My time at Church of Mary Magdalene is a sacred experience of worship that calls me to radically embrace the other as the purest form of worship. This safe space for the vulnerable calls all to see the holy God in the eyes of the oppressed. I am grateful that there is a place to come and rest like Church of Mary Magdalene. In a world full of threats and excused abuse, there is such a need for a space like this.
Micah Nutter Dowling, PCUSA Minister
Having the messages from Church of Mary Magdalene livestreamed gives me the opportunity to participate in a church that is accepting and welcoming of who I am as a person (a queer, disabled, spiritually uncertain woman) that would otherwise be often inaccessible to me due to physical restrictions. I am unable to attend a large number of churches in the first place because they are not fully accessible to those with disabilities, and frequent illness often restricts me to my bed. Church of Mary Magdalene removes those barriers so that I am able to engage in a spiritual practice that would otherwise be impossible, and provides a welcoming environment by not excluding me on the basis of any of the things that typically bar me from participation in a spiritual community – my disability, gender, sexual orientation, or physical illness.
However, just having a livestream does not make a church welcoming and accessible. To me, the fact that I know your literal space is as well and that I would be welcome to and able to attend physically if I felt up to it is also really important to me. I don’t think it is an either/or. I want to know that a church is physically welcoming and doctrinally accepting and THEN if they provide something like a livestream, it just adds another layer of accessibility, but I know that they aren’t just using that as a cop-out to assume that they don’t need to do anything else to be a welcoming and accessible space.
Anna Hull, graduate student of Bioethics and Theology, Emory University
I have witnessed that your church is playing an important role by being not just inclusive of those normally excluded but actively led by those often excluded. For me personally, part of the importance of the church is that it’s interdenominational and that brings in a diverse group of people and makes the content itself welcoming in its mix (and reimagining) of traditions. I’ve really identified with the commitment to be a church where women in charge are the norm, not the exception. It also seems like LGBTQ people are expected to be the norm, not the exception, in the sense that it’s not just welcoming or inclusive but intended for LGBTQ people, which is different.
Attender of Church of Mary Magdalene