Predominantly LGBT church on Madison Avenue shuttering after 19 years of ministry.
After 19 years of serving the LGBT community, the Liberation United Church of Christ is closing its doors on Madison Avenue. The church will host its last service on Christmas Eve. The building at 13714 Madison Avenue has been home to the church for the past 14 years. When the church began in a community center at Case Western University in 1993, churches weren’t too accepting of the gay community. However, as society became more inclusive, so did churches. “Twenty years ago there were very few churches welcoming the LGBT Community into full membership, either as clergy or as members,” said the church’s pastor Rev. Kurt Wieser. “(Liberation) was established by the United Church of Christ to be just that, a worshiping community for and by …
For eighth straight year, children will sleep all night in box shelters on church front steps on Saturday to understand what it’s like to be homeless — and raise awareness.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Colin McEwen
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
A couple dozen teenagers are trading in their cell phones and comforts of home for freezing temperatures and cardboard boxes, all for the opportunity to panhandle on the busy corner of West Clifton and Detroit Avenue on Saturday night. But it’s all for a good cause. And the young “panhandlers” are supervised. This event — to raise awareness about the plight of the homeless in Cleveland and across the nation — is set to last from 6 p.m. Saturday until noon Sunday. For those 18 hours, it’s meant to give the more than two dozen participants from the youth group at Lakewood Congregational Church United Church of Christ a glimpse of what it feels like to not have a home, especially during one of the coldest months of the year. There are …