LGBTQ+ Groups: Religious Life
Groups like Dignity and MCC organized liturgies and masses. They also hosted speakers on topics related to religion and being gay, such as Fr. John McNeil, who wrote a book about the church and sexual identity. Both groups included many people who were not Christian, and Dignity held an annual Passover Seder. MCC Lancaster and Harrisburg both struggled in their early years with the impact of AIDs on their gay male clergy. Eventually, Rev. Mary Merriman became pastor of MCC Vision of Hope (Lancaster, PA) in 1987 and Rev. Eva O’Diam became pastor of MCC of the Spirit (Harrisburg, PA) in 1991.