LGBT-Affirming Church Destroyed in Joplin, Missouri

The Spirit of Christ Metropolitan Community Church, an LGBT-affirming, inclusive church in Joplin, Missouri, was destroyed in the recent tornado, which barreled through town just as they were having a service. Pastor Steve Urie (pictured) and his partner's home was also destroyed.

Urie Spirit of Christ MCC writes, on its homepage:

Thank you for your concern, the tornado hit just as we were begining service on Sunday night. We rode out the storm in the basement of the church with only two people injured. The building that we had previously rented from Unity of Joplin was completely destroyed. There will be no community meal on Wednesday, May 25.

In addition, Pastor Steve's home and cars were destroyed in the storm. The other members who were attending church on Sunday, also lost their cars. We can joyfully report that all members of SOC MCC have been located and reunited with their families.

PROMO, Missouri's statewide LGBT advocacy group, has a donation page for the church if you would like to help them out. PROMO writes, "As the LGBT-affirming church in Joplin, they will be able to distribute the donations to the LGBT community in Joplin."

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  1. Touché, Andy. Touché.

    Posted by: Glenn | May 24, 2011 3:01:59 PM

  2. Let this be news to Mother(F*****) and the people that agreed with him/her in the post about the tornado. Don't make sweeping generalizations about certain areas because good people are everywhere.

    Posted by: TyN | May 24, 2011 3:13:41 PM

  3. Common Decency: 1
    Disgusting Gay American: 0

    Posted by: nodnarb | May 24, 2011 3:14:14 PM

  4. As is custom when there are no fatalities, I shall make a joke! Ok, here it goes: Boy, that sure gives a new meaning to the expression “Friends of Dorothy” Hahahaha-ha … that was exciting.

    Posted by: Eddie Mumford | May 24, 2011 3:17:45 PM

  5. Thank you, Andy, for always inspiring us to be Proud Gay Americans.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | May 24, 2011 3:39:45 PM

  6. Just DOnated $50 via VISA to them...... I have nO problem helping out FELLOW LGBT's - so u can put down your santimonious crap nodnarb

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | May 24, 2011 3:45:34 PM

  7. Um... I think Nodnarb was replying to my post about the commenter, MOther(f*****)'s post on the original tornado posting.

    Posted by: TyN | May 24, 2011 4:06:24 PM

  8. Hmmm... At this point in the news cycle normally everyone starts talking bravely about rebuilding.

    Posted by: anon | May 24, 2011 4:29:42 PM

  9. @disgusted gay american

    Thanks for leading by example; I just followed your lead by also donating. Who else wants to join?

    Posted by: Really? | May 24, 2011 8:14:23 PM

  10. The one thing missing from Andy's excellent coverage of this event (and that of many other bloggers) is a map of the tornado's path through Joplin. I found one by Google and posted it for anyone interested.

    Posted by: EnzoInOmaha | May 24, 2011 11:53:02 PM

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