I loved living in Bloomington. Jerame and I often comment that if the housing were cheaper and jobs were easier to find in the college town, we'd be back in an instant. It had the perfect small town feel without the small minds.
First United Church of Bloomington recently confirmed the town's reputation for diversity. Assistant pastor Micaela Wood writes to tell us:
The congregation of First United Church has voted to approve an official position statement as "an open, welcoming, and affirming church" for all persons "without regard to race, sex, gender, age, sexual orientation, faith, nationality, ethnicity, economic or marital status, or physical, mental, or emotional disability." The statement is particularly designed to welcome persons who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex.
First United follows the faith traditions of the American Baptist Churches USA and the United Church of Christ and has long been characterized by the slogan: "An inclusive community of Christian faith." The church, which relocated from downtown Bloomington to the near east side more than a half-century ago, has a rich history of welcoming into worship and fellowship those who may have been turned away by other churches.