When representatives of the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living first decided to purchase church management software, they didn’t anticipate many problems. The software helps manage records, membership and other tasks; and there are many developers with different products.
The SLCSL is not a traditional organization and is inclusive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, said Myna Hirst, a church spokesperson. The church is one of three major metaphysical organizations in the nation and has hundreds of congregations around the world, she said.
The first software program the SLCSL tried to purchase was from a company called Elexio, Hirst said.
“They sent us an email and said they’d looked at our website and found we violated company policy to not work with organizations that are more inclusive,” she said. “There was a whole laundry list of things they opposed; abortion, pornography for example, and homosexuality was one of them.”
The unexpected surprise of being denied the software was compounded when a second company, Church Teams, said it would not vend software to churches that were not sufficiently Christian for the company owners, Hirst said.
“We finally found a company that would sell to us, called Fellowship One. But it was a little surprising to face so many problems,” she said. “We’ve never had a problem like that before.”
The SLCSL is a queer-inclusive environment and is even headed by an openly gay minister who is in a relationship with another man. The church is planning a series of Christmas-themed gatherings, including Blue Christmas for those who have lost a loved one this year and a candlelight vigil.
Meetings are normally held every Sunday, 9 and 11 a.m., 1111 E. Brickyard Rd., Ste. 202. For more information, go to spirituallyfree.org.
Representatives from Elexio and Church Teams did not return requests for comments.