St. Jude Metropolitan Community Church in Wilmington is turning 20, but it began to serve a need in the gay and lesbian community -- to have a more accepting place to bury the dead and worship God.
- Amanda Greene
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Talana’s funeral was the “never again” moment for Wilmington’s LGBT community. Never again would they struggle to find an accepting place to bury their dead or to worship God. The community united to form the first Metropolitan Community Church in Southeastern North Carolina, calling it St. Jude’s after the patron saint of desperate causes, sometimes called “the forgotten saint.”
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