Trinity Haven Dio Indy

Five years ago Trinity Church, Indianapolis had an empty house to dispose of, so the rector appointed a discernment committee. Five years later, at another property, they saw the opening of Trinity House, Indiana’s first transitional housing for LGBT homeless youth, 16-24. It is its own nonprofit agency, a cooperating ministry of the Diocese of Indianapolis, and the first residents moved in last week. Trinity’s rector, the Rev. Julia Whitworth, told Episcopal News Service, “We live in a state that has been historically inhospitable, abusive and damaging to LGBTQ people,” she says. “And much of the hatefulness stems from poor religious teaching and religious malpractice that distorts the teachings of Jesus in a way that leads a parent to expel their child because of who they are and who they love. To have the opportunity not just as Trinity Church, but the entire diocese to paint a different view of Christians and a different way of being the church is so powerful and so important, and it feels like an incredible privilege to live into our gospel.” She adds that Trinity’s model would work in other parishes too. (diocesan photo)

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