List of Christian denominations affirming LGBT

List of Christian denominations affirming LGBT

Many Christian denominations do not consider homosexuality or transgender identity to be sins. 

These include entire religious denominations, as well as individual churches and congregations. 

Some are composed mainly of non-LGBT members and also have specific programs to welcome LGBT people, while others are composed mainly of LGBT members.

Additionally, some denominations which are not LGBT-affirming have member-organized groups which are not officially sanctioned by the denomination. There are also ecumenical or para-church programs that are explicitly outreaches to LGBT people, but do not identify with any particular faith tradition or denomination.

History

Today some Christian denominations are accepting homosexuality and transgender identity and inclusive of homosexual and transgender people, such as the United Church of Christ and the Metropolitan Community Church. Formed in 1991, The Evangelical Network is a network of evangelical churches, ministries and Christian Workers that are a part of the LGBT community. The Evangelical Network holds an annual conference and provides education, ministerial support, and networking capabilities.

In 1946, Archbishop George Hyde of the Eucharistic Catholic Communion (a small denomination not in union with the Roman Catholic Church) celebrated mass for gay men in Atlanta. In 1956, the Church of ONE Brotherhood was founded in Los Angeles by a gay-rights activist. In 1962, a Congregationalist pastor began an overt pastoral ministry to gay people in New York City. The first gay and transgender-specific denomination, as opposed to individual congregations, was the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches in 1968.

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.

While Unitarian Universalism is no longer explicitly a Christian religion, it does have Judeo-Christian roots. Both the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Canadian Unitarian Council have officially affirmed LGBT people and have openly advocated for gay rights.

Denominations

Africa and Asia

Anglican Church of Korea NOTE: The Anglican church has some clergy and congregations that support LGBT rights.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa NOTE: The Anglican church defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but does allow for the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy. Bishop Mervyn Castle of False Bay was openly gay and celibate. Also, for lay people, “Anglican bishops from across southern Africa have resolved that gay and lesbian partners who enter same-sex civil unions under South African law should be welcomed into congregations as full members of the church.” The Diocese of Saldanha Bay has proposed the blessing of same-sex unions with the bishop’s support.

Hyanglin Church in Korea

Church of South India NOTE: The CSI opened ordination to transgender persons, has ministries specifically for transgender rights and some clergy support gay rights. The CSI is among the Anglican churches that “are open to changing Church doctrine on marriage in order to allow for same-sex unions” according to the BBC.

Evangelical Church of India

Members Church of God International (Known as Ang Dating Daan as their Presiding Minister Bro. Eliseo Soriano is a Prominent Member of LGBT)

United Church of Christ in Japan

United Church of Christ in the Philippines

Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (Southern Synod)

Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa (NGK) NOTE: Each congregation may determine its own decision on gay marriage and gay ministers. However, in November 2016 the Extraordinary Synod formally defined marriage as “a commitment between one man and one woman” and gay sex as a sin. Congregations are allowed to deny employment to married gays, but also allowed to define their own position.

Methodist Church of Southern Africa NOTE: The church “accepts same-sex relationships (as long as such relationships are not…marriage)”.

Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa NOTE: Each minister may exercise his or her conscience and support same-sex unions

Open Table Metropolitan Community Chuch

North America

Grace Gospel Chapel, in Seattle.

Affirming Pentecostal Church International

Alliance of Baptists

Anglican Church of Canada

All Saints Anglican Missionary Society

The Anthem Network

Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists

AXIOS – Eastern and Orthodox Gay and Lesbian Christians

Catholic Apostolic Church in North America

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Communion of Synodal Catholic Churches

Community of Christ

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship NOTE: Each congregation determines its own position

Corpus Christi Communion (Independent Affirming Reformed Catholic, Anglican and Ecumenical Churches under the umbrella of one Holy Apostolic Church) http://www.corpuschristicommunion.org/

Ecclesia Gnostica

Ecumenical Catholic Church

Ecumenical Catholic Communion

Église Gnostique Catholique Apostolique

Episcopal Church (United States)

Eucharistic Catholic Church

Evangelical Anglican Church In America

Evangelical Catholic Church

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

The Evangelical Network

Friends General Conference

Friends of Jesus Fellowship in America

Global Alliance of Affirming Apostolic Pentecostals

Inclusive Orthodox Church

Independent Catholic Christian Church

Independent Greek Orthodox Church of the United States

International Council of Community Churches

Mennonite Church Canada NOTE: Each congregation determines its own position

Mennonite Church USA NOTE: Each conference determines its own position

Metropolitan Community Church

Moravian Church in America Northern Province

National Association of Congregational Christian Churches NOTE: Each congregation is free to determine its own policy

Old Catholic Church

Old Catholic Church-Charismatic Rite

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Reconciling Pentecostals International

Reformed Anglican Catholic Church

Reformed Church in America NOTE: Gay pastors may serve congregations if they were ordained in another denomination; some member churches allow gay marriage.

Restoration Church of Jesus Christ (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA) — a Latter Day Saint denomination

Swedenborgian Church of North America

The Progressive Episcopal Church

Unitarian Universalist Association NOTE: Although no longer exclusively Christian, the denomination originated as such and is ‘mainline’

United Catholic Church

United Church of Christ

United Church of Canada Each individual congregation decides for itself whether or not to be Affirming or to solemnize same sex marriages. There are a number of other church bodies (some Presbyteries and Conferences) that have been designated as Affirming.

United Methodist Church’s Baltimore-Washington, California-Nevada, California-Pacific, Desert Southwest, Detroit, Greater New Jersey, Illinois Great Rivers, Iowa, Minnesota, New England, New York, Northern Illinois, Oregon-Idaho, Pacific-Northwest, Rocky Mountain, Southwest Texas, Upper New York, Virginia, West Michigan, and Wisconsin Annual Conferences are affirming of LGBT clergy and relationships through resolutions. The South Carolina Annual Conference passed a resolution supporting transgender rights. The UMC also provides spousal benefits for non-ordained employees in same-sex marriages.The Western Jurisdiction elected the denomination’s first openly and partnered lesbian bishop in 2016. The North Central Jurisdiction considered an openly gay nominee for bishop although not elected. Additionally, the Northeastern Jurisdiction passed a resolution supporting the option of allowing same-sex marriages. On May 7, 2018 the Council of Bishops in the United Methodist Church, have proposed allowing individual pastors and regional church bodies to decide whether to ordain LGBT clergy and perform same-sex weddings, though this proposal can only be approved by the General Conference.

Unity Fellowship Church Movement

Unity Church

Europe

Austria: Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Austria

Austrian, German, Swiss and Dutch Old Catholic Church

Austrian, Belgium, Netherlands and Poland Ecumenical Catholic Communion

Belgium: United Protestant Church in Belgium

Croatia: Evangelical (Lutheran) Church in Croatia

Denmark: Church of Denmark

France: United Protestant Church of France

Finland: Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland NOTE: The church permits prayers of celebration following a civil union or marriage

Germany: German Lutheran, reformed and united churches in Evangelical Church in Germany

Germany: The Social Ethics Ministry of the Central Conference of the United Methodist Church in Germany

Germany: Catholic Diocese of the Old Catholics in Germany

Iceland: Church of Iceland

Ireland: Church of Ireland NOTE: Two former archbishops of Dublin, two diocesan bishops, and several congregations affirm LGBTI people in the Republic.

Ireland: Non-subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland

Ireland: Unitarian Churches in Ireland

Netherlands: Protestant Church in the Netherlands

Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area Conferences of the United Methodist Church

Norway: Church of Norway

Portugal – Affirming Pentecostal Church International

Romania – Unitarian Church of Transylvania NOTE: The deputy bishop endorsed same-sex unions

Spain: Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church and Spanish Evangelical Church

Sweden: Church of Sweden

Switzerland: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Geneva (Genf)

Switzerland: Swiss reformed churches in Swiss Reformed Church

Wales – Affirming Pentecostal Church International

Albania – Affirming Pentecostal Church International

Italy – Lutheran Evangelical Church in Italy (CELI)

Italy – Union of Methodist and Waldensian Churches

Italy – United Protestant Church (Chiesa Protestante Unita)

Old Catholic Church in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland

Poland – Christian United Church in Poland

United Kingdom (UK) – Church of England NOTE: The church defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but also supports same-sex civil partnerships.

“The church has no truck with homophobia and even supports clergy who are in civil partnerships.” The C of E allows prayers to follow a civil same-sex marriage, and allows civil partnerships for gay priests. In 2016, the Bishop of Grantham came out as the first openly gay bishop in a relationship. The C of E voted to affirm transgender people. The church approved services to celebrate and mark a person’s gender transition.

UK – Church in Wales NOTE: A majority supports same-sex marriage; the church said LGBT people can be “honest and open, respected and affirmed”. The church also permits gay priests to enter into civil partnerships. The church voted to explore approving same-sex marriages and blessings for civil partnerships.

UK – Church of Ireland congregations in Northern Ireland may be affirming NOTE: the denomination remains in conversation as a whole; in 2011, a senior cleric entered into a same-sex civil partnership and kept his post.

UK – Scottish Episcopal Church.

UK – Church of Scotland NOTE: The Church of Scotland voted to permit pastors to enter into same-sex marriages

UK – Quakers (The Religious Society of Friends) NOTE: Not all Quakers view themselves as Christian; they are however a historically Christian religious group.

UK – International Council of Community Churches

UK – Methodist Church of Great Britain NOTE: The church may bless civil same-sex marriages

UK – Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

UK – United Ecumenical Catholic Church,

UK – United Reformed Church

Latin America

Argentina – Evangelical Methodist Church in Argentina

Argentina – Evangelical Church of the River Plate

Brazil – Affirming Pentecostal Church International

Brazil – Christian Community of God (Authenticists)

Brazil – Catholic Diversity

Brazil – Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil (since 1998)

Brazil – Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil

Brazil – United Presbiterian Church

Chile – Evangelical Lutheran Church of Chile

Chile – Lutheran Church in Chile

Colombia – Affirming Pentecostal Church International

Costa Rica – Costa Rican Lutheran Church

Costa Rica – Episcopal Church of Costa Rica

Cuba – Episcopal Church of Cuba

El Salvador – Episcopal Anglican Church of El Salvador

Peru – Lutheran Church of Peru

Uruguay – Evangelical Church of Uruguay

Australia

Affirming congregations within the Anglican Church of Australia NOTE: The Diocese of Perth, and other bodies, have voted to support same-sex relationships The Diocese of Gippsland appointed an openly and partnered gay priest. The Anglican Church of Australia does not have an official policy on homosexuality.

Uniting Church in Australia

United Ecumenical Catholic Church in Australia

Metropolitan Community Church

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

New Zealand

Anglican Church in New Zealand NOTE: As of 2018, clergy may bless a same-sex union.[96] In 2014, the Anglican church voted to start a process toward allowing the blessing of same-sex relationships. The Dunedin Diocese already offers a “Liturgy for the Blessing of a Relationship” irrespective of gender. The Anglican province has approved of allowing clergy “‘to recognise in public worship’ a same-gender civil union or state marriage of members of their faith community” with the bishop’s permission.

Metropolitan Community Church in New Zealand

Presbyterian Church in Aotearoa New Zealand NOTE: Individual congregations may be affirming, but the denomination is not affirming.

Religious Society of Friends(Quakers) in New Zealand

United Ecumenical Catholic Church in New Zealand

Uniting Congregations in New Zealand

Some Baptist Churches – Ponsonby Baptist, Cityside Baptist in Auckland

Auckland Rainbow Community Church

Congregations

AChurch4Me (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

New Day Worship Center (Toccoa, Georgia, USA)

Blessed Ministry Community Church (Hong Kong)

Broadway United Methodist Church (Indianapolis, Indianapolis, USA)

Cathedral of Hope (Dallas, Texas, USA)

Citichurch of Dallas (Dallas, Texas, USA)

City United Reformed Church (Cardiff, Wales)

Christ Chapel of the Valley (Los Angeles, California, USA) – a member of the evangelical Christ Chapel Association of Churches

Christ Church Cathedral (Anglican Church of Australia)

Christ Church Cathedral (Church of Ireland)

Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Madison (National Baptist Convention, USA Inc.)

Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) – Episcopal

Church of the Valley (Van Nuys, California, USA) – Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Danish Church of Buenos Aires, Argentina

EastLake Community Church (Bothell, Washington, USA)

Free Community Church (Singapore, Singapore)

Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church (Glendale, California, USA)

Glide Memorial Church (San Francisco, California, USA)

Kabahaghari United Methodists of the Philippines

Khandallah Presbyterian Church

Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church (San Francisco, California, USA)

Grace Gospel Chapel (Seattle, Washington, USA)

Seattle First Baptist Church (Seattle, Washington, USA)

Hagia Sophia Gnostic Church (Seattle, Washington, USA) – Ecclesia Gnostica

Light of Love Fellowship (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)

Mayfair Presbyterian Church (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Misión San Francisco de Asís in the Anglican Church of Mexico

One Church (Chandler, Arizona, USA)

Oriented to Christ (Hong Kong)

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)

Southwark Cathedral (Church of England)

Spirit of Joy Christian Church (Lakeville, Minnesota, USA) – Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

St. Andrew’s Church, Subiaco, Perth, Australia in the Anglican Diocese of Perth

St. Andrew’s Church on the Terrace in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand

St. David’s Presbyterian Church in Auckland

St. John’s and St. Andrew’s at Waterloo (Church of England)

St. John’s Cathedral (Anglican Church of Australia)

St. John’s in the City

St. Mark’s Anglican Church (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico) – a bilingual congregation

St. Barnabas, Bethnal Green – Diocese of London (Church of England)

St. Mary and St. Nicholas, Spalding (Church of England)

St. Mary’s Battersea (Church of England)

St. Pancras Church (Church of England)

St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Church of Ireland)

Tong-Kwang Light House Presbyterian Church (Taipei, Taiwan)

University Baptist Church (Austin, Texas, USA)

St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Wake Forest Baptist Church (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA)

Walnut Creek United Methodist Church (Walnut Creek, California, USA)

Living Spirit United Methodist Church (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

Greenland Hills United Methodist Church (Dallas, Texas, USA)

Ekklesia Tou Theou (Church of God) (Cavite, Philippines)

Olivet-Schwenkfelder United Church of Christ (East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA)

Red Willow Community Church (Seventh-day Adventist) (St. Albert, Alberta, Canada)

Open Doors Community Church (Seoul, South Korea)

Trinity Episcopal Church (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)

Unity Fellowship of Christ Church (Los Angeles, California, USA)

York Minster (Church of England)

Mt Eden Baptist Church in Auckland, New Zealand

Ponsonby Baptist Church in Auckland, New Zealand

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