Open Door, an LGBT+ Fellowship
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OPEN DOOR, AN LGBT+ FELLOWSHIP
The mission of Open Door is to seek and serve Christ in all persons by embracing the LGBT+ community, their families, and their friends through opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship, and service.
Open Door may be best known for the fun events held on a monthly basis. We come together in the homes of our members and at various venues across Dallas.
We aren’t just a social club. Open Door members are actively involved in every aspect of church life and ministry at a fully welcoming parish. Through worship, prayer, and study, Open Door members have abundant opportunities to grow spiritually in Christ.
Open Door participates in service to the community. Our primary outreach is to Youth First, a subsidiary of Resource Center Dallas focused on serving Dallas’ LGBT youth, ages 18 and younger. Contact us for more info about upcoming outreach opportunities!
We consider all members of Transfiguration’s LGBT+ community as well as our friends in the congregation, to be members of Open Door. Additionally, some of our members come from sister churches without welcoming groups of their own. Open Door has three co-coordinators who serve staggered three-year terms and the current leadership team consists of Mark Ramsay, Chip Brownlee, and Greg Dill.
For the first time ever, Transfiguration will be represented at both the Festival and in the Parade, and Open Door is making it happen! We have lots of fun swag to give away, beautiful t-shirts to wear while we do it, and an assortment of Pride flags to wave.
There are two ways to participate:
- Sign up to staff the Fig’s Festival booth on Saturday, June 1 in hour-long shifts between 11 AM and 10 PM.
- Sign up to march with the Fig’s Parade entry on Sunday, June 2. A luxury bus will be provided to take all marchers from the Fig parking lot at 12:30 PM and return us as soon as the parade is over. Also, water and snacks will be provided as we march and throw swag to the crowd.
We typically meet the first Saturday of each month at 6:30 p.m., alternating between in-home meetings or dinners and community events. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on our mailing list for upcoming events and meetings and check back here for updated information.
We are excited to announce that GLF, Transfiguration’s Gay & Lesbian Fellowship, is now known as Open Door, an LGBT+ Fellowship! Following a visioning process in 2017 which included member discussion of both the scope/purpose and name of the group, the membership narrowed the name selections until a majority voted for the name Open Door.
Open Door began as the Gay & Lesbian Ministry, which caused some confusion in the early days about whether the group was a ministry opportunity to or for LGBT church members. The name was changed to the Gay & Lesbian Fellowship to better communicate the group’s purpose. In recent times, however, many church members thought that the name “Gay & Lesbian Fellowship” was unintentionally discriminating against other members of our diverse and vibrant LGBT+ community. We embarked on a visioning process that included a working meeting to brainstorm our outreach opportunities and a possible name change. Members voted electronically in rounds and the name Open Door, an LGBT+ Fellowship was chosen by a majority of the membership to better align with our mission of welcome.