Black Gay Pastor Starts Church in Chicago

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If you attempted to count the number of Chicago congregations led by openly gay, Black ministers, you'd probably struggle to get to 10. However, a new church in the South Loop will add to that number.

Lighthouse Church of Chicago recently launched Thursday Nights Together, a weekly meeting featuring music, worship, a brief sermon and breakout discussions. Otherwise known as TNT, the event is held every Thursday 7- 8:30 p.m. at the Daystar Center, 1550 S. State St. So far, Thursday Nights Together has averaged between 15 and 20 attendees since gatherings began in early April.

Jamie Frazier, Lighthouse Church of Chicago's founder and senior pastor, began planning the congregation last year after wishing to experience an open and inclusive congregation rooted in African-American church traditions. His vision informs the church's motto: "Passionate about Jesus. Serious about justice."

"Often I have found congregations that claimed to be dedicated to Jesus, but were silent on justice, or vice versa," he said. "I have long hungered for a place in which one could experience lively and spirited gospel music, prophetic preaching, and a loving community."

Read more at our media partner Windy City MediaDerrick Clifton


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