Why Can't Harlem's Only Black LGBT Church Find A Home?
Senior Pastor Vanessa Brown of Rivers of Living Water says they're having a hard time finding a space for church. Living Water has become a place of refuge for African-American LGBT Christians, but it's a church without a home. The Harlem church declares itself "radically inclusive and open and affirming" of the LGBT community, and the majority of its congregation, along with its entire ministry, is LGBT. And unlike the few other Harlem churches that open their doors to gay members, Rivers of Living Water performs same-sex marriage ceremonies. But embracing the LGBT community has come with a cost: Rest Here!