Public Coffee Co., 182 Hyde Park Ave. in Jamaica Plain, affiliated with a Wesleyan start-up church, held its official grand opening this morning - with several people standing outside protesting Wesleyan positions on LGBTQ people and abortion.
The coffee shop is owned by Amanda Oicle, the leader of the Public Church, which says it plans to make the small coffeehouse the hub for community life at Public Church.
The Wesleyan Church says it opposes "gender noncomformity" as part of a "state of depravity" and "a violation of the sanctity of human life," although it does allow that transgender people should be allowed to have food, clothing and shelter - except they should be barred from public institutions so as not to offend good Christians. The church is currently rewriting its official position paper on homosexuality, but says the new position will still continue to hold that "sexual relationships between persons of the same sex are immoral and sinful." The church opposes abortion and says that while violence at abortion clinics is wrong, sit-ins inside them are OK.
As four protesters held signs outside, a friend of Oicle's came out to talk to a reporter and photographer. She said that the coffeehouse is not affiliated with the church, that it's unfair to protest a locally owned small business because of the owner's religion.
The coffeehouse's incorporation documents, filed with the Secretary of State's office, list Public Church Boston as its "registered agent."