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June 11, 2017: Outreach at Pride
I grew up in a half-Mormon, half-Southern Baptist home. When I moved to DC after college, I started looking for a Baptist church to attend. Ten years into the search I was still unsuccessful. I had one basic requirement: I refused to attend a church where a sermon was preached against another religion or LGBT people. Shockingly, three churches in my journey preached negatively about Mormons. I was disheartened...

by Daniel Froggett

I grew up in a half-Mormon, half-Southern Baptist home. When I moved to DC after college, I started looking for a Baptist church to attend. Ten years into the search I was still unsuccessful. I had one basic requirement: I refused to attend a church where a sermon was preached against another religion or LGBT people. Shockingly, three churches in my journey preached negatively about Mormons. I was disheartened.

My roommate, a devout Methodist, knew that his church was not my style, but he was determined to help me find a place to worship—even he could tell that I needed a spiritual home. He said one Sunday, “We are going to the Pride Festival. They have a whole string of booths dedicated to welcoming churches.” I scoffed. Pride events, in general, make me nervous. I tend to be introverted and Pride is... not. But I agreed to go. And now the only booth I remember visiting was All Souls’.

I met Jeff Wells and Dale Lewis. They gave me an All Souls by the Zoo bag and The Episcopal Handbook, very succinctly said they loved their church, and got my email address—all in about five minutes. They couldn’t have been nicer and it all just happened so quickly. So when I received a follow-up email inviting me to an open-house reception, I decided to go, but I made my roommate come with me for protection. The reception was perfect. There were 20 or so people noshing on wine and cheese and getting to know one another. I remember thinking I would surely get in trouble for drinking at church… and I met some folks at that reception that are very close friends to this day. I found a church.

I have packed a lot into my first four years at All Souls. I’ve been a member of the Communications Committee, the choir, and the Rector Search/Transition/Celebration Committees, and have just been elected to the Vestry. I can honestly say I also have a closer relationship to Christ.

It’s amazing what five minutes at a Pride Booth can turn into… We sometimes shy away from words like evangelism and proselytizing. Both words are best represented in the work that the volunteers at the Pride Booth do. And I know, from personal experience, that the work is worthwhile and important and necessary.  

Last Published: July 19, 2017 8:41 AM
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