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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Gay Christian Network (GCN) has announced that they have launched Sanctuary, a new ministry program to help create safe spaces in local congregations for LGBT Christians and those who care about them.

GCN said that this was created because pastors know they need to do something to support their LGBT congregants, but stay silent out of fear of dividing or losing their congregations.

The initiative is the brainchild of longtime GCN members James and Rebecca Farlow and others supporters who passionately work for bridge-building. It will operate as a ministry of GCN and will be based in California. The Farlows will serve as co-directors.

Contributions to the program are welcome.

In other news, GCN is searching for someone to work in their marketing and public relations department. Applicants should have strong writing, speaking, and organizational skills; strong knowledge of social media; and a knack for using just the right words at the right time for any given audience. More information is available online.

info: gcn.org. sanctuaryforall.org.

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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.