MCC leader to join inaugural Interfaith Prayer Service

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The inaugural Interfaith Prayer Service at the National Cathedral to be held Jan. 22 will include the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, moderator and international leader of the Metropolitan Community Churches. The denomination was founded 45 years ago as a church welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

GLAAD said Wilson was installed at the National Cathedral as MCC's global moderator in 2005, during a service hosted by the cathedral.  This month, the cathedral announced it will begin performing marriages for same-gender couples.

Wilson said, "It is profoundly meaningful to read the Bible during President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden's second inaugural interfaith service.  As I read, I will remember the hands laid on me seven years ago in this very cathedral by faith leaders who called me to serve all of God's beautifully diverse children, including LGBT people. President Obama prayerfully and respectfully stood up for LGBT equality during his campaign, and I am proud to stand with him."

The prayer services dates back to President George Washington. 

Attendance at the service is by invitation only.

The service will be webcast live at www.nationalcathedral.org.