Creating Change In Churches
A number of organizations are working toward the full welcome and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in Christian churches. Many are focused on particular Christian denominations. Here is a sample of these organizations. If you would like us to add an organization, email:
All One Body (working in the Christian Reformed Church)
www.facebook.com – search “All One Body”
All One Body is a new group of individuals in West Michigan working toward the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members in their Christian Reformed Church homes.
Believe Out Loud
Believe Out Loud is a collaborative project of the nation’s leading religious and secular LGBT organizations working to accelerate the movement among Christians toward the full inclusion of LGBT people in the Christian community. Its website is packed with resources and lists of educational events.
Dignity USA (working in the Roman Catholic Church)
Dignity USA envisions and works for a time when gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics are affirmed and experience dignity through the integration of their spirituality with their sexuality, and as beloved persons of God participate fully in all aspects of life within Church and Society.
Room for All (working in the Reformed Church in America)
Room for All was founded to support, to educate and to advocate for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in all aspects of the life and ministry of the Reformed Church in America as compelled by the inclusive love of God revealed to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Room for All organizes national conferences as well as regional workshops and other gatherings. See its website for regional gatherings in Holland and Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information about the Grand Rapids Room For All group, email Jan Koopman at email@example.com.
The National Black Justice Coalition
The NBJC is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. NBJC’s mission is to end racism and homophobia. NBJC envisions a world where all people are fully-empowered to participate safely, openly and honestly in family, faith and community, regardless of race, gender identity or sexual orientation. See “Welcoming Congregations in the African American Tradition” in the website’s Resources section.
The Institute for Welcoming Resources
The Institute for Welcoming Resources (IWR) is a national, ecumenical collaboration of the Welcoming Church Movement, sponsored by organizational partners working in nearly a dozen Christian denominations toward the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons.
See the IWR’s website for a multitude of resources as well as information about conferences and trainings for building a welcoming church.
IRW organizational partners include:
Reconciling Ministries Network (working in the United Methodist Church)
Association of Welcoming Baptists
Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Interests
GLAD Alliance (working in the Christian Church—Disciples of Christ)
Reconciling in Christ—a program of Lutherans Concerned
More Light Presbyterians
Open and Affirming—a program of the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns
Room for All (working in the Reformed Church in America)
The Welcoming Community Network (working in the Community of Christ)
Faith & Sexuality Series: Engaging our Sacred Texts
Join us for a Faith & Sexuality Series during our GRITS adult meetings on Wednesday evenings during the month of February. This series will be lead by Gregory Eran Gronbacher, a gay Jewish man with a passion for theological study and discourse.
We will be encouraged to engage the Scriptures in new ways and glean from the perspectives of one another. This series is sponsored by the Gay Christian? Yes! campaign and GIFT. It is free and open to the public!
Dates: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, and 2/26
Location: 207 E. Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(Turn North onto Barclay, turn into the top parking lot and head down to the bottom parking lot. The door is closest to the sidewalk on Fulton.)
Identify. Tell me why. GCY!
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Using YouTube (or another preferred video hosting site), you record a web or phone cam video of yourself. Just tell us who you are. LGBT+? Ally?
Tell me why.
Explain why the “Gay Christian? Yes!” message resonates with you. What is your story? How do you find yourself reconciling your spiritual walk, your involvement in a church community, and the various other aspects of your humanity? Allies too! What message of hope can you offer your Christian LGBT friends and neighbors?
Affirm that you are among those who unconditionally recognize the sacred worth of each person and fully welcome all into the life and community of the church by saying “Gay Christian? Yes!” and/or by making a whimsical sign with the GCY name and website to hold up at the end of your video
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