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Each week we feature one ministry from the many that make up the work and witness of All Saints Church … and this week we feature the LGBTQ at All Saints Ministry with this reflection from new co-chair Sandra Gomez.

After having only attended a few Sunday services, it was apparent that All Saints was special for its inclusive nature; it was part of the reason I fell in love with the place. When I accepted All Saints as my spiritual temple, I made a commitment to its community. I vowed to do everything in my power to provide a safe environment in which all human beings can learn and grow. It is my intent to ensure that the dignity of each individual be respected regardless of ethnicity, gender identity / sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, political background, and physical / mental / learning abilities.

In my keenness to serve and represent such a diverse community, I searched for a ministry that would not only allow me to offer such care but one that  would provide me with the tools necessary for building such secure space. Additionally, it was important to me that I find a ministry that welcomed and appreciated my zeal to listen, learn, educate, and guide.

Upon my research of many different ministries at All Saints, I discovered that I was most drawn to the LGBTQ ministry’s focus as they work “… to enhance the journey of faith of the LGBTQ community through programs that foster spiritual and educational growth, social interaction, political advocacy and pastoral care.”

I volunteered to help at the welcome table where I met the LGBTQ ministry leader, Jim Palmer for the first time. There was no one more welcoming and appreciative than Jim. I felt an instant urge to serve this ministry and was delighted when Jim offered me the position as co-chair. I look forward to being part of such an embracing community and aim to contribute only love, peace, and joy not only as co-chair but as an active member of the greater All Saints community.

For more information about LGBTQ at All Saints stop by their table on the lawn on Sunday, visit their webpage or contact Jamie Hebert at 626.583.2765 or jhebert@allsaints-pas.org