Sign defaced at open-and-affirming UCC church near San Jose
Written by J. Bennett Guess
August 22, 2007

After an anti-gay slur was painted across the sign outside Campbell UCC near San Jose, Calif., on Aug. 18, a member of the Campbell City Council is now asking city residents to show support for the congregation by offering donations for the purchase of a new church sign.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Councilman Evan Low is encouraging folks to visit Campbell UCC and to make a donation during Sunday services.

"Please join us in supporting an organization that helps to promote acceptance, love and respect in our local community," Low said in an e-mail. Following the weekend incident, church members attempted to clean the sign, in addition to offering help to neighbors with yard work and other cleaning as a sign of support for neighborhood residents who expressed concern about the vandelism. According to Low, the sign would need to be replaced.

Campbell UCC is an open and affirming congregation, meaning that is has made a public stance of acceptance for those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Words of support and financial contributions can be mailed to Campbell UCC, 400 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA 95008.

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Rev. J. Bennett Guess
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700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3801
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