Openly gay minister takes helm of Connecticut church

The United Church on the Green is set to ordain its first openly gay minister in Connecticut without much of the controversy that has plagued other Christian churches.As one of Connecticut?s few openly

News 12 Staff

Sep 18, 2006, 12:02 AM

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Openly gay minister takes helm of Connecticut church
The United Church on the Green is set to ordain its first openly gay minister in Connecticut without much of the controversy that has plagued other Christian churches.As one of Connecticut?s few openly gay religious leaders, Reverend John MacIver Gage, 36, will lead the United Church on the Green congregation in New Haven. Sporting a tattoo, a silver hoop earring and a symbol of gay pride around his neck, Gage will represent a church that has historically been on the forefront of social issues. Back in the 1970s, the church was criticized for openly protesting the Vietnam War.Norwalk resident Kathy White attributes her strong faith to Gage's ability to break stereotypes. Gage says he can imagine the congregation being more nervous about his young age than his being gay. Gage was first ordained as a priest in 2000.


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