If you’re familiar with Black churches, you know that they’re lively and uplifting places. That’s how San Francisco native Yvette Flunder remembers hers.
At the Pentecostal church she grew up in, she recalls pastors and church leaders who were tender and kind and understanding.
That is, until the topic of homosexuality came up.
Flunder herself was, as she calls it, “a same-gender-loving-woman.” This kind of preaching drove her out of her church. But, she didn’t leave her religion. As a matter of fact, she went on to become a pastor. She is now Bishop Yvette Flunder of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in Oakland. It’s a space she founded 25 years ago to be a church that’s culturally Black, and radically inclusive.
Click the audio player above to listen to the full story. This story originally aired in September of 2016.