By Julie Church, Times Correspondent In Print: Saturday, December 26, 2009
CLEARWATER — For many years, the members and staff at St. Paul's Lutheran Church have opened their arms to gay and lesbian worshipers and others who don't feel comfortable at other churches.
That congenial approach took on a warmer glow over the summer when the national churchwide assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to recognize same-sex partnerships within the church and the hiring of pastors in same-sex relationships.
Now the welcoming effort is rising to a new level.
The church will present a special holiday concert Sunday for people of all sexual orientations and the community at large.
"Home for Christmas: A Celebration of God's Welcome" will feature members of Una Voce, a local gay men's chorus singing traditional Christmas music, and the music of Leslie Kille, a local singer-songwriter.ORIGINAL ARTICLE