Secret Kenyan Church Opens Its Doors to LGBT Worshipers

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12/16/2023

For the past ten years, there has been a clandestine church operating in Kenya. The church acknowledges Kenya as a nation deeply committed to its religious beliefs. Within its walls, the church offers a sanctuary for gay worshippers, ensuring their services remain concealed from the eyes of the public. In an interview with BBC, John, a gay priest, recounts his connection to his newly founded religious community. He had been ordained in a mainstream church before joining his new congregation. John grappled with condemnation from his former church leaders who considered his sexual orientation sinful. He made the tough call to depart from his parish. The church had expected him to remain celibate, but he believed that sacrificing his own happiness for acceptance was too steep a price to pay. As John contemplates his current community, he conveys joy that the intersections of his ethnicity, sexual orientation, and vocation as a man of the cloth are being embraced without conflict in his new church.

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