The Denominational Statements Database collects the most up-to-date information about the official positions of all major U.S. religious denominations on sexuality-related issues. We hope clergy, theologians, seminarians, religious educators, congregational committees, journalists, and people of faith will find this resource useful as a tool for discernment, research, and programming.

Each entry consists of the full text (or excerpt) of a denomination’s position on a particular issue and, in some cases,a link to the original source.

This Denominational Statement Database is continually evolving, and  new statements are added regularly. We encourage you to notify us of any denominational statements that have not yet been updated or included. This database is for informational purposes only. All content remains copyright of the denomination by which it was written.

How to use the Denominational Statements search:

  • The two dropdown menus are interactive. The first corresponds to denominations and the second to issues. By default, every denominational statement is displayed below.
  • If you are looking for a specific denomination’s position(s) on a specific issue, make a selection in both menus.
  • To see all statements from one particular denomination, make a selection only in the first menu.
  • To see all statements on a particular issue, make a selection only in the second menu.
  • Because of differences in theology and polity, many denominations do not have official policies on every issue included here.

We encourage you to notify us of any relevant denominational statements that have not yet been included. Also, if you are a member of a denomination which has recently changed or updated its policy, please let us know.

Denomination

Issue

Inclusion of Transgender People

CO54 Resolved,That the479th General Convention affirm the following guiding principles for the inclusion of transgender and non-binary people and urge that the Dioceses of the Episcopal Church prayerfully consider adopting and implementing the following guiding…

Bias-Free and Expansive Language for God and Humanity

Resolved, That the 79th General Convention acknowledges as has the Society of Biblical Literature Book of Style, that “bias-free language respects all cultures, peoples, and religions” and encourages the use of inclusive and expansive language…

Proposed Guidelines for Amending Church Records

1. Resolved, That the 79th General Convention appreciates the contribution of the TransEpiscopal community in articulating the need to change church records in keeping with an individual’s gender identity; and be it further 2.Resolved, that the…

Supporting Transgender Access

C022 Supporting Transgender Access Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church reaffirm its support for the enactment of laws at the local, state and federal level that…

Recognizing and Ending Domestic Violence in our Congregations

Resolved, That the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church continue to speak out clearly against all forms of domestic violence as it has done in the past; and be it further Resolved, That the 79th…

Establish Task Force to Oversee Creation of Training Materials

Resolved, That this 79th General Convention direct the Executive Council to establish a Task Force pursuant to Canon I.1.2.(o) to create and implement new safe church training materials to be developed during the next triennium…

Funding for Safe Church Training

Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That this 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church commits itself to the financial support of developing and maintaining safe church training materials to reflect the Model Policies for…

Create Task Force on Sexual Harassment

Resolved, That the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church declares that sexual harassment of adults by clergy, church employees and church members are abuses of trust, a violation of the Baptismal Covenant, contrary to…

On Abuse

ON ABUSE WHEREAS, God has created every person—male and female—in His own image and with equal value and dignity (Genesis 1:26–27); and WHEREAS, God abhors violence against the weak and defenseless and calls His people…

Resolution on Student on Student Sexual Violence in Schools (URJ)

Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, NFTY- The Reform Jewish Youth Movement, Women of Reform Judaism, and Men of Reform Judaism PROPOSED RESOLUTION ON STUDENT ON STUDENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS Submitted to the…