Affirming Denominations

The following is our “unofficial” list of Christian denominations and denominational welcoming church programs around the world. You can find additional resources on Wikipedia at LGBT-affirming Christian Denominations and Christian Denominational Positions on Homosexuality.

Affirming OrganizationDenomination/ TraditionOrganizational Statement
Evangelical Anglican Church in AmericaAnglicanThe Evangelical Anglican Church In America is a denomination created within the Anglican/Catholic tradition within the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and practices faithful stewardship of our sacramental heritage and traditions in the service of all God's people. Though not in full communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the titular head of the Anglican Communion, the EACA shares with the Communion similar expressions of polity, doctrine and worship, such as acceptance of the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion as its doctrinal foundation and the use of the Book of Common Prayer as its liturgical standard.
Integrity in CanadaAnglicanIntegrity Canada is a national network of organizations and friends working toward the full inclusion of gay and lesbian people in the life of the Anglican Church of Canada. We are part of the international lesbian and gay Christian movement, encouraging churches around the world to promote the basic human rights of gay and lesbian people and to support their active participation in the life of the Church.
Changing AttitudeAnglicanWorking for Gay (GLBT) affirmation within the Anglican communion with a special emphasis on the Anglican churches based in the United Kingdom.
Proud Anglicans of CanadaAnglicanProud Anglicans works to unite, support and affirm gay and lesbian welcoming churches throughout Canada. Their web site contains a comprehensive list of welcoming Anglican churches throughout Canada.
Alliance of BaptistsBaptistThe Alliance of Baptists is a movement of progressive Christians--individuals and congregations--seeking to respond to the continuing call of God in a rapidly changing world. The Alliance offers a clear voice for Christian freedom, distinctively Baptist and intentionally ecumenical in an interfaith world. From its inception in 1987, the Alliance has called Baptists to stand for those values which have distinguished the Baptist movement from its beginnings four centuries ago--the freedom and accountability of every individual in matters of faith; the freedom of each congregation under the authority of Jesus Christ to determine its own ministry and mission; and religious freedom for all in relationship to the state. Alliance members and churches mark our commitment to God and each other by the annual renewal of our uniquely Baptist founding covenant. GALIP Note: Alliance posts a commitment to "inclusiveness" on their web site but doesn't state what that specifically means to them.
Baptists Peace FellowshipBaptistThe Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America gathers, equips and mobilizes Baptists to build a culture of peace rooted in justice. We labor with a wonderful array of peacemakers to change the world. We are called by God to the Gospel of Peace. This calling is rooted in our faith in Jesus Christ, who is our Peace, in whom God is reconciling the world and through whom God calls us to the ministry of peacemaking. Peace is not only our goal, but our means. The foundation of peace is justice. The force of peace is love.
Association of Welcoming and Affirming BaptistsBaptistWe envision that the day may speedily come within Baptist Churches when no one shall feel excluded from God's love in Jesus Christ because of their sexual orientation. Members of the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists (AWAB) are churches, organizations, and individuals who are willing to go on record as welcoming and affirming all persons without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and who have joined together to advocate for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons within Baptist communities of faith.
United Ecumenical Catholic Church AustraliaCatholic"One Church - United in Christ." The United Ecumenical Catholic Church is a "new" church of Catholic tradition. We hold an ancient faith with a new vision. We seek to take the gospel and holy sacraments to all people and do not discriminate on any basis. We are a member church of The One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. While services and beliefs are very similar to the Roman Catholic Church, we are not part of the Roman Catholic Church and are not in Communion with Rome. Our church is a welcoming worship community and we do not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital or social status, race, economic ability, orientation or other baseless form of discrimination.
Christ Catholic ChurchCatholicChrist's Catholic Church, an ecumenical free catholic communion in the Old Catholic tradition, sees itself as only one expression of God's Truth among many such Christian expressions and it holds firm to the belief that the Church really is One. It knows no national boundaries, no ethnic allegiance, no historic founder except Jesus Christ, no imperial court, and no secular government. It seeks to be truly universal or catholic and ecumenical, serving all of God's children with love, welcoming all to His Sacraments, and inviting all people to His care and fellowship. It does so regardless of race, creed, sex, sexual orientation or preference, historic tradition, or state of grace, and at the same time holds fast to the Apostolic Faith.
American Catholic ChurchCatholicThe American Catholic Church in the United States affirms traditional Catholic beliefs of faith and love, spirituality, community and prayer. It celebrates the seven sacraments and adheres to the essential Catholic doctrine and practice as expressed and implied in the statements of Vatican Council II, and in the light of the best contemporary thought. The American Catholic Church in the United States proclaims the unconditional love and compassion of God, which embraces every human person regardless of their state or condition in life. We acknowledge the primacy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit to speak in our day through the "sensus fidelium" ("sense of the faithful") of the Catholic Church, leading to a world of justice and peace.
Catholic Apostolic Church in North AmericaCatholicCACINA is an independent of the Catholic Church; a member of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church established by Our Lord Jesus Christ to bring the Gospel to all people. CACINA's history began with the establishment of the Catholic Apostolic Church of Brazil in 1945 as a result of the civil and ecclesiastic persecutions in Brazil in the 1930's and 1940's. The Catholic Apostolic Church was brought to the United States shortly thereafter. CACINA is independent from the Roman Catholic church and considers itself neither Roman Catholic nor Protestant, but simply Catholic.
Dignity USACatholicDIGNITY is organized to unite gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, as well as our families, friends and loved ones in order to develop leadership, and be an instrument through which we may be heard by and promote reform in the Church. To be such an organization, we accept our responsibilities to the Church, to our Catholic heritage, to society, and to individual gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics. We work for the development of sexual theology leading to the reform of its teachings and practices regarding human sexuality, and for the acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender peoples as full and equal members of the one Christ.
Ecumenical Catholic CommunionCatholicWe are a gathering of Faith Communities from across America who have entered into a covenant relationship with one another as we seek to celebrate the love of Christ in all people. We are deeply committed to our Catholic identity and practice a distinctively Catholic Faith Tradition that is rooted in the ancient Church. We also believe that as Catholics we have the responsibility of honoring our Catholic Tradition while responding in love and wisdom to the needs and realities of the contemporary world.
Evangelical Catholic ChurchCatholicThe Evangelical Catholic Church is a validly independent consecrated and reformed Catholic Faith Community continuing the celebration of the Liturgical, Spiritual and Sacramental traditions of Catholicism in the spirit of unconditional welcoming and acceptance for all the People of God.
Independent Catholic Christian ChurchCatholicThe Independent Catholic Christian Church is an independent sacramental Christian jurisdiction that seeks to bring God and humanity into full communion, sharing the riches of the Christian tradition inclusively with all who seek God or a deeper knowledge of God
Liberal Catholic ChurchCatholicThe Liberal Catholic Apostolic Church is non-dogmatic in nature, traditional yet relevant for today, and is open to the insights of all faiths and philosophies. This openness means that the LCAC has a unique spiritual character and appeal, and that its mission reaches beyond conventional boundaries to embrace a genuine universality. We see our work as firmly grounded in the wish of Jesus Christ that His church strive to attain unity in the face of its differences, and thus conceive the LCAC as a primarily ecumenical mission church.
The National Catholic Church of AmericaCatholicThe National Catholic Church of America was established in order to bring together those who share this vision of being Church and who desire to preserve the richness of their Catholic spiritual heritage. One of a large number of independent Catholic jurisdictions, the NCCA is an apostolic ministry of those who are dedicated to this inclusive vision and who desire to bring the love of Christ and the healing power of sacramental grace and loving service to all.
Reformed Catholic ChurchCatholicWe are a community created to shepherd and become a home for all those without a spiritual home. We retain basic Catholic beliefs of love, faith, spirituality, prayer and sacramentality. Although a newly formed rite, we remain in, and honor, the traditions of the Orthodox Catholic churches and the old Catholic Church of Utrecht, Netherlands.
United Catholic ChurchCatholicAs a denomination, we are one of hundreds of independent Catholic churches in the United States. Our mission is to carry the gospel, the sacraments, and God's love and fellowship to the unchurched, the alienated, the isolated, and the excommunicated (the church's homeless). We welcome all Christians to our Communion rail, and serve all, but our primary outreach is to three groups: first, to the millions of former Roman Catholics who, for one reason or another, no longer go to Mass or receive Communion. In pursuit of this healing mission the United Catholic Church actively sponsors both congregations where people can grow in Christ, and missions/chaplaincies that reach out to the unchurched.
Orthodox-Catholic ChurchCatholicThe clergy of the Orthodox-Catholic Church of America (OCCA) are a diverse group of men and women who have responded to a calling into sacramental ministry in a myriad of settings which include parishes, hospitals, nursing homes, jails and prisons, spirituality centers, monasteries, social centers, home chapels, etc. Our common task is to live within the Great Orthodox Tradition in an American way, praying for one another and ministering the Holy Mysteries to people who find themselves hungry for God and have yet to be welcomed at the Holy Table.
Welcoming Roman Catholic ChurchesCatholicFrom Elaine: "Unfortunately I cannot list my sources for welcoming Roman Catholic churches. After doing some investigative work it appears that there is a major 'witch' hunt going on within the Catholic church to weed out 'welcoming' churches, priests and nuns. Rather than list my sources, many of which have now buried their welcoming lists deep within their web sites, I have instead elected to simply list the welcoming parishes in the directory and give no 'proof' as to where this information has come from. This gives 'plausible deniability' to the affected parishes if they should be attacked by the more conservative elements within their church. Being raised Catholic in the Jesuit tradition this saddens me to no end and I pray a day may come when hiding and protecting our brothers and sisters in the ministry is no longer necessary."
The Evangelical Network (TEN)CharismaticThe Evangelical Network (TEN) is a group of Bible believing Charismatic churches, ministries, Christian workers and individuals bound together by a common shared faith, united in purpose and witness and established as a positive resource and support for Christian gays and lesbians.
Anthem NetworkCharismaticThe Anthem Network is an Inter/Post Denominational Network of Clergy, Church Plants and Affiliated Congregations who uphold the three pillars of being Sacramental, Evangelical and Charismatic. The Anthem Network is unique among affirming & inclusive denominations/organizations/networks in that we are not just made up of the Clergy. Currently we are a small network so there is a great opportunity for growth; we also recognize that there is an opportunity for God to provide us with partners with a variety of gifts to see our vision realized.
International Christian Community ChurchesCharismaticA community of people united in proclaiming Jesus Christ as their Savior, to be an inclusive, affirming denomination. A denomination that stands firm behind its beliefs and vision, and that lives as witnesses to the Gospels it embraces ... we spring forth to be the International Christian Community Churches.
Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian and Gay ConcernsChurch of the BrethrenThe Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian and Gay Concerns was founded in 1976. Our objectives are: To provide support for Mennonite and Church of the Brethren gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual people, their friends and families; To foster dialogue between gay and non-gay people in churches; To provide accurate information about human sexuality from various theological, sociological, psychological, and biblical perspectives.
GALA: Gay and Lesbian AcceptanceCommunity of ChristGALA is an association of gay, lesbian, bisexual and straight persons, their families and friends who have a connection to the Community of Christ (formerly Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) faith community. GALA brings spiritual wholeness and seeks social justice for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender persons and allies. We claim the sacredness of each life story as a community united in hope.
Welcoming Community NetworkCommunity of ChristWelcoming Community Network (WCN) is an international grassroots organization that exists to enable full participation of persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life and ministry of Community of Christ both in policy and practice. WCN offers to the church the untapped creativity and energy of diverse people who have been marginalized, disenfranchised, or even rejected. As we share in a prophetic church, we join with our brothers and sisters to move toward full participation of everyone in the Body of Christ.
GLAD AllianceDisciples of ChristThe Gay, Lesbian, and Affirming Disciples Alliance is an organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and affirming members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). We are a prophetic voice calling for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Church. We nurture and support one another. We provide educational resources to the Church on issues important to LGBT Christians. We gather annually for fellowship, worship, nurture, support, and education at the General Assembly of the Christian Church and in other locations during years when the Assembly does not meet. We also gather in regional chapters.
Episcopal ChurchEpiscopalIn 2003, the first openly gay bishop was consecrated; in 2009, General Convention resolved that God’s call is open to all; and in 2012, a provisional rite of blessing for same-gender relationships was authorized, and discrimination against transgender persons in the ordination process was officially prohibited.
IntegrityEpiscopalA witness of God's inclusive love to the Episcopal Church and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Integrity USA's mission is to inspire and equip the Episcopal Church, its dioceses, congregations, and members to proclaim and embody God’s all-inclusive love for LGBTQ persons and those who love them. Integrity's vision of its success is that The Episcopal Church thrives as a beacon of love, justice, and compassion, where ALL PEOPLE are equally embraced and empowered.
Independent Greek Orthodox Church of the United StatesGreek OrthodoxOur primary purpose is to serve Christ our Lord through our fellow human beings by recognizing, affirming, and supporting the Truth in the mind of every person and the Love in the heart of every person. Our ministry is to those who hunger and thirst for Truth in this time of social fragmentation, ecclesiastical disunity, and spiritual delusion. Our community objectives include maintaining a place of prayer and spiritual asylum where the full liturgical life of the Orthodox way is observed; to present the ancient mystical and ascetic Orthodox way as a viable spiritual path for contemporary women and men; and to maintain a spiritual community characterized by inclusiveness and committed to human service and spiritual growth while functioning in the secular world.
Lutherans Concerned/North AmericaLutheran (ELCA)We believe that God values and embraces each person as a beloved child, that the Spirit gives a diversity of gifts for the common good, and that Jesus Christ calls us to work for justice. The ministries of Lutherans Concerned/North America (LC/NA) embody, inspire, and support the acceptance and full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, their families, friends and allies, within the Lutheran communion and its ecumenical and global partners.
Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian and Gay ConcernsMennonite ChurchThe Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian and Gay Concerns was founded in 1976. Our objectives are: To provide support for Mennonite and Church of the Brethren gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual people, their friends and families; To foster dialogue between gay and non-gay people in churches; To provide accurate information about human sexuality from various theological, sociological, psychological, and biblical perspectives.
Metropolitan Community ChurchesMetropolitan Community ChurchThe Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) is a Christian Church founded in and reaching beyond the Gay and Lesbian communities. We embody and proclaim Christian salvation and liberation, Christian inclusivity and community, and Christian social action and justice. We serve among those seeking and celebrating the integration of their spirituality and sexuality.
Global Alliance of Apostolic PentecostalsPentecostalGlobal Alliance of Apostolic Pentecostals goal is to build a safety net for gay Christians coming out of abusive conservative churches and see the wounds of spiritual violence healed. We particularly want to be a refuge for gay Pentecostal ministers who are searching for restoration to a healthy, affirming ministry.
Affirming Pentecostal InternationalPentecostalThe Affirming Pentecostal Church International (APCI) is an organization of Apostolic Pentecostal ministers, churches,and ministries who are all LGBTS affirming and Pentecostal. APCI emphasize thatthey are Apostolic in doctrine, Pentecostal in worship style, but Christian in spirit- fellowshipping with all God's children- not just the Pentecostal ones. Although started in December of 2010 it is now the largestLGBTS affirming Pentecostal denomination in the world.
Reconciling Pentecostals InternationalPentecostalThe "Fellowship of Reconciling Pentecostals International" is a network of Pentecostal ministers, churches, and ministries which seeks by means of the full gospel of Jesus Christ to reconcile all repentant people to God without regard to race, gender, political persuasion, economic or educational status, sexual orientation, nationality, religious affiliation, or any other thing that divides. RPI provides wounded Apostolics an affirming home among those of "like precious faith", and a safety net for those in personal, family, or religious crisis. We stand together in love, and for the glory of Jesus' Name, to promote apostolic truth, Pentecostal worship, righteousness, counseling, education, evangelism, ministerial accountability, and fellowship.
Covenant Network of PresbyteriansPresbyterian (PCUSA)The Covenant Network of Presbyterians is a broad-based, national group of clergy and lay leaders working for a church that is simultaneously faithful, just, and whole. We seek to support the mission and unity of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in a time of potentially divisive controversy. We intend to articulate and act on the church's historic, progressive vision and to work for a fully inclusive church. We are committed to finding a way both to live out the graciously hospitable gospel we have received and to live together with all our fellow members in the PC(USA). "The Covenant Network of Presbyterians has been committed since its founding to the full participation of lesbian and gay Presbyterians in the life and ordained leadership of the church. We will support efforts in presbyteries and at the 217th General Assembly in 2006 that advance this goal."
More Light PresbyterianPresbyterian (PCUSA)The mission of More Light Presbyterians is to work for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA). We are individual members and congregations of the Presbyterian Church (USA) who are faithful to God's call and believe that God continues to open new understandings of scripture and the Word in the life of Christ. As a Christian community, we believe that the church must seek to live out those understandings in our life together.
Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer ConcernsQuakerFLGBTQC is a North American Quaker faith community that affirms that of God in all people. Gathering twice yearly for worship and play, we draw sustenance from each other and from the Spirit for our work and life in the world. We are learning that radical inclusion and radical love bring further light to Quaker testimony and life. Note: another source of Quaker meetings.
Room for AllReformed Church in AmericaResponding to the inclusive love of God revealed in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Spirit, Room for All is a community of Christ-followers in the Reformed Church in America. Our vision and mission indicate our commitment to the welcome and affirmation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies, while pursuing grace-filled dialogue with those who believe differently. 
Unitarian Universalist AssociationUnitarianWhile not "Christian" in the more traditional sense of the word, it is important to note the important and vital role the UUA congregations have made over the years for the gay and lesbian community. For many of our congregations our first church home was offered to us by a sympathetic UUA congregation. The GLBT community is eternally in the UUA denominations debt for the leadership role they have taken through the years to spear head justice and equality for all people.
Affirm United/S'affirmer EnsembleUnited Church of CanadaAffirm is an organization of persons working through education and social integration for the welcoming of diverse peoples, especially the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the life and work of the church. Affirm is composed of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and so it is open to all people within the United Church of Canada who support these goals.
United Church of ChristUnited Church of ChristWelcome to the United Church of Christ - a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The UCC was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions. Because the UCC is a union of several Christian traditions and each congregation governs its own affairs, you will find a diversity of worship styles and theology in our church. Our motto, "that they may all be one," is Jesus' prayer for the unity of the church. GALIP Note: This site is one of the links to finding the welcoming churches within the UCC denomination. It is important to note that more than just the ONA UCC churches are welcoming within the UCC denomination. Conversely not all UCC churches are welcoming. The GayChurch.org list is by far the most comprehensive list of welcoming UCC churches out there as we emailed every single "God is Still Speaking" UCC church (i.e. the churches that supported the "StillSpeaking" ad campaign) and ONA UCC church to find out if they were welcoming or not.
UCC Coalition for LGBT ConcernsUnited Church of ChristThe Coalition provides support and sanctuary to all our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers, their families and friends; advocates for their full inclusion in church and society; and brings Christ's affirming message of love and justice for all people. Creating and supporting Open and Affirming (ONA) settings within the United Church of Christ. GALIP Note: This site is one of the links to finding the welcoming churches within the UCC denomination. It is important to note that more than just the ONA UCC churches are welcoming within the UCC denomination. Conversely not all UCC churches are welcoming. The GayChurch.org list is by far the most comprehensive list of welcoming UCC churches out there as we emailed every single "God is Still Speaking" UCC church (i.e. the churches that supported the "StillSpeaking" ad campaign) and ONA UCC church to find out if they were welcoming or not.
Reconciling Ministries NetworkUnited Methodist ChurchReconciling Ministries Network is a national grassroots organization that exists to enable full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the United Methodist Church, both in policy and practice. RMN mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.