The Rev. Cathy Rosenholtz received some suspicious reactions from business owners when she asked them for permission to hang fliers about an interfaith worship service at the Mid-Mo Pridefest.
Even if they didn't say anything, Rosenholtz said she noticed the look on people's faces when she mentioned the words "worship" and "pride" together.
"They thought it would be a protest or intolerant worship experience," Rosenholtz said.
Once she explained that the service was actually supportive of the LGBT community, Rosenholtz said most people were excited to have the flier in their stores.
The service attracted about 100 people, and many other people attending Pridefest paused by the tent to listen for a few minutes between their other activities.
"We need to acknowledge that a message of love for the GLBTQA community is not what GLBTQA has always heard from the Christian church," Rosenholtz said during her "Message of Love."
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