Emmanuel Christian Fellowship Church

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Emmanuel Community Christian Church (Emmanuel CCC), a protestant Christian congregation “with a special ministry to the gay/lesbian community,” formed in 1986. Early on, Emmanuel CCC held weekly nondenominational worship services and social gatherings in a space rented from the West Shore Unitarian-Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Boulevard. Emmanuel CCC maintained a predominantly LGBT+ congregation, though its services were open to Christians of all backgrounds and denominations. In addition to welcoming LGBT+ individuals to join its congregation, Emmanuel CCC became actively involved in addressing the “various issues and needs of the Gay/Lesbian community, including social, political, and health concerns” through its programming, social events, and community outreach efforts. In 1987, Emmanuel CCC joined the national Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC). The newly-christened Emmanuel Metropolitan Community Church (Emmanuel MCC) later moved its services to the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland before finding a more permanent space in a rented storefront at 10034 Lorain Avenue. After affiliating the the UFCC, Emmanuel MCC’s membership gradually declined following a series of disputed between local, regional, and national MCC leadership. In December 1993, members of Emmanuel MCC voted to officially separate the church from the national Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. Following its split from the UFMCC, the newly-independent Emmanuel Christian Fellowship Church (Emmanuel CFC) was financially devastated after being forced to surrender its financial assets to the national UFMCC. Despite this financial setback, Emmanuel CFC continued to hold weekly worship services and social events at its 10034 Lorain Avenue location. After operating for roughly 14-and-a-half years, Emmanuel Christian Fellowship Church closed in September 2000.

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10034 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111

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