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What Happens When an Evangelical Church Welcomes LGBTQ Members

Dec 06, 2016 | 594 videos
Video by Zach Putnam and David MacKay

Pastor Adam Phillips was one of the young, emerging leaders of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), until he expressed openness to welcoming LGBTQ members into his new ECC congregation in Portland, Oregon. “We always were about being an inclusive community, because I think that Jesus included everyone,” Phillips says. “So, of course for me inclusion meant including our LGBTQ sisters and brothers.” The denomination withdrew all their funding and support from his church in 2015 and abandoned Phillips and his congregation. This short documentary by Zach Putnam and David MacKay charts the fall and rebirth of Phillip’s church, and the theology that undergirds his newest venture.

Author: Nadine Ajaka


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