Kunkel expected some members of her church to attend the discussion.

She said she hasn't heard one way or another from her congregation about they feel regarding the document and discussion.

"We continue to live together in the world as a denomination and as people who have different ideas about this," Kunkel said. "We're a Christian community. This is what we should be doing."

Carl Purvenas-Smith, 63, an auxiliary bishop with the CACINA, commended St. Charles of Brazil for offering the night of discussion.


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St. Charles of Brazil, a former Roman Catholic bishop also known as Carlos Duarte Costa, fought for the rights of the poor and indigenous people in Brazil after the Great Depression.

"I thought it was extremely good because 'Our House' raises the issues," said Purvenas-Smith, noting this is the first parish of the three he works with to hold such an event. "But then again I'm not surprised. (That parish) looks for ways to be innovative and provide a safe atmosphere to talk things through."

Purvenas-Smith left the Roman Catholic church in 1969 because the teachings made him feel, as a gay man, to be "intrinsically disordered."

"I started looking for a way to be authentically spiritual and gay," Purvenas-Smith said.

Though he said he was "too angry with all religion" after he left the Roman Catholic Church, he found himself drawn to CACINA for its openness and nonjudgmental atmosphere about 27 years later.

He said he expects the same type of atmosphere Thursday night.

"I'm impressed with the way they're going about this," he said. "Certainly as a gay person, I feel very much affirmed and welcomed, worshiping with them and socializing with them and everything else."

For information about the event, email gbcacina@gmail.com.