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Bishop Abrams was a prominent pastor in Detroit for over 12 years. She had served in many clergy organizations and taught ministers at the seminary. Bishop Abrams resigned from her pastorate in Detroit, MI in October 2013 due to her disclosing to the church that she was in a same gender marriage. Her church was split over her remaining the pastor after her honesty about her marriage.

Bishop Abrams understood the importance of marriage equality and travelled to Iowa to wed her best friend earlier in the year (March 2013). Bishop Abrams received much discrimination in her community after disclosing her sexual orientation and was not welcomed in many clergy/denominational organizations.

Bishop Abrams experienced an attempt by many in the Christian community to disgrace her via many websites, blogs, papers, sermons, and Bible studies with anti-gay messages and homophobic rhetoric. Bishop Abrams experienced threats by right wing evangelicals and conservatives and thus left Michigan to march on with the "call" that God placed upon her life after 15 years of ministry in Michigan.


Hope is the only thing that has kept Bishop Abrams going. She has pressed towards the mark of the higher calling and found it by opening Empowerment Liberation Cathedral 2 years ago. 

Bishop Allyson Nelson Abrams is raising money to continue the vision that God has given her to preach, teach, pastor, and encourage ALL people. Bishop Abrams was led to open this welcoming, affirming, radically inclusive church for ALL people. Empowerment Liberation Cathedral is an MCC and AWAB Church.

Bishop Abrams needs your help with making sure Empowerment Liberation Cathedral, an MCC and AWAB Church, offers a safe space to all of God's people. Bishop Abrams wants everyone to know and feel the love of God. She wants everyone to be able to worship freely, authentically, and understand that we have all been created in God's image.

This transformative church reaches over 500 people per month, nationally and internationally via church worship services, social justice/equality movement events, social media, conference call Bible studies, community clothing/feeding programs for LGBT homeless youth and adults, and television ministry. 

Empowerment Liberation Cathedral meets at 633 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910 (Church of the Ascenscion sanctuary). ELC, an MCC  and AWAB Church, meets each Sunday at 1:00pm. Services on Sundays are approximately 1 hour. We stream live at 1:25pm on

Thank you for your contributions of $19,029 to date. We additionally need to raise $25,000 to meet the demanding needs of our social justice equality ministry between MAY 2016 and MAY 2017.   All donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE through our MCC 501c3 status.

Give today. We can't do this alone. We need your help to create a space for all people. Know that every amount counts towards our goal. 

Thank you for your contribution and may God continue to bless you. Remember, your donation is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE because we are a 501c3 organization as an MCC Church.

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Our dynamic pastor and bishop is Bishop Allyson Nelson Abrams, Ph.D.

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