As many churches around the country face devastating declines in membership, Rev. Dr. Lea Brown believes that the success of the Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches is one vital thing: relationship.
“A relationship with God, with others and with ourselves,” Brown said. “So that is what we are about: giving God's love and our love away as abundantly and in as many ways as we can.”
With nearly 140 members, MCCPB not only serves the LGBT community, but also straight allies — all members of the church. Anyone can visit and all are welcome.
But while there has been so much progress for equal rights, Brown said there is still work to be done.
“No matter how long we have been out, shame can hold an unconscious and insidious power over us,” Brown said. “It's a power that we cannot overcome by ourselves, which is why supportive community is so important.”
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