Oldest Gay Church Installs New Leader | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Oldest Gay Church Installs New Leader

Play associated audio

By Asma Khalid

The oldest Christian church established by and for the homosexual community is appointing a new head in Washington.

The Metropolitan Community Church is installing Reverend J. Dwayne Johnson as its new senior pastor today. Johnson was born into a conservative Christian home. Both of his parents are ministers in the Church of the Nazarene. The church explicitly forbids homosexual relations.

But Johnson was a man of faith. Despite his personal feelings he went on to become a pastor himself in the Church of the Nazarene. But over time he felt that he was living a lie, and decided to leave the church.

He stumbled upon the Metropolitan Community Church 20 years ago, and he says it saved his ministry. Today, that same church is installing Johnson to help save others.

NPR

For Paul Cezanne, An Apple A Day Kept Obscurity Away

In the 1800s, still-life painting was the bottom feeder of the art world, but that's where the French painter chose to leave his mark. "I want to astonish Paris with an apple," he's said to have said.
NPR

From McDonald's To Organic Valley, You're Probably Eating Wood Pulp

Many processed foods contain cellulose, which is plant fiber that is commonly extracted from wood. It's used to add texture, prevent caking and boost fiber. And it's been around for ages.
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Democrats And Republicans Fight Over Investigating Senator's Resignation

Democrats and Republicans in Virginia are at odds over the value of investigating the state Senator Phil Puckett, who resigned last month to take a job at a state tobacco commission — and turned the Senate over to Republicans.
NPR

Hackers In China Reportedly Targeted U.S. Federal Workers

Looking for information about workers applying for security clearances, Chinese hackers successfully accessed U.S. government computer networks in March, The New York Times reports.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.