A vote was held July 27 in which 88% of over 1,100 congregation members attending voted to split with UFMCC. The vote was announced July 13, just two days before the investigation was scheduled to end.
According to a UFMCC official, the denomination's core mission continues to be bringing gays and lesbians an "affirming Christian spirituality." The cathedral's members, however, want to shed that gay connection in an effort to become a mainstream Christian church that welcomes everyone, gay and straight, they say.
The split means that the West Hollywood, Calif.-based UFMCC will lose close to 9% of its 46,000 members and at least $113,000, or 7%, of its annual operating budget.
The announcement to have the congregants vote put a sudden end to the UFMCC's investigation into Piazza's financial dealings.
Now that the investigation is behind them and their ties with the gay-focused UFMCC are severed, many members of the Cathedral of Hope are looking forward to their new mission.
The vote ended a UFMCC
investigation into the alleged financial misdoings of Michael Piazza, the Cathedral of Hope dean who relinquished his credentials with the UFMCC
in July and threatened to resign from the congregation if conflicts within the children are not lessened in the next few months.
The press release implied that the march had already been set by HRC, UFMCC
, and Tyler, who was named executive producer.