Coming Out Christian

Spread the word and join us as we rethink God’s love toward LGBTQ+ Christians in this online support group. An outreach ministry of First Church, the group is open to members and non-members alike as it aims to provide a space for those who are searching, deconstructing, or reconstructing their faith.

In a safe, open, and affirming space, members of the LGBTQ+ community are invited to come together to explore Christianity and each other’s faith journeys.

The group is facilitated by First Church member Brenda Waddell with the support of our pastors. Coming Out Christian meets online via Zoom every two weeks and is open to LGBTQ+ people of all ages. Please contact us for more information.


Queer *and* Christian
SUNDAY, JULY 26, 6-7:30PM

Members of the LGBTQIA+ community are invited to join us this Sunday evening on zoom for a conversation with guest Rev. Phiwa Langeni.

Rev. Phiwa Langeni

As a queer, Black, trans person from a South African immigrant family, the Rev. Phiwa Langeni (they/he) is quite skilled at detecting and decreasing various societal gaps, especially with/for those with multiple minoritized identities. Since ordination in the United Church of Christ in 2011, Phiwa has served in just about every local church setting possible: a thriving progressive church, multi-charge rural churches, a large suburban church, small churches deeply rooted in political and social justice, a new church start/nonprofit hybrid. They currently serve as the Ambassador for Innovation and Engagement in the Center for Analytics, Research & Development, and Data of the United Church of Christ. Phiwa is the solo parent of an adult daughter who challenges them in brilliance and beauty. In their free time, Phiwa enjoys reading, upcycling, 90s R&B, dad jokes, and creating all manner of things.

Coming Out Christian seek to provide a safe, open, and affirming space in which members of the LGBTQIA+ community are invited to come together to explore Christianity and each other’s faith journeys. An outreach ministry of First Church, the group is open to members and non-members alike and is facilitated by First Church member Brenda Waddell, with the support of our pastors. Coming Out Christian meets online via zoom every two weeks and is open to LGBTQIA+ people of all ages.

Please email your RSVP to Kasey Kalchert by 5pm on the meeting day. You will receive a zoom link in your email to join the conversation.