As Rose French reports in the StarTribune, the only black congregation that is officially “open and affirming” now hovers on the brink of closure:
The Rev. Oliver White knew not everyone at his St. Paul church was going to agree with his support for gay marriage.
But he never imagined that nearly two-thirds of his congregation would leave.
And now, Grace Community United Church of Christ, the only UCC church in Minnesota with a predominantly black congregation, is in desperate straits. The church has until June 30 to raise $200,000 to pay off a loan, otherwise it likely will be forced to close, White says.
Read the rest, including where contributions are coming from: St. Paul UCC church at brink of closing over gay-marriage stand | StarTribune.com.