The Mid-Missouri Pride Fest's interfaith worship service opened with an acoustic rendition of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way." The congregation — comprised of about 70 people of all ages, faiths and sexual orientations — crowded into the top floor of the Deja Vu Comedy Club on Sunday afternoon. By the second verse, most were clapping and singing along.
Leaders from more than six different faiths — including Buddhism, Judaism and at least four denominations of Christianity — took turns offering their support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at the third annual service. Most of the faith leaders were dressed in jeans and white T-shirts that read "we are all wonderfully made" on the back. Each leader delivered a short message of acceptance and affirmation to the congregation.
Many of the leaders were openly gay themselves. Everyone is "welcome here and everywhere we worship," the Rev. Steven Swope of the Columbia United Church of Christ said.