Welcoming Community Network

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Stand firm in the name of the One you proclaim and create diverse communities of disciples and seekers, rejoicing in the continuing fulfillment of the call to this people to prophetically witness in the name of Jesus Christ. Doctrine & Covenants 161:6a
Establish signal communities of justice and peace that reflect the vision of Christ. Doctrine & Covenants 163:5a

Below is contact information and welcoming statements for Community of Christ congregations and ministries that have joined the Welcoming Community Network. These organizations have publicly declared themselves welcoming & affirming of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and familiies, and that they are committed to including persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities into their whole life and leadership.

Big Rapids Community of Christ

906 Olaf Street
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Web site: Community of Christ Big Rapids
Contact: Dave Cushway - 231-598-4317
Noelle Gaffka - 989-339-0064

Big Rapids

We welcome EVERYONE into our fellowship and uphold the dignity and worth of each person. We extend the love of Jesus Christ to all who are marginalized for any reason such as age, race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation,,education, socio-economic status, political viewpoint, immigration status, gender identity, disability, national origin, or religious belief.

Buffalo-Clarence Community of Christ

5030 Thompson Road
Buffalo, NY 14031

Contact: Nathan Phillips-Frey
Web Site: Buffalo-Clarence Community of Christ

Buffalo-Clarence

Whoever you are, or wherever you are on lifeís journey, you are welcome here!

Clearwater Community of Christ

1740 North Highland Avenue
Clearwater, Florida

Web page: Clearwater Community of Christ
Contact: Mark Dixon

Clearwwater

Who is welcome here ?

If you are Asian, Hispanic, Black or White…
If you are male, female or transgender…
If you are three days old, 30 years old or 103 years old…
If you've never stepped foot in a church; or attend church regularly…
If you are single, married, divorced, separated or partnered…
If you are straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual…
If you are affiliated with a political party not registered to vote…
If you have, or had, addictions, phobias, abortions or a criminal record…
If you own your home, rent or are homeless…
If you are fully-abled, disabled or a person of differing abilities…

You are welcome here!

You are welcome here because you are a child of God. You are worthy of God's love and grace. By the grace of God, made known in Christ Jesus, NO THING that you have done, feel, are, believe or will do, can change that.

We are committed to being a thoroughly loving and welcoming community of faith, centered in the Good News of Jesus Christ. We support the full participation of all persons in every phase of church life. Through education and informal discussion, we will strive to better understand those who are different from us, and to fulfill our mission of fostering peace and reconciliation for all people.

Therefore, in faithfulness to the Gospel and our Community of Christ heritage, and to the best of our ability, we promise to provide programs, ministries and pastoral care to all who seek God in this place.

Cornerstone Community of Christ

1316 S. Osage St.
Independence, MO 64055
816-521-4074


Cornerstone

We welcome ALL to our congregation and uphold the dignity and worth of all persons. We extend the love of Jesus Christ to everyone including those who are marginalized for any reason such as: age, race, gender, education, marital status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political viewpoint, immigration status, gender identity, disability, national origin or religious belief.

East Lansing Community of Christ

1628 E Grand River
East Lansing, MI 48823

Services and activities on most Sundays at 6 pm. Please check in advance for details.

Contacts: Co-Pastor Mary Ashley, nanabearashley@gmail.com
Co-Pastor Sam Bellnger, samuelwbellinger@gmail.com

We welcome EVERYONE and uphold the dignity and worth of each person. We seek to find strength and unity in diversity. This is a safe and welcoming community that extends the love of Jesus Christ to all.

Fort Collins Community of Christ

220 East Oak Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: (970) 482-9206

(effective September 11)
9:45 a.m. Classes
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship

Web site: Fort Collins Community of Christ
Contact: FortCollins@CofChristRM.org

Ft. Collins

We welcome ALL to our congregation and uphold the dignity and worth of all persons. We extend the love of Jesus Christ to everyone including those who are marginalized for any reason such as: age, race, gender, education, marital status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political viewpoint, immigration status, gender identity, disability, national origin or religious belief.

Greenwood Community of Christ

1695 East Orchard Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80121
Phone: 303-798-7036


9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Fellowship 10:45 a.m. Community Time 11:00 a.m. Worship

Web site: Greenwood Community of Christ

Ft. Collins

All Are Welcome
In response to God's call, as exemplified by the love of Jesus Christ, Greenwood Village Community of Christ welcomes every person, including those who are marginalized for any reason, such as age, disability, education, gender expression, gender identity, health, immigration status, marital status, national origin, political viewpoint, race, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. We commit to learning about the causes and consequences of marginalization in our world and acting to uphold the dignity and worth of every person.

Lombard Community of Christ

405 S. Westmore Ave.
Lombard, IL 60148
Phone: 630-620-9077
Meets:

  • Classes 9:00 a.m.
  • Worship 10:15 a.m.
  • Lombard(cell group) 6:30 p.m.
  • Naperville(cell group) 7:00 p.m. (Thursday)

Web site: Lombard Community of Christ

Lombard

As the body of Christ, our mission is to help develop the likeness of Christ in each person. We embrace an unconditional love for all and affirm the worth of each person, no matter their economic status, social class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental ability, or ethnicity. We seek to develop within ourselves and our communities a faithful relationship with God. We invite everyone to join us in seeking a life reconciled to God.

Minneapolis Community of Christ

4847 Emerson Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55430

Contact: Mike Rasmusson
Web Site: Community of Christ - Minneapolis
Phone: 612-708-1962

Minneapolis Comunity of Christ

We welcome LGBTQ+ people and their families as full and valued participants in the life of the church.

Ogden Community of Christ

848 7th St
Ogden, Utah 84404
Phone:801-648-5740

Contact: Robert Cadman, Pastor

Ogden Community of Christ

As Ogden Community of Christ, we proclaim Jesus Christ, Godís love, grace and generosity. We affirm the worth of all persons and welcome you to a safe community of joy, hope, love, and peace. We are a Welcoming Community Network congregation who want to share in blessings of community with a unity in diversity of all people, regardless of any element of humanity created by God, in the sacredness of creation as we share in the pursuit of peace for all.

OnEdge Ministries

Chicago, IL

Web site: OnEdge Ministries
Contact: Brian Ober

On Edge

A cell group-based congregation in Chicago for folks that struggle with the formalities of church. It's a church for folks that do not like church :-)

Many people struggle to find relevance or authenticity in places traditional worship. Many people find church to be boring and predictable. Many people find themselves left out of the worship experience.

This is not acceptable.... A new vision and approach is needed.

Welcome to OnEdge Ministries!!!!! OnEdge Ministries is a Chicago-based ministry that focuses on our young adults (18-30). In OnEdge Ministries, all that we do (from our worship to get togethers) focus on the following:

  • Creating an environment where ALL people feel loved and accepted (regardless of race, financial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, past mistakes, etc)
  • Developing a relationship with a God of unconditional love
  • Helping others learn about a God that loves them
  • Building strong relationships with peers
  • Open and honest communication and a genuine caring for others
  • The fact that our actions are required to make this world a more loving and gracious place
Open Arms Community of Christ

1021 W College
Independence MO 64050
Contact: Dave Winship, Co-pastor or Shawn Mallas, Co-pastor

Web site: Open Arms Community of Christ
Open Arms Community of Christ

We believe that we all need God's unconditional love and grace, that all are of worth and all are welcome, and that no person should be denied this. All are welcome here with open arms, minds, hearts, and souls. We are all children of God! We celebrate the diversity of human life and believe in the respect and dignity of everyone. We value the diversity of economic status, social class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental ability, cultural identity, and ethnicity. We promote the full inclusion of all people to a place where they can share in community without fear.

Our ministry is to each day try to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and share in this journey with everyone. Come and be welcomed!

Open Door Community of Christ

Laycock Street
Mount Pleasant, NSW Australia
02-9897-0909
Web Site: TheOpenDoor.org.au

Open Door

The Open Door, where you are accepted for who God created you to be...

The Open Door is a rainforest of diversity, where our cultural, religious, and attitudinal differences give us colour and strength as we become interconnected in love for one another through Christ.

The Open Door is for people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. The Open Door is open to everyone.

Orlando Community of Christ

1006 Clay Street
Winter Park, Florida 32789
(407) 644-2395
Contact: orlando.communityofchrist@gmail.com
Web Site: Orlando Community of Christ

Orlando Community of Christ

Orlando Community of Christ is committed to becoming a welcoming community of faith which embraces diversity and unity in loving, caring relationships. We welcome you regardless of your age, race, gender identity, gender expression, education, marital status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political viewpoint, immigration status, physical or mental ability, national origin, religious belief or life situation. We are committed to engaging in the challenge of creating community out of diversity. You are welcome to find a home here and join us on our journey of creating a nurturing home for all.

Otter Lake Community of Christ

4469 Otter Lake Rd.
Otter Lake, MI 48464


Contact: Lisa Meyer, Pastor
Website: Otter Lake Community of Christ
Phone: (810) 793-1884

We are a community called by Christ to radically welcome, love, and share peace with ALL.
You are welcome if:

  • You are Asian, Hispanic, Black or White . . .
  • You are male, female or transgender . . .
  • You are three days old, 30 years old or 103 years old . . .
  • You've never stepped foot in a church or attend church regularly . . .
  • You are single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered . . .
  • You are straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual . . .
  • You are affiliated with a political party or not registered to vote . . .
  • You have, or had, addictions, phobias, abortions, or a criminal record . . .
  • You own your home, rent or are homeless . . .
  • You are fully-abled, disabled or a person of differing abilities . . .
ALL have a place at God's table. We are commUNITY.

Salem Community of Christ

4570 Center St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 378-0633
Contact: Margaret Polly and Eric Richards

Salem

We are a Welcoming and Affirming Congregation that feeds the hungry — physically, emotionally and spiritually

Salt Lake City Community of Christ

2747 Craig Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Phone: 801.278.7464
Website: Salt Lake City Community of Christ
Contact: Blair White

Salt Lake City Community of Christ

The Salt Lake City Community of Christ is an open and welcoming congregation. We extend God's shalom to all regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, nationality, ethnicity, diverse abilities, marital status, political affiliation, religious belief, age, or economic status. We recognize the worth of all persons, and find strength and unity in diversity. All are welcome in this place.

San Francisco Community of Christ

275 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 759-9488
Contact: Keith Carter
Web page: San Francisco Community of Christ

SF Church

Striving to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, we promote communities of joy, hope, love and peace. All are welcome with open arms, minds, hearts and souls. We are all children of God and we celebrate the diversity of human life. We promote full-inclusion of all people to a place where they can share without fear. Welcome Home!

Southern Utah Community of Christ

611 N 2450 E
St. George, UT
251-802-3759
Contact: Emily Rose
Web page: Southern Utah Community of Christ

The Southern Utah Community of Christ congregation is a welcoming community centered on the Enduring Principle of the Worth of All Persons. We seek to uphold and restore the worth of all people individually and in community, challenging unjust systems that diminish human worth. We invite people of all ages, creeds, disabilities, family backgrounds, gender identities and expressions, races, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses to worship with us and participate in the life of our community. We believe that doubt is a part of faith, and wherever you find yourself on your spiritual journey, we welcome you here.

Our congregation was founded in December 2015 in response to the LDS Church's Exclusion Policy, which denied church ordinances to children of same sex couples. Community of Christ offers full membership to LGBTQIA+ people and their families. This means full participation in all sacraments, including marriage and ordination. In Southern Utah Community of Christ, we extend an extravagant welcome to all, including LGBTQIA+ individuals. We are committed to working within the broader community to further social justice.

Please lend your individuality to our congregation. We need your wisdom and extend to you our love.

St. Paul Community of Christ

2475 East Skillman Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55109
612-770-5583
Web page: St. Paul Community of Christ

St. Paul

We welcome all without regard to race, sex, socio-economic status, age, mental or physical ability, marital status or sexual orientation.

The Place/H.A.R.T. Ministries

Meets at:
Broadway Healing Center
3930 Broadway
Kansas City, MO
Phone: 816-510-3340
Pastor: Heather Atkins
Co-Pastor: Paul Lucero
Contact: Michele Dunlap

The Place/H.A.R.T.

The Place/H.A.R.T. (Healing And Restoring Together) Ministries is a safe, accepting community for all persons to find healing for body, mind, spirit, emotions, and relationships. We will intentionally reach out to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, ethnic backgrounds, diverse living situations, socioeconomic status, and those still struggling with addictive lifestyles.

Walnut Creek Community of Christ

1786 Second Avenue
Walnut Creek CA 94596
(925) 939-3595
Contact: Gail Ronneberg
Web page: Walnut Creek Community of Christ

Walnut Creek

As faithful followers of Jesus Christ, we proclaim God's love and grace. We affirm the worth of all people and welcome you to a safe community of Joy, Hope, Love and Peace. We are a "Welcoming Community Network" congregation (LGBT Included).

Washington DC Community of Christ

3526 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia
(202) 333-6052

Contact: contact@cofchristdc.org
Web page: Washington DC Community of Christ

Washington DC Community of Christ

"For everyone born, a place at our table.

Striving to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, we promote communities of joy, hope, love and peace. We welcome you no matter your age, race, gender identity, gender expression, education, marital status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political viewpoint, immigration status, physical or mental ability, national origin or religious belief. You are welcome with open arms, minds, hearts and souls. We are all children of God and we celebrate the diversity of human life. We strive for full-inclusion of all people to live without fear and simply be.

Welcome Home!"


Additional congregations that had also declared themselves welcoming and affirming, but are no longer meeting:

  • Basileia: An Open Door Community of Christ, Southern California
  • Belmont Community of Christ, Belmont, CA
  • Berkley Peace Center, Berkley, CA
  • Disciples Community of Christ, Independence, MO
  • Kansas City Peace Center, Kansas City, MO
  • Lakeview Community of Christ, Chicago, IL
  • Stonewall: An Open and Affirming Ministry of Norton Heights Community of Christ


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