Church Celebrates Marriage Equality With Rainbow Communion Bread

Revolution Church, a liberal congregation in Minneapolis, served rainbow-colored communion bread at services recently to celebrate Minnesota passing marriage equality.

Pastor Jay Bakker of the gay-friendly Revolution Church serves rainbow communion bread in honor of Minnesota’s newly-passed marriage equality law

The idea for the colorful addition to church service came from Courtney Perry, a photographer who served the bread at her symbolic wedding ceremony in 2011. (She and her spouse didn’t marry legally in solidarity with their LGBT friends who are still denied that right.) Rev. Jay Bakker, the church’s head pastor, found the idea symbolic and fun.

“So many people have been hurt by the church and by Christianity,” Bakker told the News. “But this was a beautiful moment.”

Bakker describes his church as “pretty liberal” on social issues. Congregants in Minneapolis meet at a theater space with a bar and a bowling alley; the New York chapter of the church meets at a bar in Brooklyn. It’s friendlier and more neutral than traditional places of worship, and that’s how he wants members to see the church.

Bakker said he’s received plenty of backlash from conservative social media users after news about his rainbow communion bread spread online.

“They’ve missed out on the higher message of the Bible and who Jesus is and what he did,” Bakker said in response to those negative comments. “They’ve become victims of tradition.”

It’s refreshing to see more and more religious groups that aren’t so much about religion, per se, but about sticking together in the face of adversity perpetuated by others under the guise of “God’s will.” A little rainbow bread goes a long way.

About Camille Beredjick

Camille is a twentysomething working in the LGBT nonprofit industry. She runs an LGBT news blog at gaywrites.org.

  • Anna

    Interesting. It looks like Jay Bakker and his church have gotten even more progressive since the One Punk Under God documentary aired in 2006.

  • Robster

    Did the bread replace the boring cracker thingy they usually serve in church? What replaced the red wine I wonder, perhaps a nice milkshake or an icecream we have in Australia called a Gaytime.

    • Alexis

      The church I grew up with used typical America white bread cubed into 1/4 inch pieces, and concord grape juice from a can.

      • ortcutt

        When I was a 6-year old and went to Catholic Church, I would have dreamed about leavened bread and concord grape juice. We only had pasty unleavened wafers.

  • kielc

    The church I grew up in in Minneapolis had an openly gay lay preacher in the late 1970s/1980s. Wasn’t any big deal to the congregation then (though, I believe, the Lutheran Church of America wouldn’t ordain him). We were all completely fine with him and considered his–or anyone else’s–sexuality none of our business.

    • Justsayinhere

      They will happily do so now, just to put that out there.

  • Bob Becker

    Diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks I guess, but rainbow communion bread drifts just a tad over to the tacky side of the line for me.

    • Gus Snarp

      Tacky? This is a church we’re talking about.

    • ortcutt

      Have you seen the Pope, or any Episcopal Bishop, or any megamall television church? I’m having a hard time thinking of any form of Christianity that isn’t tacky.

  • JohnnieCanuck

    Now just imagine if you will that this was one of those churches that consider the bread to literally become Jesus’ body. WWJD when He looked down and saw what had become of Himself?

    • MD

      Ooh, the pretty colours!

  • baal

    The mayor of Saint Paul, Chris Coleman (not that Norm fellow), put up rainbow flags on the main bridge into downtown with the Governor signing into law SSM in MN.

  • GodIsLove

    I thank you Lord that you love everyone at Revolution Church. Send your Spirit to invade everyone’s heart at that church. Let who You are become known to them. I ask this of You, In Jesus’ name, Amen. Expect God’s love to flood everyone’s heart at Revolution Church, even Jay Bakker’s heart.


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