I was appreciative of growing up in a United Church of Christ, as it is one of the most progressive denominations of Christianity. When I graduated college and settled in Hartford, I was specifically looking for an Open and Affirming congregation, one that has consciously made the decision to accept LGBTQ+ people fully into church life. Asylum Hill Congregational Church (AHCC) caught my attention with its rainbow doors outside, and I was excited that it was located right in the city. Within my first few interactions, I met some of my current best friends. Over the past couple of years, AHCC has set my bar higher and higher for what a church can be and do. As a trainee and member of our Racial Justice Activation Team, I am excited to see how AHCC continues its journey to become more just and truly welcoming of all.