Unitarian Universalist Christianity:
“The Faith of a Unitarian Universalist Christian” by Rev. Stephen Kendrick
For LGBT Christians and Christian Churches Seeking To Be More LGBT Inclusive:
Whosoever: An Online Magazine for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Christians
Whosoever Godcasts: podcast interviews from the “Whosoever” website
“Be Bulletproof: How to Defend Your Faith, Love Your Enemies, and Finally Make Peace With the Bible” free e-book from the “Whosoever” website
What if you belonged to a community where you could be yourself, be loved and grow in your faith? What if you belonged to a community where you knew you’d always be welcomed and not judged for who you love or how you believe? What if you belonged to a community that included not just other lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people of faith, but straight allies, who are working toward the same goal of full inclusion as you are?
If this is the kind of community you’re looking for, then you belong in the Whosoever Community. Since 1996, Whosoever has been the premiere online magazine for LGBT Christians and has provided years of deep and inspiring spiritual writing for our community. We have helped many LGBT people reconcile their faith and their spirituality, and our new Whosoever Community will focus on helping LGBT Christians go further in their faith. This new Whosoever Community is a safe and sacred place where LGBT Christians — and their straight allies — can come together to talk, pray, laugh, learn and support one another. In this community, you are invited to be yourself, be loved and grow in faith.
Institute for Welcoming Resources
Resources page for the Institute for Welcoming Resources
Includes Transgender specific information
“Denominational representatives of the Welcoming Church Movement created IWR in November 2002. The purpose of this ecumenical group is to provide the resources to facilitate a paradigm shift in multiple denominations whereby churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.”
“TransAction: A Transgender Curriculum for Churches and Religious Institutions”
“Too often transgender people looking for a place to worship can’t find one to call their spiritual home because most congregations and religious institutions are not ready to welcome them as their companions in faith,” says the Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, Institute for Welcoming Resources and faith work director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Yet, many transgender people of faith are searching for the same things that other believers want: a loving community where worship and working for equality and justice are the focus of their faith experience. transACTION is designed to help churches and institutions address this issue of understanding and welcome by providing step-by-step training about the needs, apprehensions and fears of transgender people as well as the wealth of gifts and graces they bring – while responding to the concerns of the church or religious institution.”
“Gender Identity and Our Faith Communities: A Congregational Guide for Transgender Advocacy”
“Gender Identity and Our Faith Communities is based on the contributions of transgender people, their families and clergy. Drawing on a wide array of personal experiences, religious and cultural analysis, and diverse faith journeys, it will empower people of faith with the knowledge and skills necessary to transform their communities and congregations into welcoming environments. Even more than this, though, our hope is that this curriculum will turn participants into advocates for transgender rights. The transgender community is one of the most discriminated against and least understood segments of our population. They are disproportionately targeted for violent hate crimes; they suffer regularly from the most severe forms of job discrimination and are far too often shunned by their families and faith communities.” Both the report and audio files pertaining to it can be downloaded from this link.
Progressive Christian Alliance Blog
Description form the site: “Jesus’s central message is about radical inclusion, thus we welcome anyone to participate in our fellowship without judgment or forcing them to conform to our “likeness” or affirm our creeds in order to be accepted. We invite and offer all a place at the table – no exceptions.”
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