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Rev. Salvatore Sapienza
Douglas, MI

Reverend Salvatore Sapienza, an openly gay man, became a Christian pastor because he believes in love, peace, and justice. Sal believes that too many Christian churches continue to disregard LGBTQ people, openly discriminate against them, and ignore the important contributions they make to society. He believes that any theology that lessens the worth of people is a harmful theology. He’s driven by a relentless pursuit of education and commitment to raising awareness among people of faith to change their misinterpretations of some biblical teachings.

“The freedoms we realize as gay people, such as marriage equality, happened because of all the people who came before us,” he said. “The fact that I can stand in front of a congregation as a gay man is because of all those people who fought and struggled along the way before us. We’re living in an exciting time – to see how far we’ve come – but there’s a lot more to be accomplished.”

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