Resources: Welcoming Congregations

Quick Reads

Fahnestock, Della. “Relationships, Not Policies, Make Welcoming Churches: A Case Study in the United Church of Christ.” October 1, 2004. Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry.

The Fellowship.  "12 Steps to Radical Inclusivity." 

Michaelson, Jay. “Why Straight People Go to Gay Synagogues – and What We Can Learn from Them,” Forward.com, June 12, 2009.

Rankin, Jenny. “Standing on the Side of Love: A Sermon on Becoming a Welcoming Congregation.” First Parish (UUA) of Concord, January 30, 2005. Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry.

Bookmarks

Believe Out Loud
http://www.believeoutloud.com

Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, Pacific School of Religion
http://www.clgs.org/

The Fellowship
http://radicallyinclusive.org

Human Rights Campaign Religion and Faith Program
http://www.hrc.org/issues/religion.asp

Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation, Hebrew Union College
http://www.huc.edu/ijso/

Institute for Welcoming Resources, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
http://www.welcomingresources.org

Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity
http://www.jewishmosaic.org/

Other Sheep: Multicultural Ministries with Sexual Minorities
Otras Ovejas: Ministerios Multiculturales con Minorias Sexuales
http://www.othersheep.org/

Unity Fellowship Church Movement
http:www.unityfellowshipchurchmovement.org

Downloads

Building an Inclusive Church: A Welcoming Toolkit. Institute for Welcoming Resources, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Clapp, Steve. Taking a New Look: Why Congregations Need LGBT Members. Fort Wayne, IN: LifeQuest, 2008.

Living Openly In Your Place of Worship. Human Rights Campaign Religion and Faith Program.

Schlager, Bernard. “What Makes a Congregation Welcoming and Affirming,” chapter 4 of With Open Arms: Gay Affirming Ministries in Bay Area Faith Communities (Berkeley: Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, 2004).

Welcoming Congregations in the African American Tradition. National Black Justice Coalition.

References

Haffner, Rev. Debra and Timothy Palmer. Survey of Religious Progressives: A Report on Progressive Clergy Action and Advocacy for Sexual Justice. Religious Institute, 2009. 

Voelkel, Rev. Rebecca. To Do Justice: A Study of Welcoming Congregations. Institute for Welcoming Resources, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 2009.

The Welcoming Congregation Handbook: Resources for Affirming Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and/or Transgender People. Second Edition. Boston: UUA Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Concerns, 1999.

Wenig, Margaret Moers, and Joel Kushner. “Welcoming GLBT Jews into Our Synagogues: A Congregational Self-Study Guide,” in Kulanu: All of Us, A Program and Resource Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Inclusion, eds. R. Address, J. Kushner and G. Mitelman. New York: URJ Press, 2007.