christian Church.  The Church’s interior is notable for its mahogany paneling and 13 stained –glass windows designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Lafayette Presbyterian Church was founded in 1857.The Church was known from the outset as a “temple of abolition.”  The early leadership and congregation, although mostly white staked out a position squarely on the side of racial progress.  They sometimes provided a meeting space for outspoken abolitionists including Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman.  Escaped slaves were provided shelter in the tunnels deep below the building.  Today the multi-racial church serves a thriving community, and was named as one of the 300 outstanding Protestant churches in the US by the Lily Endowment.The current pastor is Rev. Carmen Mason-Browne.

The Church describes its mission thus, “We are called to create a space where people of any faith or none can question and discover the sacred in life through openness, honesty, laughter and prayer.  We are called by the Gospel to welcome and celebrate human diversity- including spiritually, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.  LAPC is also an Environmental Justice Covenant Congregation, whose members have made a commitment to environmental ministries through all aspects of congregational life.

The information (verbatim) regarding Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church was taken from the face book page of Lafayette Ave Presbyterian Church and the New York City Charter of the American Guild of Organists (www.nycago.org) The Church’s site is http:/www.lapcbrooklyn.org.

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