Welcoming Churches

What is a Welcoming Church?  Some congregations are merely non-discriminatory and LGBT-affirming while others are specifically oriented toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons. Some local congregations, especially those designated as “Welcoming churches” in the Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, Methodist, Episcopal, and Brethren/Mennonite denominations, may consist of a majority of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members.  An excellent video on the topic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fLmU6ydJxE

How to find a Welcoming Church in the USA.  http://www.welcomingresources.org/usa.htm

desmondtutuHow to Make Your Church a Welcoming Church  http://www.welcomingresources.org/welcoming.xml

A publication from National PFLAG.  PFLAG Faith Field Guide (Exclusively Online)  Discovering that a family member or friend is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) can post new questions about your faith and may prompt you to re-evaluate beliefs that you previously took for granted.  While this can seem scary, it can also be the beginning of a new period of learning and exploration.  At PFLAG we encourage you to ask questions about sexual orientation and about your faith community.  PFLAG hopes to provide resources to help you on your journey.    http://www.pflag.org/zen/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=61

 

SUPPORTIVE ORGANIZATIONS FOR VARIOUS RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS

Integrity USA  http://www.integrityusa.org  Episcopal

Dignity USA  http://www.dignityusa.org      Catholic

Affirmation  http://www.affirmation.org      Mormon

BOOKS (All available from Amazon)

A Christian Lesbian Journey:  A Continuation of a Long Road to Love by Darlene Bogle

Bulletproof Faith:  A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians by Candace Chellew-Hodge

Reconciling Journey: A Devotional Workbook for Lesbian and Gay Christians by Michal Ann Pepper

What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality by Daniel A. Helminiak

WEBSITES
Virginia Ramey Mollenkott is the author or co-author of 13 books, including several on women and religion. She is a winner of the Lambda Literary Award and has published numerous essays on literary topics.  http://www.virginiamollenkott.com

Writings of a Christian Lesbian   I wish to remain anonymous and let my words speak for them self without the bias of knowing the author. I am a Christian that happens to be a lesbian. One was chosen (my Christian identity) and one was not (my sexual orientation.) My main mission is to demystify the confusion of “homosexuality” in the Bible and let the rarely heard alternative perspective be known (note my first entry http://moanti.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/gaychristians/  or http://gaychristians.2freedom.com). Many Christians are unaware that an alternate translation exists WITHIN the Scriptures that does not condemn homosexuality as a whole in the Bible.                    http://moanti.wordpress.com/about/

WELCOMING CHURCHES IN SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL OREGON

First Presbyterian Church  PO Box 1137   Gold Beach, Oregon  97444   541-247-7351

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church  94261 Moore Street   Gold Beach, Oregon 97444    541-247-7878

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church 401 Fir St, Brookings, OR 97415     (541) 469-3314    http://www.episcopalchurch.org/parish/st-timothys-episcopal-church-brookings-or

Florence United Methodist Church
Meeting address: 333 Kingwood Ave,  Florence, Oregon 97439
Mailing address: 333 Kingwood Ave,  Florence, Oregon 97439
Note: Recognized as a Reconciling Congregation by the Reconciling Ministries Network  http://www.rmnetwork.org/get-connected/find-a-church/ . A member of the Oregon-Idaho Reconciling United Methodists  http://www.oirums.org/.  Listed as a Welcoming Gay Friendly Church on www.gaychurch.com .

 Florence Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 

Meeting Address:  87738 Hwy 101 at Heceta Beach Rd, Florence, OR 97439 
Mailing Address:  PO Box 2502, Florence, OR 97439 
Phone:  (541) 997-2840
Denominational Statement: Unitarian Universalist congregations extend a warm welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, families, and communities. We work to promote acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and equity for LGBTQ persons of all ages, abilities, colors, and genders, both within our denomination and in society at large. We are committed to protecting the civil and legal rights of LGBTQ people and families across the country.  http://www.uua.org/lgbtq/index.shtml

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 Unity By The Bay   

Meeting Address: 2100 Union Ave, North Bend, Oregon 97459
Mailing Address: POB 947, North Bend, OR  97459
Phone:  541-751-1633
Congregational Statement: Unity recognizes the divinity in ALL people, and embrace their individual expressions of the divine. 

Coos Bay 

South Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship  

Meeting Address:  Dolphin Theater, 580 Newmark Ave,  Coos Bay, OR 97420 
Mailing Address:  PO Box 595, North Bend, OR 97459-0048 
Email:  j5adamson @ gmail.com
Denominational statement: Unitarian Universalist congregations extend a warm welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, families, and communities. We work to promote acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and equity for LGBTQ persons of all ages, abilities, colors, and genders, both within our denomination and in society at large. We are committed to protecting the civil and legal rights of LGBTQ people and families across the country.   http://www.uua.org/lgbtq/index.shtml 

Bandon

 St. John’s Episcopal Church Meeting Address:  795 Franklin Ave. Bandon, OR 97411 Mailing Address: PO Box 246, Bandon, OR 97411

Denominational Statements: In 2000, the Convention affirmed “the variety of human relationships in and outside of marriage” and acknowledged “disagreement over the Church’s traditional teaching on human sexuality.”   http://www.episcopalarchives.org/cgi-bin/acts/acts_resolution.pl?resolution=2000-D039
In 2006, the Convention affirmed “support of gay and lesbian persons as children of God”; calls on legislatures to provide protections such as bereavement and family leave policies; and opposes any state or federal constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex civil marriages or civil unions.”
In 2009, the Convention affirmed that “gays and lesbians (that are) in lifelong committed relationships,” should be ordained, saying that “God has called and may call such individuals to any ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church.”  In 2012, the Convention approved the use of an official liturgy to bless same-sex couples and their marriages, called “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant.
Unity of Bandon
Meeting Address: 50211 Highway 101 South, Bandon, Oregon
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 518, Bandon, OR 97411
Website: http://www.unityofbandon.org Denominational statement: We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. Therefore, we recognize the importance of serving all people within the Unity family in spiritually and emotionally caring ways. We strive for our ministries, publications and programs to reach out to all who seek Unity support and spiritual growth. It is imperative that our ministries and outreach be free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual
orientation. 

 

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Comments on: "Welcoming Churches" (1)

  1. Dennis Triglia said:

    Also:

    First Presbyterian Church
    P O Box 1137
    Gold Beach, OR 97444 Zoom
    denomination: PCUSA
    Phone: (541) 247-7351

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