LGBT-welcoming church programs
LGBT-welcoming church programs are programs by churches and
synagogues that make an explicit attempt to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender( LGBT) people in church membership and ministry.
In some cases, these programs are formally sanctioned by the
denomination. In other cases, the programs may be groups within the denomination that are not formally recognized by the denomination. Lastly, there are ecumenicalor para-church programs that are explicitly outreaches to LGBTs, but do not identify with any particular tradition or denomination.
Official denominational programs
Church of the Brethren, Mennonite Church USA, and Mennonite Church Canada: Supportive Communities Network
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): Open and Affirming.
Community of Christ: Welcoming Community Network (WCN).
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Americaand Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada: Reconciling in Christ
Metropolitan Community Church: MCC is a church centered in the LGBT community.
Presbyterian Church (USA): More Light
Reform Judaism (North America): [http://www.huc.edu/ijso/inclusion/ Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation] of Hebrew Union College
Reformed Catholic Church(USA) (International): Open & Affirming, All are Welcome.
Reformed Church in America: Room for All
Unitarian Universalist Association: Welcoming Congregation
United Church of Canada: Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble
United Church of Christ: Open and Affirming (abbreviated ONA)
Unofficial denominationally affiliated programs
Baptist: Welcoming and Affirming
Conservative Judaism: Keshet Rabbis
Episcopal Church USA: Integrity and Oasis are parachurch ministries. There are also official programs identifying parishes in some dioceses.
Roman Catholic Church: DignityUSAworks for inclusiveness in the Catholic church, but is not associated with particular congregations. There is also an organization called Courage Internationalwhich promotes chastity for gay and lesbian Catholics.
United Methodist Church: Reconciling Ministries Network
Programs not affiliated with any particular denomination
Welcoming Church Programs
Institute for Welcoming Resources(a program of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force)
* [http://www.christianlesbians.com/ ChristianLesbians.com]
* [http://huk.org/e/index.htm Ecumenical Group "Homosexuals and Church"] (Germany)
* [http://www.euro-lgbt-christians.org/ European Forum of Lesbian & Gay Christian Groups]
* [http://www.rmnetwork.org/welindex.php Reconciling Ministries Network]
* [http://www.whosoever.org/index.shtml Whosoever: An Online Magazine for GLBT Christians]
* [http://www.gaychurch.org gaychurch.org] Largest welcoming Christian church directory in the world and much more
* [http://www.uua.org/obgltc/wcp/wc1expln.html What is the Welcoming Congregation Program?]
* [http://www.lutheransconcerned.ca/ Lutherans Concerned in Canada]
* [http://www.affirmation.org Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons]
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