Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble (United Church of Canada) - http://www.affirmunited.ca Affirm 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.
Alliance of Baptists (Baptist) - http://www.allianceofbaptists.org The 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.
American Apostolic Old Catholic Church (Catholic) - http://www.americanoldcatholic.org We are a part of the Old Catholic Movement with valid apostolic succession recognized by Rome. Taking Our Lord Jesus Christ as our Example, we reject all doctrines of exclusion that restrict; our clergy joyfully perform the 7 Sacraments for all God's people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status (past or present, married or divorced). Because we preach the Gospel, we embrace those cast out, abandoned, and unwelcome - and just as Our Lord said "a new commandment I give you - love one another as I have loved you" so we strive to offer all His children the healing power of His Love.
American Catholic Church (Catholic) - http://www.accus.us The 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.
American National Catholic Church (Catholic) - https://www.americannationalcatholicchurch.org/ We are a new community celebrating an ancient faith. Organized as an independent jurisdiction in 2009, we practice a Catholic faith that is rooted in tradition and relevant in the twenty-first century. The ANCC is an independent, non-Vatican Catholic jurisdiction. The church embraces a broad theology and is committed to welcoming all people, particularly those who have been disenfranchised by institutional churches.
Anthem Network (Convergent Christian Communion) - http://www.ConvergentChristian.com The Convergent Christian Communion is a network of Christians within the Convergence and Independent Sacramental Movements. We bring together the major historic streams of Christian tradition; we are Evangelical (Gospel-focused), Charismatic (Spirit-filled), and Sacramental (Liturgy-based). In addition, unlike most Convergent Christians, we are an open, affirming, and grace-filled Communion believing that Christ’s love and ministry are open to all - regardless of anyone’s denominational background, political party, class, race, gender, sexual orientation, or age. We are all one in Christ.
Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (Baptist) - http://www.wabaptists.org We 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.
Baptists Peace Fellowship (Baptist) - http://www.bpfna.org The 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.
Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (Church of the Brethren, Mennonite Church) - http://www.bmclgbt.org/ The 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.
Catholic Apostolic Church in North America (Catholic) - http://www.cacina.org CACINA 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.
Christ Catholic Church (Catholic) - http://free-catholic.org Christ'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.
Communion of Synodal Catholic Churches (Catholic) - http://www.synodalcatholics.org The Communion of Synodal Catholic Churches holds that because all women and men are created in God's image and likeness and because the same divine teaching on how they should live is written in every human heart, all persons are to be treated with dignity and justice, each person having the same fundamental rights and responsibilities. In Christ, “there is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female” (Gal 3:28), and therefore, all persons, regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, culture, or other demographic or class label, are to be treated with dignity and justice. Therefore, we are committed to welcoming all to the table of the Lord, particularly the poor, the disenfranchised, the marginalized, the displaced, and those that find themselves spiritually homeless because they have been rejected from their former spiritual home.
Covenant Network (Covenant Network) - http://thecovenantnetwork.com/ The Covenant Network is a Charismatic-Pentecostal, Full-Gospel, Apostolic, and Prophetic movement. We seek to spread the Kingdom of God and exalt the King of Kings with all of our heart, soul, and strength. We build our whole culture as a people around Who Jesus is, What He Says, and What He Does... We seek to build our lives, homes, churches, conversations, and everything that we are around Him.
Covenant Network of Presbyterians (Presbyterian - PCUSA) - http://www.covnetpres.org 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."
Dignity USA (Catholic) - http://www.dignityusa.org DIGNITY 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 Communion (Catholic) - http://www.ecumenical-catholic-communion.org We 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 Anglican Church in America (Anglican) - http://eaca.org The 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.
Evangelical Catholic Church (Catholic) - http://www.evangelicalcatholicchurch.org The 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.
Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns (Quaker) - http://flgbtqc.quaker.org FLGBTQC 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.
GALA: Gay and Lesbian Acceptance (Community of Christ) - http://galaweb.org GALA 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.
GLAD Alliance (Disciples of Christ) - http://www.gladalliance.org/ The 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.
Inclusive Church UK (Anglican) - https://www.inclusive-church.org.uk Inclusive Church is a Christian organisation with the aim of advocating for the full inclusion of all people in the Christian churches (especially the Church of England), including in the threefold order of bishops, priests and deacons, regardless of ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. More broadly, it seeks "to raise awareness about the ways that people feel excluded by the church."
Integrity (Episcopal) - http://www.integrityusa.org Integrity is a nonprofit organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] Episcopalians and our straight friends. Since our founding by Dr. Louie Crew in rural Georgia in 1974, Integrity has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church and our equal access to its rites. However, advocacy is only one facet of our ministry.
Integrity in Canada (Anglican) - http://integritycanada.org Integrity 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.
International Christian Community Churches (Charismatic) - http://www.icccnow.com A 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.
Liberal Catholic Church (Catholic) - http://www.liberalcatholics.co.uk The 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.
Metropolitan Community Churches (Metropolitan Community Church) - http://www.mccchurch.org The 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.
More Light Presbyterian (Presbyterian - PCUSA) - http://www.mlp.org 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.
New Ways Ministry (Catholic) - https://www.newwaysministry.org New Ways Ministry educates and advocates for justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Catholics, and reconciliation within the larger church and civil communities. Through research, publication and education about sexual orientation and gender identity, we foster dialogue among groups and individuals, identify and combat personal and structural homophobia and transphobia, work for changes in attitudes and promote the acceptance of LGBT people as full and equal members of church and society.
Orthodox-Catholic Church of America (Catholic) - http://www.orthodoxcatholicchurch.org We are a small predominantly Western Rite orthodox jurisdiction whose members are a diverse group of men and women who have responded to a call to live the gospel in an American way, praying for one another and ministering to those who hunger for God wherever they may be found. Our clergy are women and men called to sacramental ministry in a myriad of settings which include parishes, hospitals, nursing homes, jails, prisons, spirituality centers, social centers and home churches. All are welcome.
Progressive Episcopal Church (Episcopal) - http://www.tpecusa.org/ The Progressive Episcopal Church is a Progressive Christian denomination founded in 2012, with clergy and communities throughout the United States. They are a member Province of the Anglican Free Communion, established in 1897. (The Progressive Episcopal Church is independent of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion, and is not affiliated with The Episcopal Church in the USA.)
Proud Anglicans of Canada (Anglican) - http://www.proudanglicans.ca Proud 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.
Reconciling Ministries Network (United Methodist Church) - http://www.rmnetwork.org/ Mobilizing United Methodists to create full inclusion of all God’s children regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity since 1982, Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) is a growing movement of United Methodist individuals, congregations, campus ministries, and other groups working for the full participation of all people in The United Methodist Church.
Reconciling Pentecostals International (Pentecostal) - http://www.rpifellowship.com The "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.
ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation (Lutheran - ELCA) - http://www.reconcilingworks.org ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation advocates for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church and congregations. We provide a place of comfort and safety. We reach out to teach that Christ's message, the Gospel, is for everyone equally. We advocate for systemic change in policy and practice in church and society, working to alleviate not only the painful symptoms of oppression but also to eliminate its root causes.
Reformed Catholic Church (Catholic) - http://www.reformedcatholicchurch.org We 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.
Room for All (Reformed Church in America ) - http://www.roomforall.com/ Compelled by 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 statements 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.
The Evangelical Network (TEN) (Charismatic) - https://www.ten.lgbt/ The 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.
The National Catholic Church of America (Catholic) - http://www.nationalcatholicchurch.org The 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.
UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns (United Church of Christ) - http://www.ucccoalition.org The 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 “Everyone is welcome” advertising campaign) and ONA UCC churches to find out if they were welcoming or not.
Unitarian Universalist Association (Unitarian) - http://www.uua.org While not "Christian" in the more traditional sense of the word, it's important to note the important and vital role the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) congregations have made over the years for the gay and lesbian community. For many LGBT congregations their first church home was offered by a sympathetic UUA congregation. The LGBT community is eternally in the UUA denomination's debt for the leadership role they have taken through the years to spearhead justice and equality for all people. (We do not list UUA churches in our Affirming Church Directory, as almost all Unitarian congregations are not able to adhere to our website's definition of being "soley Christian" as defined on our "About our Directory" page.)
United Catholic Church (Catholic) - http://www.united-catholic-church.org As 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.
United Church of Christ (United Church of Christ) - http://www.ucc.org The United Church of Christ (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. Their 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 "Everyone is welcome" advertising campaign) and ONA UCC churches to find out if they were welcoming or not.
Unity (Unity Ministries Worldwide) - http://www.unity.org/resources/lgbt Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual's right to choose a spiritual path. Unlike "traditional" Christian denominations that are more aligned with the Nicene Creed, Unity is a spiritual philosophical movement within the wider New Thought movement. (We do not list Unity churches in our Affirming Church Directory, as almost all Unity congregations are not able to adhere to our website's definition of being "soley Christian" as defined on our "About our Directory" page.)
Welcoming Community Network (Community of Christ ) - http://welcomingcommunitynetwork.org/ Welcoming 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.