40th Church Anniversary

Dear Friends:

Sunshine Cathedral has a rich history. In 39 years there have only been 6 pastors, and only three in 35 of those 39 years. I’m beginning my 6th year as part of the Cathedral family, and my 5th year as its Senior Pastor. Sunshine Cathedral pastors have staying power, and I’m proud to be included in that honorable tradition.

Sunshine Cathedral has also been a part of the Metropolitan Community Churches movement for 39 of the 43 years MCC has been in existence. So, from the early days of MCC, Sunshine Cathedral has been part of the liberation, justice-seeking, progressive movement that is MCC.

Sunshine Cathedral has survived the Anita Bryant days when fundamentalism rose up so vehemently in opposition to same-gender loving people.

Sunshine Cathedral has survived the worst of the AIDS crisis when there were no effective treatments and very few long term survivors.

And today, Sunshine Cathedral continues to stand in support of marriage equality, religious pluralism, human rights, and the Sunshine Cathedral faith community continues to affirm the sacred value of all people.

We will be spending the entire year between our 39th and 40th anniversaries celebrating all that we are, have been, and intend to be as the Sunshine Cathedral. It promises to be a year of joy, enthusiasm, growth, and achievement. I invite you to be part of it every step of the way.

Sunshine Cathedral is becoming more and more a community that expresses gratitude and generosity, that practices and shares a progressive, positive, and practical spirituality, that includes more people and more kinds of people, that is reaching out to share our healing, hope filled message with our local community and the world beyond it, and that is learning and growing in the areas of stewardship, discipleship, and spiritual fulfillment. Ours is an increasingly engaged, committed, and dynamic congregation dedicated to making a difference in the world.

Sunshine Cathedral is an amazing spiritual home with an impressive history and a glorious future. We honor both by being our best right here and right now. Let the celebrations begin!

On the wings of the spirit that makes us one,

Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins
Senior Pastor


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