Solace in Vallejo

Solace in Vallejo

Preacher's Gay Son Finds Solace in Vallejo Church

By Lanz Christian Bañes, Times-Herald staff writer

Before the Rev. Bayani Rico could take the reins of Ascension Episcopal Church in Vallejo, he asked his interviewers a simple question.

"Where do you stand on the LGBT issue?" Rico said of the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people's roles in American churches.

For Rico, the question wasn't one of abstract theology or church doctrine -- it was personal.

"I don't want to pastor a church where my son will not be welcome," Rico recalled telling the search committee for the 144-year-old congregation.

It turns out that neither Rico nor his son Andrew had anything to fear.

"It's a safe haven," said Andrew Rico, 27, of the church his father has headed since 2007.

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1. Mark B. A. Cappetta wrote:
This story is very encouraging indeed! I have been openly Gay since birth in 1955 and a very proud Anglo-Catholic too. I hope and pray that your's and Andrew's story get told far and wide. My spouse Gerry and I (23 years!) wish that ALL Episcopal parishes and missions were as welcoming and affirming as your parish! God Bless you all!

Tue, March 12, 2013 @ 1:10 PM

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