St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Yakima, Wash. photographed Sunday, September 13, 2015 (MASON TRINCA/Yakima Herald-Republic file)

The location of weekly services for the Rainbow Cathedral has been changed to St. Michael’s Episcopal Mission at 5 N. Naches Ave., the Rev. Bill Poores said.

Poores said those who come for worship services at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday will see other, progressive developments if they haven’t attended in a while and are ready to get back.

“We are changing from a church — which we feel denotes walls and exclusions — to a community with a radical welcome for people of all faith expressions, all walks of life, all sexual orientations and all worship expressions,” Poores said.

The previous location was inside the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Decisions for how the Rainbow Cathedral could attract more people while reaffirming the tenets on which it was founded in 1994 by Jane Newall are the result of extensive dialogue among Poores, long-standing members and others. They discussed why attendance fluctuates and what can be done to preserve unity and strength.

“We welcome and celebrate those who have no faith expressions,” Poores said. “We wish to become a community that embraces and encourages all people regardless of our differences. We believe that we are strong because of our universalities.”

Poores took over as pastor when he came to Yakima in 2011.

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