Open Door Ministries is a religious group committed to non-judgmental support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals as they seek to integrate the sexual, relational and spiritual components of their lives within their faith. Open Door offers consultation and support to those in the coming out process and assists families and loved ones of gay individuals as they struggle with their own questions, concerns and needs.
Additionally, Open Door Ministries provides pastoral care and support to people with HIV/AIDS, their families and friends, as they deal with questions, decisions and personal needs. This support may be in the form of individual counseling sessions, hospital visits, classes, or works shops. Open Door also works with other health related issues that individuals might face.
On Sunday, May 4, at 9:30 a.m. Edmonds Lutheran Church will present “The Scriptures and Homosexuality,” in an effort to unite the community. Another class will be offered June 22 at 9:30 a.m. titled, “Stories and Stereotypes.” All are welcome to attend.
The adult forum series will be presented by Pastor Rick Pribbernow.
After completing college, Pribbernow had planned to become a teacher, graduating with a BA in Art/English and a minor in psychology. But, following a two-year mission, Rick felt called to go into the ministry. He graduated from seminary with a Masters in Education and Counseling CPE. He served for 21 years as a congregational minister, and after his divorce and coming out, relocated back to the northwest and applied for the position of Open Door Ministries where he has served for the last 18 years.
The organization’s website reads: “We serve the Gay community. We assist those of all sexual orientations, gender identities, or expressions, seeking spiritual support from the multi-faith community, locate caring and open congregations where all are welcome. We focus on helping individuals to be open and honest in dealing with health, orientation, and identity issues by providing valuable resources, referrals, and ongoing formal support within the community for individuals with HIV/AIDS and their families and friends. We strive to promote education in a variety of areas for faith communities to be welcoming and open to sexual minorities and all gender identities, their families and friends. We provide counseling to individuals regardless of their faith and referrals to services and community agencies. We support youth through programs that offer advocacy and training that promotes understanding, respect, and safety for all young people.”
A full listing of upcoming events at Open Door Ministries is located here.