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The Rev. Jane Spahr.
The Rev. Jane Spahr.

"The Stories Cry Out:" a minister advocating for equality in her mainline church

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The Rev. Jane Spahr is a Presbyterian minister who has spent the last 30 years advocating for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Presbyterian Church.

She's had ministries in the inner city of Pittsburgh, San Rafael and Oakand, California, and in San Francisco, where she served as pastor in the Castro area - the first out lesbian pastor in the Presbyterian Church. She then was a founder and first executive director of the Spectrum Center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender concerns in San Anselmo, California.

She served for 17 years as the minister director of That All May Freely Serve - an organization that advocates for LGBT people who want to serve in the Presbyterian Church. Spahr is now retired, but she still travels widely to communities, colleges and universities - as she says "evangelizing."

She was in the NCPR studios this morning with the Rev. Kathleen Buckley, chaplain at St. Lawrence University, to talk with Martha Foley.

(Also on campus this week: the Shower of Stoles Project -- a collection of liturgical stoles representing the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith. 450 stoles are on display this week in various places on the St. Lawrence University campus - the student center and the chapel among them.)

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