Loving & Embracing All

We believe God loves and embraces all.  In this space, we will tell our loving and embracing stories.

Immigrant and Refugee Perspective of LGBTQ

“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to more »

Closet of Hidden Shame, or Transparent Freedom?

As the mother of twin daughters, I waited with excitement for the teen years, looking forward to college trips, proms, teen sleepovers, graduations, weddings, and future grandchildren. I was diligent about parenting teens, i.e., knowing their friends’ parents, making sure parties were chaperoned, monitoring homework and grades, etc. Our twins were smart, had lots of friends, and as parents, we more »

Growing Up Welcomed, and Then Something Changed, Part 2

One summer, after moving to Denver, I went to the annual Pride Festival to explore what resources were available in my new home that empowered people like me. I saw banks, the power company, various clubs and associations. And then I stumbled upon a row of churches. This was shocking to me, because of my more »

Growing Up Welcomed, and Then Something Changed

I grew up a valued member of an American Baptist Church… until I embraced a part of myself. I want to share part of my story with you, and to show how I was empowered and grew spiritually at another American Baptist Church that was officially welcoming and affirming of people who are gay. When more »

A Task Force for LGBTQ Inclusion

A process of discernment is underway at First Baptist Church of Indianapolis. Last November, the FBC Administrative Council voted unanimously to form a task force to design and lead a process of discernment, conversation and education related to LGBTQ inclusion. In May of this year, the task force was officially established and began its work more »

A Church Home: “All Ages, All Types and Various Colors”

Growing up in Augusta, Georgia, Monica’s parents were active in church and made sure she was there every week. “My grandmother taught us that church is the place where you get your spiritual strength renewed and where your experiences, your relationships with people there are important,” she said. As an adult with her own family, more »

Loved and Accepted: “I Have a Spiritual Home Now”

Kevin hadn’t been part of a church community for years. For part of his life he wasn’t sure he could even be part of a church community. But on December 18, 2016, he visited First Baptist Church of Indianapolis. A little more than an hour later, he was a member. Kevin acknowledged, “I immediately felt more »

From India to Indy: “We Find Some Peace Here”

Hephzhi and Benny are thousands of miles away from their churches in India but they feel at home at First Baptist Church of Indianapolis. “It’s like our church at home so that’s why we like coming here,” Hephzhi said. The music is similar. The order of worship is similiar. And they like the sermons and more »

Alone in a New Land: “My Family is at this Church”

Justine and her three children were Congolese refugees seeking a better life when they arrived in the United States in September, 2012. At the Indianapolis Airport, there was no one to pick them up so they just stayed there, not knowing where to go, and not knowing whom to call. She was in a place with people who more »

Church Home in North Indy: “A Great Place to Worship!”

Mark and Cindy attended church in their childhood but their families did not go all the time. “Sometimes we would. Sometimes we wouldn’t,” said Mark. “We were those Christmas and Easter kind of people,” said Cindy. They both grew up in Fort Wayne and met while playing in the school orchestra. They dated in high more »

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