LGBT-affirming Christian denominations

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The LGBT flag at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston indicates that the church welcomes LGBT-identifying persons

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) affirming Christian denominations are Christian denominations that do not consider homosexuality or transgenderism to be sins. They 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 programmes that are explicitly outreaches to LGBT people, but do not identify with any particular faith tradition or denomination.

History[edit]

While Christianity has traditionally forbidden sodomy, believing it to be parallel to homosexuality, some believe in the Hebrew text and history that the word sodomy literally means "male temple prostitute", and not a translation for homosexual. Thus, homosexuality is not thought of as an act of sin in a growing population of churches today.[1] Today some Christian denominations are accepting of homosexuality and transgenderism 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.

One of the first churches established for gays was the Liberal Catholic Church, in Sydney, Australia in 1916. 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.[2] 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.[2]

Some congregations are merely non-discriminatory and LGBT-affirming while others are specifically oriented toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons.[2] 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.[2]

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[edit]

Asia[edit]

Africa[edit]

Caribbean[edit]

North America[edit]

MCCNY, a church in New York City.
Grace Gospel Chapel, in Seattle.

Europe[edit]

Central and South America[edit]

Australia[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Congregations[edit]

Further information: § External links

Denomination-sanctioned programmes[edit]

The following denominations have LGBT-welcoming or affirming programmes, though not all churches within the denomination are necessarily members of the LGBT programme.

Unofficial programmes[edit]

Programmes not affiliated with any particular denomination[edit]

  • Gay Christian Network (GCN) is a "nonprofit ministry supporting Christians worldwide who happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT)". GCN is an ecumenical ministry, welcoming Christians from a wide variety of backgrounds. GCN was founded in 2001 by Justin Lee, and has sought to "build a supportive community to support fellow gay Christians in their Christian walks."
  • The Anthem Network (AN) is a "Sacramental, Evangelical and Charismatic network of Churches, Church Plants, Affiliated Congregations and Clergy. It was founded in 2014 in Los Angeles, California by the Rev. Drew Haywood."
  • Freedom2b is an Australian-based organisation that assists LGBTI people from Christian backgrounds on their journey to reconciling their faith, sexuality and gender identity.
  • Institute for Welcoming Resources (a programme of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force)
  • Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (UK)
  • Accepting Evangelicals – Evangelical parishes accepting LGBT people
  • Evangelical Fellowship for Lesbian and Gay Christians (UK)
  • European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups
  • Evangelicals Concerned: Gay and Transgender Christians
  • Sybils: UK group for transgender Christians
  • Nuntiare et Recreare: Russian multi-denominational organization
  • LGBT Christians (Russian: ЛГБТ-христиане Украины): Ukrainian multi-denominational organization
  • Believe Out Loud - an online network that empowers Christians to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, found at [1].
  • LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent (FLoAD)
  • The Evangelical Network
  • Strength in Weakness Ministry
  • Transfaith Online
  • The NALT (Not All Like That) Christians

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bishop Soto tells NACDLGM: 'Homosexuality is Sinful'". catholic.org. Retrieved 29 September 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Gay and Lesbian Churches and Synagogues". GLBTQ. 
  3. ^ "Why Korea's Christian churches are leading the anti-gay charge | Daily Xtra". www.dailyxtra.com. Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  4. ^ "CSI to ordain transgender a priest". The Hindu. 2012-02-06. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  5. ^ "Church of South India | CSI Chennai Diocese | CSI Diocese of Madras". www.csimadrasdiocese.org. Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  6. ^ Nakamura, Rev Yoshiki (2013). "A Pastor's Passion: Building a Church Where All People Pray Together" (PDF). sccmission.net. SOGI. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Anglican Church Says Yes To Homosexuals". www.enca.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  8. ^ "Global trend: World's oldest Protestant churches now ordain gays and lesbians". Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  9. ^ "No same-sex marriage rule in church". Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  10. ^ Rickard, Carmel. "Church gives blessing to pastors over gay marriages". Rand Daily Mail. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  11. ^ http://www.cubaencuentro.com/, Cubaencuentro.com,. "La Iglesia Episcopal ordena en Cuba a la primera mujer obispo de América Latina". www.cubaencuentro.com. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  12. ^ "Gay marriage: mainline denominations affirm SCOTUS". Baptist Press. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  13. ^ "Anglicans to allow same-sex marriage after recount". Retrieved 2016-07-12. 
  14. ^ "CBF to approve funding for pro-homosexual groups; gay church literature featured in CBF exhibit". Baptist Press. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  15. ^ a b "We Are International «  International Council of Community Churches". www.icccnow.org. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  16. ^ "First MC Canada-officiated same-sex marriage". The Mennonite: A Publication of Mennonite Church USA Providing Anabaptist Content. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  17. ^ "Another conference to license gay pastor". Mennonite World Review. 2014-10-27. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  18. ^ "Moravian Church Northern Province Synod approves ordination of gay and lesbian pastors « Northern Province Synod 2014 « Moravian Church of North America". www.moravian.org. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  19. ^ "Articles & Bylaws". NACCC Serving churches that serve Christ. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  20. ^ "Churches & Clergy of the NACCC". NACCC Serving churches that serve Christ. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  21. ^ SMITH, LYNN (1988-07-10). "'Old Catholic' Sect to Ordain Married Man as a Priest". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  22. ^ "RCA takes strides toward more inclusion of homosexuals". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  23. ^ "Unitarian Universalist Affirmation of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People | UUA.org". UUA.org. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  24. ^ "New England, South Georgia differ on gay clergy". www.nyac.com. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  25. ^ Communications, United Methodist. "Conferences reject church's stance on gays - The United Methodist Church". The United Methodist Church. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  26. ^ "Kansas, Nebraska United Methodists support change to homosexual doctrines". kansas. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  27. ^ "United Methodist Body's Pro-Gay Petition Saying Homosexuality Is Part of 'God's Creation' Won't Influence Church's Ban, Say Theological Conservatives". Christian Post. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  28. ^ "Annual conferences report | gbcs". umc-gbcs.org. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  29. ^ UMR, Special Contributor to (2016-06-10). "South Carolina Conference says no to transgender discrimination". UMR. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  30. ^ Service, Lauren Markoe Religion News (2014-04-29). "Methodist Church Approves Same-Sex Marriage Benefits". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  31. ^ "Rev. Karen Oliveto Elected to the Episcopacy of The United Methodist Church". 2016-07-16. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  32. ^ Communications, United Methodist. "3 gay pastors among nominees for bishop - The United Methodist Church". The United Methodist Church. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  33. ^ Communications, United Methodist. "Resolution recommends letting regional bodies adapt Discipline - The United Methodist Church". The United Methodist Church. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  34. ^ "Segnung gleichgeschlechtlicher Partnerschaften | Evangelische Kirche in Österreich". evang.at. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  35. ^ "Laity drive Finnish Lutherans to recognize same-sex marriages". Episcopal Cafe. 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  36. ^ "Debatte über Homosexualität geht weiter | Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche in Österreich". www.emk.at. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  37. ^ "Archbishops and leading theologian call for Yes vote". Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  38. ^ "Same-sex marriage backed by Church of Ireland bishop - BBC News". Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  39. ^ "Gay row could 'cause Church of Ireland schism'". www.newsletter.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  40. ^ "Welcome to The Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland". www.nspresbyterian.org. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  41. ^ "Weddings and Blessings - Unitarian Church Cork". Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  42. ^ Communications, United Methodist. "Sexuality panel displays church's global variation - The United Methodist Church". The United Methodist Church. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  43. ^ "Unitarian leader takes Equal Marriage stand in Romania". UUA International. 2016-02-09. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  44. ^ "Homosexuelle Paare : Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche Genf". www.luther-genf.ch. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  45. ^ Butt, Riazat (2009-07-31). "British Quakers agree to same-sex marriages". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  46. ^ "Italian Lutherans say Yes to the blessing of homosexual couples". European Protestant News Network. 2011-05-16. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  47. ^ Anonymous (2011-05-15). "Iglesia luterana de Italia da visto bueno para bendecir la unión de homosexuales". Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  48. ^ Wiedemann, Dennis. "HuK e. V. | Ökumenische Arbeitsgruppe Homosexuelle und Kirche". www.huk.org. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  49. ^ "Diocese of Blackburn seeks new liturgy for trans service". www.churchtimes.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  50. ^ "Church offers prayers after same-sex weddings - but bans gay priests from marrying". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  51. ^ "Sex-change vicar back in pulpit". BBC. 2000-12-03. Retrieved 2016-09-01. 
  52. ^ "Bishop of Grantham becomes first Church of England bishop to come out publicly as gay". Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  53. ^ "Church in Wales shows support for same sex marriage | Christian News on Christian Today". www.christiantoday.com. Retrieved 2016-09-01. 
  54. ^ Anna, Morrell, (2016-04-06). "Same-sex marriage statement". Retrieved 2016-09-01. 
  55. ^ "Church in Wales looks at pension rights for clerics' partners.". 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  56. ^ "Changing Attitude". Changing Attitude. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  57. ^ "Senior cleric in same-sex ceremony". Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  58. ^ Association, Press (2016-05-21). "Church of Scotland votes to allow ministers to be in same-sex marriages". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  59. ^ "Methodists may bless but not marry same-sex couples". www.churchtimes.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  60. ^ http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13412593.Change_to_doctrine_on_marriage_could_allow_first_gay_church_weddings_in_Scotland/. Retrieved 2016-06-22.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  61. ^ "Frequently asked questions (FAQ) | Unitarians". www.unitarian.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  62. ^ "United Reformed Church to Allow Gay Civil Partnerships in UK Churches". Christian Post. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  63. ^ "United Reformed Church approves gay marriage services". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  64. ^ Cardoso, Fernando. O evangelho inclusivo e a homossexualidade. São Paulo: Clube dos Autores, 2010.
  65. ^ "Iglesia Evangélica Luterana de Chile se pronuncia a favor del Acuerdo de Vida en Pareja | Movilh Chile". www.movilh.cl. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  66. ^ ILCO, Comunicacion. "Iglesia Luterana Costarricense - Día Internacional contra la Homo, Lesbo y Transfobia". www.ilco.cr. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  67. ^ "Crónicas de la Diversidad". cronicasdeladiversidad.com. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  68. ^ "Changing Attitude Australia Inc". www.changingattitude.org.au. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  69. ^ "Church comes out in support of gay marriage". Retrieved 2016-09-01. 
  70. ^ "Perth Anglicans vote to recognise same-sex relationships". ABC News. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  71. ^ "Bishop defends gay priest appointment". abc.net.au. ABC. February 27, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  72. ^ a b c d Babington, Briar (2015-09-01). "Gay marriage revolt". New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  73. ^ "City United Reformed Church, About Us". city.urc.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-13. 
  74. ^ "Welcoming Congregations | Changing Attitude Australia Inc". www.changingattitude.org.au. Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  75. ^ a b "Other Churches supportive of LGBT Christians". Changing Attitude Ireland. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  76. ^ Journal, Doug Erickson | Wisconsin State. "Madison pastor makes waves in black church with support of gay marriage". Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  77. ^ "Una iglesia bendice a parejas gays que quieren dar el sí ante Dios". Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  78. ^ "Find a Reconciling Community". RMN+. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  79. ^ "Anglicanos abren las puertas a gays en SLP; bendición de parejas homosexuales, en análisis - Pulso Diario de San Luis". pulsoslp.com.mx. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  80. ^ "Weddings, Baptisms & Funerals - Worship - Southwark Cathedral". cathedral.southwark.anglican.org. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  81. ^ Bagge, Holly (2014-10-08). "Wellington church defies same-sex marriage decree". New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  82. ^ "Same sex relationships and Civil Partnerships - York Minster". yorkminster.org. Retrieved 2016-06-29. 

External links[edit]