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Young, Gay, HIV-Positive—and a Pastor

Nov 09, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Carter McCall

Dennis Massenberg says that he used to be a "church hopper," someone who bounced from congregation to congregation—he stayed when things were good and he consented to the theology, before inevitably departing for somewhere else. For a long time, he believed that homosexuality could be changed, so he fervently denied his proclivities. Now, Massenberg is the pastor of a church that he started, one that is intent on accepting gay people and giving them a place to worship. "I'm preaching a gospel that's contrary to popular belief," he says in this moving documentary, Purpose in the Pulpit, by Carter McCall. "I became an activist."

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