SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The pro-homosexual Greater Purpose Community Church in California says that it has sold its former building and temporarily moved into a food lounge complete with beer taps until it opens a public brewery on the premises, which will donate part of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood, among other organizations.
“We decided to sell the building, because for us a church is a community and a movement,” leader Chris VanHall told NBC Bay Area. “It’s not brick and mortar.”
The former building had a large homosexual rainbow flag unfurled outside of the building, and members marched in the recent Pride Parade, according to the publication Good Times. VanHall also had a “Happy Pride Month” rainbow frame on his Facebook profile photo for the month of June.
While looking for a new place to gather, VanHall’s rental agent mentioned the former Logos Bookstore and signed a lease agreement with former Logos owner, John Livingston, to use the space as both a meeting place for Greater Purpose and a brewery.
“It’s more about community than anything,” Livingston told reporters. “I really like their approach.”
In the meantime, Greater Purpose is meeting in The Food Lounge, housed in the same building. VanHall asked the owner of the lounge to keep the bar open, so members could have a beer while listening to his sermons.
“We have a glass of beer, glass of wine, and it’s a comfortable atmosphere where people can not only listen to a progressive take on
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