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Welcome

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey,
you’re welcome here.

Photo pf women holding handsWe are a spiritual community for all of God’s people.

Photo of girl reading a bibleNo matter what your faith background you are welcome.

Photo of people at PrideWe believe that this diversity is one of our strengths.

Photo of people with hands raisedStrengthen your faith and meet others who are on a similar faith journey.

When you visit, drop by the CONNECT Center for a friendly conversation and to receive a welcome gift. We will be happy to answer any questions about our church and give you the information you need to learn about Cathedral of Hope at your own pace.

We have a variety of services, each one with its own character and format.


  • Sunday morning services

    Starting at 9:00am and 11:00am are more traditional.  They are filled with wonderful music and follow a more traditional format.  These popular services feature more pageantry and structure than other services yet carry the same progressive message.

  • The Chapel service

    Starting at 10:00am Sunday is much less formal.  Contemporary music and a more relaxed atmosphere characterize these more intimate services held in the Interfaith Peace Chapel across the entrance plaza from the main sanctuary.

  • Wednesday evening Pulse services

    Starting at 7:15pm are filled with contemporary music and energy.  They are held in the main sanctuary and are a great mid-week way to become familiar with our church.

  • Servicio de Domingo en Español

    A la 1:00pm, nuestra congregación de habla española, Catedral de la Esperanza.

  • Christmas At Cathedral of Hope

    Christmas Eve Services:
    7:00pm (Bilingual)
    9:00pm
    11:00pm

    Christmas Day:
    10:00am

What to Expect

  • Wear whatever makes you comfortable. There is no dress code. You’ll see some people in dresses and suits and others in jeans and shorts.

  • Our Children & Families Ministry (birth – 5th grade) offers some of the most exciting and imaginative children’s programming around. Your children will insist on a return visit.

  • At 9:00 am and 11:00 am on Sundays we have a traditional style service, featuring our choir and orchestra. They are held in our main sanctuary.

    At 10:00 am on Sunday we have The Chapel, an intimate, contemporary style service in the Interfaith Peace Chapel across from the main building.

    At 1:00 pm we hold services in Spanish in our main sanctuary.

    At 7:00 pm on Wednesdays we have Pulse, our contemporary service featuring a lively music program and a relaxed atmosphere in the main sanctuary.

  • Yes!  We welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds.  We believe that Jesus came to include people not exclude.  

  • Cathedral of Hope is located about a mile Northeast of Interstate 35 and Inwood Road at 5910 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas, Texas, near Love Field Airport.  Look for the entrance monument on Cedar Springs Rd. near the Resource Center of Dallas.

Our Pastors

What We Believe

The Mission of the Cathedral of Hope is to reclaim Christianity as a faith of extravagant grace, radical inclusion and relentless compassion.
Our beliefs are based upon our Core Values. The Core Values of Cathedral of Hope are Compassion, Inclusion, Liberation, Hope and Faith in Jesus.

Compassion

We are a people of Compassion. We live out the tangible love of a savior who fed the hungry, healed the hurting, and told us bluntly that what we did to the least we did to him.

Inclusion

We are a people of Inclusion. We believe Jesus came to include, not to exclude. Jesus made it clear that all are welcome around God’s table.

Liberation

We are a people of Liberation. We challenge all oppression, especially the oppression of queer people. By embodying grace, we live out our liberation until all are set free.

Hope

We are a people of Hope. We are people filled with joy and unrelenting optimism because we believe God is good. With God, all things are possible. God can use us to transform the world.

Jesus

We are a people of Jesus. We believe Jesus was the incarnation of God’s grace. Jesus was the ultimate liberal, who resisted the status quo of oppression and showed us the way to the abundant life God intends for all people.

Our History

1970

Picture of first MCC location in Dallas
On July 30, 1970, a group of twelve people gather at 4612 Victor Street in Dallas to discuss establishing a Metropolitan Community Church. In May 1971, Rev. Richard Vincent is elected the first pastor of MCC-Dallas.

1972

Picture of Ross Avenue location of Dallas MCCMCC-Dallas moves into its first church home, located at 3834 Ross Avenue, on December 17, 1972. The building was built as a private hospital in the 1920s. In 1974, Rev. James Harris is elected as the church’s 2nd Senior Pastor.

1976

Picture of MCC Church at Brown and Reagan Streets.On October 4, 1976, MCC-Dallas purchases building at 2701 Reagan, which once housed a congregation of the Church of Christ. In November 1977, Rev. Don Eastman is elected as the church’s third Senior Pastor. The membership grows to almost 400.

1990

Picture of MCC Dallas location on Maple Avenue.The Rev. Michael Piazza is elected Senior Pastor in November 1987. Membership grows to 600. In late 1990, MCC-Dallas becomes the Cathedral of Hope to reflect a new and broader mission to reach lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in small towns everywhere with a message of hope. The church begins its quest to build a larger church to accommodate a growing congregation.

1992

Picture of Cathedral of Hope building in 1992The Cathedral of Hope conducts its first worship service in its current home in December 1992. The Christmas Eve service is broadcast around the world on CNN. The congregation approaches 1,000 members. During 1993, the Cathedral grows by a record 300 members.

1995

Picture of architect Phillip JohnsonIn July 1995, the Cathedral of Hope commissions renowned architect Philip Johnson to design a new cathedral campus. By 1998 the membership grows to more than 2,300 and the Cathedral serves a rapidly-growing congregation of more than 3,000. In 1999, CoH-TV begins hosting live Internet worship services via the Cathedral’s webpage.

2000

Picture of the bell wall at Cathedral of HopeIn the year 2000, the Cathedral of Hope begins a “Century of Compassion,” by donating more than one million dollars in direct assistance and volunteer community support annually. On July 30, 2000 the John Thomas Bell Wall, a national AIDS memorial, is dedicated. Nearly 100 people attend the inaugural worship service at Cathedral of Hope-Oklahoma City on August 6, 2000.

2002

Picture of the Congregational Life CenterOn Sunday evening July 28, 2002, the newly-completed 22,000 square-foot Congregational Life Center is dedicated. The building features new classrooms for children and youth, space for Christian Education classes and other meetings, and expanded office space for Cathedral staff. The close of 2002 sees a local and national membership of nearly 4,000. On July 27, 2003 the members of the Cathedral of Hope vote to become an independent congregation by disaffiliating from the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches.

2005

Picture of the Interfaith Peace ChapelOn February 6, 2005 Rev. Dr. Jo Hudson is elected Senior Pastor. The Cathedral of Hope celebrates 35 years of ministry, service and activism by beginning a capital campaign to build the next phase of Philip Johnson’s campus design—an Interfaith Peace Chapel—and by giving birth to a new non-profit organization,Hope for Peace & Justice. Rev. Michael Piazza becomes Dean of the Cathedral and President of Hope for Peace & Justice. On October 30, the congregation votes to seek affiliation with the United Church of Christ.

2006

UCC LogoThe Cathedral of Hope, known as the “world’s largest gay church,” is accepted into the United Church of Christ (UCC). In a vote taken on October 28, 2006 by the denomination’s North Texas Association, the church was overwhelmingly accepted as a member, becoming the fourth-largest church in the denomination.

2015

Picture of Dr. Neil G. Thomas On April 12, 2015, Rev. Dr. Neil G. Thomas was elected Senior Pastor. He began serving on June 3. 

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