Church Leader Statement on Passing of Barbara Bush

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Rev. Rachelle Brown, interim moderator of the global fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, this evening issued the following statement on the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush:

“Barbara Bush will remain among the greatest First Ladies in American history,” Brown said. “The wife of one president and mother of another, she never allowed the politics of her family to dictate the words of her heart or her conscience. In a time not at all long ago when the concerns of ethnic and racial minorities and LGBT citizens were heavily marginalized, Mrs. Bush was a voice of compassion and reason. In little ways politically and in influential ways as a wife and mother, she quietly laid the groundwork for things that came later – improvements in the quality of life for all Americans and, indeed, for people around the world.

“We offer our prayers and sincere condolences to the Bush family and to all who knew and loved Mrs. Bush,” Brown said. “Although in humility she probably would have rejected the label, she was a pioneer, a feminist, and a quiet voice in the effort for equality around the world.”