Affirming Faith Communities/Denominations
There are some faith communities (or denominations) that have officially communicated their affirmations of God’s inclusive Grace. We’ve highlighted these denominations on this page, for more information on a welcoming, safe, and open church near you Find a Church for an interactive map.
It is important to note that we cannot describe all of the theologies that may be present in these denominations here, and a local church may not subscribe to their denominational instruction, use the Find a Church tool to ensure that the church near you is subscribing to affirming theologies and behaviors.
|Faith Community/Denomination||Affirmation||Marriage Equality|
|Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
“Open and Affirming” Congregations/GLAD Alliance
|Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada||Yes||Yes|
|Presbyterian Church (USA)*
“More Light Presbyterians”
|Church of Sweden||Yes||Yes|
|Church of Denmark||Yes||Yes|
|Church of Iceland||Yes||Yes|
|Church of Norway||Yes||Yes|
|Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland||Yes||No|
|United Church of Canada||Yes||Yes|
|United Church of Christ
“Open and Affirming” Congregations
|Friends General Conference (Quakers)**||Yes||Yes|
|Metropolitan Community Churches**||Yes||Yes|
|United Methodist Church***||No||No|
|Baptist (most traditions)
“Welcoming and Affirming Baptists”
*Denomination also ordains LGBTQ+ folks.
**Quakers do not have ‘clergy’ in a traditional sense, but support LGBTQ+ leaders.
*** The United Methodist church is not open and/or affirming, however some local congregations have become reconciling ministry sites, and advocate for safety, equality, and openness throughout the denominations. More information can be found at the Reconciling Ministries Network site.