Best Godly Presence Orange County 2013 - Dr. Paul Tellstrom
Our community is known around the world for its skyscraper-hairdo televangelists whose sermons often seem penned by hatemongers, bigots and Republican Party activists looking for the next election's winning wedge issue. Thankfully, we also have the likes of Dr. Paul Tellstrom at the Irvine United Congregational Church. He preaches, as did Jesus, on equality, inclusion and compassion based on Biblical scripture. "Diversity is rooted in and contributes to unity, and each member needs every other member, whether strong or weak, male or female, straight or gay, black or white or homeless, transgender or questioning," he preached earlier this year. "Whenever we include people who are on the margins of our community, it strengthens the moral fabric of our community as a whole." With that noble spirit, the church's motto is "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here." Amen.