LGBT welcoming church in Duquesne; challenges in Kittaning

The Post-Gazette has a lovely description of a (somewhat) authentic Hungarian wedding which took place in Duquesne over the weekend at the Hungarian Reformed Church.  The bride's brother is a member of the LGBT community who recently relocated out of state.  Here's the interesting part:

Church leaders said they are hoping that groups not ordinarily associated with ethnic churches, such as the gay and lesbian community and non-Hungarians, will give them a try.

“We accept everybody the way they are,” said Father Posta.

The congregation plans to celebrate its anniversary with a dinner on June 27 at the Westwood Golf Club in West Mifflin, including a performance by the William Penn Magyar Folk Dancers.

For more information about the church or the anniversary celebration, call 412-466-2300.

How nice to be invited to church. The article does, however, seem to play up the fact that the former members who happen to be gay were fundraisers so I'm curious as to the church's stance on LGBT issues in general.  Are we welcome in the “come join us” mentality or in the “we lift up your families” mentality?  This is certainly worth exploring.  From the description of the wedding, this sounds like the place to do it.
From Kittanning, PA comes word of potential protests tonight when the public library shows the LGBT themed film “Out in the Silence” Kudos to the library system for standing up to intolerance.  Several Pittsburgh based LGBT groups are sending representatives in a show of solidarity for Kittanning's LGBT community.  That hatefest include the American Family Association of Pennsylvania who have produced “Speechless:  Silencing the Christian Community” in response to the original film. 
I'll be in Kittanning on Monday so we'll bring some post-movie healing energy.  It is also good to read that Persad Center is providing general outreach services to Butler and Armstrong Counties. That sort of partnership with the library is good for the long term welfare of the LGBT community. 


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