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

On Defunding And Investigating Planned Parenthood

WHEREAS, Scripture clearly affirms the sanctity of human life throughout all stages of development (Psalm 139:13–16); and WHEREAS, God abhors the shedding of innocent blood and requires His people to do all in their power…

AFFIRMING GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS REGARDING SEXUAL ORIENTATION

Resolved: To receive with gratitude the memorial from the Florida-Bahamas Synod related to Affirming Global Human Rights and Non-discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation; and To call upon the churchwide organization to continue to speak out…

On Biblical Sexuality And The Freedom Of Conscience

WHEREAS, In the beginning God created male and female in His image as the crowning act of Creation (Genesis 1:26–27); and WHEREAS, Marriage is between one man and one woman, ordered by God toward the…

Pornography

Scripture teaches that humans are created in God’s image and that we are accountable to God through right relationship. Sexual images can celebrate the goodness of human sexuality through positive depiction in art, literature, and…

Abortion

The beginning of life and the ending of life are the God-given boundaries of human existence. While individuals have always had some degree of control over when they would die, they now have the awesome…

Qualifications for Ordination

While persons set apart by the Church for ordained ministry are subject to all the frailties of the human condition and the pressures of society, they are required to maintain the highest standards of holy…

Marriage

We affirm the sanctity of the marriage covenant that is expressed in love, mutual support, personal commitment, and shared fidelity between a man and a woman. We believe that God’s blessing rests upon such marriage,…

Bullying

Bullying is a growing problem in parts of the connection. It is a contributing factor in suicide and in the violence we see in some cultures today. We affirm the right of all people, regardless…

Archiepiscopal Directive On Same-Sex Marriage

Christ is in our Midst! At the recently concluded meeting of the hierarchs of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the attached directive was reviewed and approved for distribution to all of our…

Amend Canon I.18 Marriage

View statement online Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That Canon I.18 is hereby amended to read as follows: CANON 18: Of the Solemnization of Holy Matrimony Canon 18: Of the Celebration and Blessing of Marriage…