WATCH: Ross Murray's #SouthernStories sermon in Jackson, MS

GLAAD joined St. Alexis Episcopal Church on Sunday morning as a part of the GLAAD Southern Stories Summer Tour. In addition to bringing a greeting to the congregation, GLAAD's Director of Programs, Ross Murray, delivered the sermon to the congregation.

The sermon followed the scripture text from Mark 4:26-34, focusing on two stories Jesus told about seeds being planted and growing into strong. Murray spoke about how faith is not something we can force or control, but rather something that God nurtures and grows within us. In the same way, acceptance of those who are 'other', including LGBT people.

Watch the sermon below:

GLAAD also posted images from this welcoming congregation designed for people who have felt alienated from church, including LGBT people. Check out our social media posts from the morning.


@glaad is at church this morning for #southernstories. I'm preaching the gospel.

A photo posted by Ross Murray (@inlayterms) on

The Concert for Love and Acceptance kicked off GLAAD's six-state Southern Stories bus touras we hit the road and travel across the Deep South sharing stories of LGBT Southerners, allies, and advocates. Get your tickets for the Concert for Love and Acceptance and find out more about GLAAD's Southern Stories Summer Tour and get the schedule at

GLAAD's Southern Stories Summer Tour are produced with support from Major Partner, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and Official Partner, Honey Maid. Follow @glaad on Twitter to keep up to date on all the latest Concert for Love and Acceptance and Southern Stories Summer Tour news!