Minneapolis church breaks rainbow bread

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Courtney Perry
Rainbow communion bread, tastes a little sweet

To celebrate the passage of the marriage equality bill, Revolution Church pastor Jay Bakker served rainbow bread to congregants gathered at Bryant-Lake Bowl. Photojournalist Courtney Perry had baked the colorful loaf for the occasion. Perry had previously baked the festive bread and prepared it for her own symbolic wedding several years ago.

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Perry wed Tony Jones in a private ceremony in July 2011. "We didn't want to get legally married when our friends couldn't," Perry explained. The couple struggled with the same legal paperwork headaches that same-sex couples had to mount before the marriage bill passed.

On May 9 this year, Perry came up with the idea to serve the colorful bread again. She found the recipe for the bread on Stephanie Wise's Girl Versus Dough blog. Perry was at the Capitol for the historic signing, though amid the jubilation, she noticed the opposition's signs.

Bakker is the son of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker and Minnesota native Tammy Faye Bakker Messner. His parish at Revolution Church is admittedly liberal, meeting at Bryant-Lake Bowl locally and Pete's Candy Store, a bar in Brooklyn, NYC. The church preaches messages of hope and inclusion. 


Since the Sunday service, the story of the rainbow bread has gone viral, being picked up by the Advocate, Huffington Post, and others.

Bakker said he didn't expect the communion bread would resonate with so many people. He told the New York Daily News that the bread tasted "kind of sweet." Bakker also speculated to that the bread will likely be used for upcoming church services.


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