Gay Couple Will Lead Historic DC Church With A Vision Of Justice

Source: Huffington Post

By Antonia Blumberg Associate Religion Editor, The Huffington Post

A 155-year-old Baptist church in Washington DC recently named a married, gay couple to be its senior ministers with unanimous approval from its congregation.

Calvary Baptist Church announced the hiring of Sally Sarratt and Maria Swearingen as the new senior ministers during a service on Sunday. Sarratt and Swearingen, who were legally married in 2014 and ordained in 2015, will begin their new roles on Feb. 26.

“Calvary sits in a unique position to be both a progressive and multiracial congregation, Baptist in heritage and ecumenical in expression, offering vibrant space for people across racial and ethnic lines who hold theologically progressive views to share in Christian community together,” Swearingen told The Huffington Post. “Imagining such a place excites us!”

Maria Swearingen, left, and Sally Sarratt, right, will start as senior co-pastors of Calvary Baptist Church on Feb. 26.

Founded by abolitionists in 1862, Calvary broke ties with the Southern Baptist Convention in 2012, in part over its opposition to the ordination of women and discriminatory attitudes toward the LGBT community.

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