This week, I (Sean) travel to Brea, California to visit the Brea Congregational United Church of Christ. I went to the morning Sunday School where they were doing A Faith & Reason series by John Dominic Crossan “The Challenge of Jesus,” then I visited the church service. Everyone at the church had a smile on their face. This was a faith community that was non-judgmental, greeting me with love and genuine joy. Most notably, Brea Congregational UCC was a place where members of the LGBTQ community could worship freely and participate freely. After the service, I had the opportunity to sit down with the pastors, The Rev. Rick Marshall and The Rev. Jeanyne Slettom as well as 4 members of the church (one who had just become a member that morning). Enjoy the conversation!

During the podcast Richard Procida plugs his blog. Here’s the link:


Below is pictures from the day I drove by the church. The church sign was the first thing I saw, making an immediate impact.

Below is me and one of the Brea Congregation members, Janine. Who was the first person to invite me to the Church when I first posted on their Facebook Page. Everyone was so great. I immediately felt like a member of their community. I can’t wait to go back.