Reverend Oliver White will not be able to keep his church opened but thinks to open another one.
This Reverend, who faced up financial problems since he publicly supported marriage equality (see our article: A Reverend Could Lose His Church Following His Support For Gay Marriage) and the Grace Community United Church of Christ will not be able to mop up a high-interest loan and legal fees of $200.000. According to The StarTribune, after days of tense negotiating last week between the church and the investor holding the loan, Grace leadership decided it did not want to keep paying to stay in the beige stucco building on the East Side of St. Paul, Minnesota.
However, White says he hopes to buy a new church with the money, approximately $55.000, he received from dozens of churches, groups and individuals nationwide.
"I'm overwhelmed with a lot of belief in the power of humankind," he said. "It's been an amazing display of human kindness. There will be sadness [when the congregation leaves]. But it's still a building. We are the church. We don't have to be in that building to be Grace Community Church."