Rejection, despair, fear, discouragement, and isolation are only a few of the harmful feelings experienced by those who are “different.” But our differences are what make us beautiful! Our differences are created by a loving God. At the Congregational Church of Boca Raton United Church of Christ, it is clear that God still speaks and our arms are open in welcome to all who are searching for a church home including those among the LGBT community. This community has particularly suffered.
Teenagers who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual have an attempted suicide rate that is at least three times higher than their heterosexual counterparts. Even higher are the suicide rates among transgender youth and young adults. One of the main reasons for this high rate of attempted suicide and suicide by LGBT youth is bullying.
Thirty to forty percent of homeless American youth are LGBT youth. Many of these youth were kicked out by their parents upon learning of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Those not kicked out, ran from an abusive home environment.
Our congregation stands together with LGBT youth to demonstrate that their ability to love and seek love is a blessing from God on their lives. Our youth ministry caters to all youth, regardless of any differences.
LGBT Adults & Seniors:
LGBT citizens are often discriminated against in housing, employment, adoption rights, and hospital visitation rights to name just a few. Among those 65 years of age and older, at least two million are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Many of these senior citizens are lonely and isolated. Often their nursing homes and retirement communities mistreatment them. For most of their lives, the majority have felt estranged from organized religion.
Join our Adult Fellowship, dine with our Lunch Bunch, and come celebrate at our church dinners. Be a part of our church family.
If you have been rejected, feel isolated, alone, discouraged, or alienated, we embrace you. Do not despair. Do not lose hope. Hope is found through the love of Jesus Christ, and our church home is a reflection of his love. We are a congregation that is open and affirming. We are a lifeline to our community who understands and respects others and we want to help you and provide you with a place you can worship in communion with others. Everyone is welcome. Our church home is your church home.