A “mission” to the future

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Maria Rojas-Banda is mission developer of Misión Luterana Unidad, a Latino ministry housed at Unity Lutheran Church in Berwyn, Ill. “In the Latinx community, many times LGBTQIA people feel that there is no place where they can come and worship and be their authentic selves,” she said. “We are the place, and we want to provide that for them.”

After moving from Lebanon to the United States to complete his theological studies, Charbel Zgheib was presented with a life-changing opportunity: to serve as mission developer for a new congregation serving Afghan, Arab and Middle Eastern people in Sacramento, Calif. Members of the community had shown interest in establishing the congregation, and Khader Khalilia, program […]

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