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Pastor Planning Gay-Friendly Church for Bermuda

Pastor Sylvia Hayward-Harris, who is straight, is in the Process of opening The Vision Church of Bermuda, "a radically inclusive Pentecostal church" which would be open to people of all sexual orientations.

Hayward-Harris tells the Bermuda Sun: Haywardharris"Often people who are ­authority at the church ­demand more of their flock than they do of themselves. I would like to have a place where people feel free to be themselves - to live in their truth, whatever that truth may be. It's very strange to me that in order to be a part of a traditional church you have to live a lie if you are gay or lesbian. That is not Christian to me. Excluding gay people has always been a problem on this island. I know one young man who won't come back ­because he was attacked by a gang of guys with ­helmets. To be fully Christian, we must fully welcome all of God's children to the table of the Lord - women, ­children, gays, lesbians, ­bisexuals, transgender, those with special needs, those of every race... all have full acceptance into the complete life of our ­fellowship...Our desire for Bermuda is to actualise God's power to transform our often ­divisive and unhealthy ­cultures of hate, self-hate and violence into a community of healing and reconciliation."

Pastor O. C. Allen III, who runs The Vision Church of Atlanta, where Hayward-Harris has lived since 2006, gave her permission to start the Bermudian branch. Hayward-Harris says the opening of the church has been a slow process because a proper venue has been difficult to find on the island.

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  1. This Pastor is a cool woman and seems to actually follow Christian values - best wishes!

    Posted by: Strepsi | Sep 1, 2009 2:18:13 PM

  2. there are others like that in the states, but just quiet, so they don't draw distraction by 'protesters'

    There is a pentecostal church in Chicago with a large congregation and the pastor came out and only a few people left as a result, the rest supports him, this was maybe in the early 90's

    Posted by: TylerAnthony | Sep 2, 2009 10:47:31 AM

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