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Knoxville Church preaches inclusiveness beyond Pride Month

Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – It’s Pride Month and there are a ton of events going on to celebrate. Those who identify with the LGBTQ+ community say they hope these events help people find places to feel welcome year-round.

Colleen Darraugh moved to Tennessee just a few years ago from Texas. She is now a member of one of the oldest LGBTQ+ communities here in Knoxville.

“Pride is about coming out boldly and authentically and saying I’m not going to live in the shadows anymore,” Darraugh said. “When I walked out, I felt like I came back to myself and had a full understanding of who I was.”

Colleen Darraugh grew up in church, but it wasn’t until she left the community that she said she felt she could be herself,

“For LGBTQ people, so many of us have been told they’re not welcome, told they’re an abomination, told we’re not worth it. hardly, and we were excluded from the religious communities.”

Years later, it was actually the church that gave him back his sense of community.

“Metropolitan Community Church is a church that practices the radically inclusive love of God, and we welcome everyone,” she said.

The LGBT-affirming Protestant Christian denomination was established in 1968.

“This congregation has been in Knoxville for 45 years,” she explained.

They have approximately 50 members in Knoxville and Reverend Colleen Darraugh is proud to lead them.

“Judgment belongs to God and I must live my life with my understanding of the word of God, and I will stand before God for judgment. We don’t need those judgments here.

That’s why they welcome everyone.

“It’s important that there are safe spaces and that there are other congregations in Knoxville that welcome LGBTQ people,” Darraugh said.

It is a community for others to come out of the shadows and find their light through faith.

Darraugh said she also met his wife through the church. They have been together for 23 years now.

Knoxville Metropolitan Community Church has services every Sunday at 11 a.m.

They have a list of upcoming events. You can find their calendar of events here.


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