Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post
A Texas megachurch said it is “deeply saddened” by allegations from a former volunteer who said she was dismissed because she is a Jewish lesbian.
Calvary Houston garnered headlines after a woman named Carmen Hix claimed the church refused to let her volunteer with their Hurricane Harvey relief efforts due to her religious beliefs and sexual orientation.
In a statement posted to its Facebook page on Monday, Calvary Houston argued that it does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or belief.
“For the last twenty-six years, the heart of Calvary Houston has been to reach out and share the love of Christ to all people, regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, etc,” stated Calvary Houston.
Calvary Houston went on to note that it had “personally met with this individual to try and clear up any misconceptions,” even inviting the volunteer and her partner to church “so that she could see the love of Christ and the love of our church.”
“We’ve prepared and served over 100,000 meals in the last two weeks since the flooding, cleaned out many hundreds of homes, and provided food and supplies through our food pantry to those who have suffered devastating loss,” the church noted.
“In order to do to a work of this magnitude, the Lord has blessed us with well over 700 volunteers. We are so grateful for these volunteers who have selflessly given of the their time to care for the needs of others.”