On Sunday February 23rd , we will hold a special service celebrating our Eighteenth year! In acknowledgement of heart month and in honor of our founder Rev. Dr. Shane G. Hibbs who passed away of a heart attack, everyone attending service is asked to wear red.
Long Island Community Fellowship, Eighteen Years and Going Strong!
In 2002, Rev. Dr. G. Shane Hibbs came to Long Island with a dream. He envisioned a church on Long Island that would embrace everyone-Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, as well as the Straight Allies of the Community. In February of that year, a small group of people, with Pastor Shane as their spiritual guide, had the first service of Long Island Community Fellowship in a tiny office space. There were only twelve members at that service and Reverend Shane joked that they were the 12 disciples.
When we lost Pastor Shane on August 25th, 2010, it was devastating but his words ring on: “When it comes to a difficult situation, we all have a choice to make: Be a victim, or be a victor!” Our church has faced many difficult situations, and will face many more challenges, but we know that our congregation has Pastor Shane’s spirit and determination in us to be victors!
Our current Pastor, Reverend Gale Jones recognizes the interconnectedness of society’s injustices and a need for involvement through a spiritual approach in righting social ills. Reverend Jones is a spiritual teacher, program developer, advocate and activist for human rights concerns with 29 faithful years working with populations that are traditionally marginalized and severely underserved (i.e. Women; the LGBT community; HIV/AIDS populations; and disconnected / disenfranchised youth).
Under Pastor Gale Jones leadership, we continue to grow and spread our message of Faith, Hope and Love. From the initial handful of worshipers, Long Island Community Fellowship now has more and more people attending services each week.
Juli Grey-Owens has been a Long Island and New York State transgender community advocate for over fifteen years. She is the Executive Director of LITAC, the Long Island Transgender Advocacy Coalition, whose mission is to advocate for the transgender, non-binary, and intersex communities. Grey-Owens regularly speaks at public forums about the need for statewide transgender […]