Raleigh, NC (PressExposure) August 20, 2008 -- St. Johnâs Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of Raleigh, (www.stjohnsmcc.org) a church for all people founded on the âwhosoeverâ principal in 1976, announces today that Jay Bakker; son of PTLâs Jim Bakker and the late Tammy Faye Bakker-Messner, is gathering national attention that may focus on Raleigh September 27-28.
Bakker and his âstraight advocate for the gay communityâ message are gaining national attention and popularity. Most recently, Kenneth Cole included Bakker in both print and video promotions entitled We All Walk In Different Shoes. The print ad first appeared in the August edition of Out Magazine. The video is featured on Keneth Coleâs Website at http://www.kennethcole.com/home/index.jsp . In addition, Logo channelâs AfterEllen.comâs newest video blog series Oh God I'm Gay, kicked off with host Alicia Ross talking with live with Bakker. The video can be seen at http://www.afterellen.com/taxonomy/term/1902 .
"I am so pleased that Jay Bakker is coming to NC Pride," says Amy Lambert, Duke Divinity School student. "His message of love for all people, regardless, compliments the teachings here at Duke."
During the 2006 filming of Sundance Channelâs documentary One Punk Under God (http://www.sundancechannel.com/onepunk), Bakker begins to question the churches teachings against homosexuality. He comes into an understanding that much of what is taught in church on the issue, is tradition based on misinterpretation of scripture. Captured on film is much of his soul searching and investigation of the issue, as well as the start of his âgay is okâ advocacy.
âJayâs message of Godâs unconditional love for all people is desperately needed today,â says Rev. Belva Y. Boone, Senior Pastor of St. Johnâs MCC. âPeople are being hurt daily by hateful words and actions, to the point that the legislators of N.C. attempted to pass anti-bullying legislation this summer, an action I personally applaud.â
In addition to pastoring Revolution NYC (www.revolutionnyc.com) Bakker works with Soulforce, an organization with a mission is to cut off homophobia at its source -- religious bigotry. In support of Soulforce, Bakker meets with religious leaders across the country engaging them in conversations about homosexuality and the church.
Bakker will be participating in several events throughout the Triangle as part of the annual Pride weekend celebration. Bakker will be participating in the Pride festival opening interfaith ecumenical service as well as marching with St. Johnâs MCC members in the Pride parade held on Duke Universityâs East Campus, Saturday September 27. Saturday evening, there will be an open-to-the-public reception for Bakker at The View, part of the Legends Night Club complex, located in Raleigh on the corner of Hargett and Harrington streets from 6-7 p.m. Sunday St. Johnâs MCC has secured Broughton High Schoolâs auditorium for the 11 a.m. Service Bakker will be preaching. The school is located at 723 St. Maryâs St. in Raleigh. After the 11 a.m. service, St. Johnâs MCC will be hosting a complimentary friendship and fellowship lunch on the church grounds located at 805 Glenwood avenue, only a few short blocks from Broughton High School. The weekend will finish with Bakker speaking a second time at St. Johnâs MCCâs 7 p.m. service Sunday September 28. This service will take place in the churches sanctuary.
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About Jay Bakker: Son of PTL Club founders, Jim Bakker and the late Tammy Faye Bakker-Messner, Jay grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1994, Bakker along with Kelli Miller and Mike Walls, started the first Revolution Church in Phoenix, AZ. Revolution seeks to meet the needs of a whole subculture of people ignored and even blatantly rejected by the established church. Revolution services have featured bands, DJ's, art exhibits, a coffeehouse and guest speakers, many times bringing in both local and regional touring acts, trying to cater to the interests of the community around them. Jay has spoken at numerous festivals and churches as well as appeared both on television (âOne Punk Under Godâ, âLarry King Live,â â20/20,â âGood Morning Americaâ) and in print (Rolling Stone, NY Times, Time, FHM, Charisma, Relevant). For more information visit http://www.revolutionnyc.com or call (704) 684-0777.