Reconciling Journey Ministries

WELCOMING CHURCHES
Open and Affirming Christian Churches
This page was last updated: December 3, 2014


Gaychurch.org  
Listing gay affirming churches around the world
This is a GREAT resource and a starting point wherever you are!

For those in our area:
Illinois welcoming churches   Listing of ALL welcoming churches of all denominations.
Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches

Rockford Area Specific
  • Second Congregational United Church of Christ, 318 N Church St, Rockford, IL, 61101-1006
  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 3rd AveRockford, IL, 61104-2193
  • Brooke Road United Methodist Church, 1404 Brooke RdRockford, IL, 61109
  • Spring Creek UCC, 4500 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL, 61114-6315
  • St. Chads Episcopal Church, 6245 N 2nd St, Loves Park, IL, 61111-4100
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 217 E Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL, 61008-3216
  • St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 212 W Grand Ave, Beloit, WI, 53511-6193
  • Spirit of Hope,1225 4th St, Beloit Memorial High School, Beloit, WI, 53511-4437
  • Capron Lutheran Church, 155 S. 2nd St.Capron, IL, 61012-7701
  • Mayfield Congregational Church UCC, 28405 Church Rd, Sycamore, IL, 60178-9081
  • Peace UCC, 301 E 1st StGenoa, IL, 60135-1015
  • Faith United Methodist Church, 325 S Stott StGenoa, IL, 60135-1295
  • Orfordville Lutheran Church, 210 N Main St.Orfordville, WI, 53576-9793
  • St. James Lutheran Church, 6024 N Columbine Rd, Forreston, IL, 61030
  • St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Rd, Dekalb, IL, 60115-1614
  • United Campus Ministries Northern Illinois University, 900 Normal RdDekalb, IL, 60115-1614
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 405 E 9th Ave, Brodhead, WI, 53520-1102
  • Lutheran Campus Ministry at Northern Illinois University, 401 Normal RdDekalb, IL, 60115-2201
  • St. John UCC, 1010 S Park Blvd, Freeport, IL, 61032-4696If you would like your church or affirming organization added to this list please contact us

Other GLBT Supporting Christian Organizations
The Gay Christian Network- Hosts a weekly internet radio show, offers Bible study resources, prayer support, online sermons, and a supportive community of GLBT Christians from across the theological spectrum. Maintains a list of gay-welcoming churches at WelcomingChurches.com, and hosts an annual conference each January providing opportunities for worship, study, and fellowship.

The Fellowship - The Fellowship is a trans-denominational fellowship of primarily African American Christian leaders and laity representing churches and faith-based organizations from all parts of the country.  The overriding purpose of The Fellowship is to support religious leaders and laity in moving towards a theology of radical inclusivity which, by its very nature, requires an equally radical social ministry reaching to the furthest margins of society to serve all in need without prejudice or discrimination.

Soul Force - The purpose of Soulforce is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.  They have a Anti-GLBT Watch, engage Christian colleges in dialogue, organize conferences, and offer a variety of video and print resources.  Co-founded by Mel White.

HRC's Out in Scripture - Provides weekly insights into the Bible from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight-supportive perspective. Provides faithful and thoughtful help for preachers and other persons of faith as they work for a more compassionate, just and inclusive society.

Whosoever Magazine - Online magazine and sacred space for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians to reclaim, rekindle and grow their relationship with God.

Truth Sets Free - An inclusive, ecumenical Christian outreach to GLBTQ Christians, friends, and family. Developed by the author of the booklet The Bible, Christianity, and Homosexuality which argues the Bible doesn't condemn faithful gay relationships.

Evangelicals Concerned (EC) - Safe place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christians to reconcile and integrate their faith and sexuality. As a non-denominational community, EC encourages spiritual growth for anyone on their journey of faith through conferences, local groups, bible studies, and educational resources.

Gay Church - Contains one of the largest world-wide gay "welcoming" Christian church directories and gay Christian bulletin boards in the world. They have an annual "Welcoming Church Survey" that gives an excellent history and update on the reconciling, affirming, welcoming movement. The site also contains in-depth studies on reconciling ones faith and sexual orientation. Many articles are presented in both English and Spanish.

Christian Lesbians - Proclaims the Good News of Jesus and God's unconditional and abiding love for all people.  Offers information and resources for women presently struggling to reconcile their faith and sexuality. Creates fellowship and support for Christian Lesbians, many of whom feel isolated by living in "the closet" or from having experienced rejection from family, friends and their own church community.

Denomination Specific Organizations:

Lutherans Concerned North America - LC/NA's mission is to embody, inspire, and support the acceptance and full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, their families, friends and allies, within the Lutheran communion and its ecumenical and global partners.

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America - ELCA's journey on issues of human sexuality

Dignity USA - Gay Catholics - working for change through education, advocacy, support

United Church of Christ - 30 yrs Open & Affirming movement (10% of UCC's are O&A)

Affirmation: United Methodists for LGBT Concerns  - Encourages more inclusive policies for GLBT people within the church.

The Reconciling Ministries Network - A coalition of GLBT-inclusive UMC congregations and ministries that offers contact information for GLBT-friendly churches around the United States.

The Fellowship - The Fellowship is a trans-denominational fellowship of primarily African American Christian leaders and laity representing churches and faith-based organizations from all parts of the country.  The overriding purpose of The Fellowship is to support religious leaders and laity in moving towards a theology of radical inclusivity which, by its very nature, requires an equally radical social ministry reaching to the furthest margins of society to serve all in need without prejudice or discrimination.

Baptist (welcoming and affirming congregations)

Catholic  (Dignity USA)

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Lutheran  (reconciling in Christ)

UCC (open and affirming)


Other International Christian Organizations:
Inspiritus  - Dutch
Christian Gays - Canadian
Evangelical Fellowship for Lesbian & Gay Christians  - British


Other Organizations:
National Center for Transgender Equality
If you would like your church or affirming organization added to this list please contact us

We understand how very hard it is for GLTB individuals and those that care about them often to find a caring and true church home.  The following is information on how you can find an open and affirming church in your area.