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Organizational Partners of IWR

These are our Organization Partners - the Welcoming Church Programs - and the denominations in which they work.

Affirm United

Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble
United Church of Canada

Affirm United/S'affirmer ensemble is an organization of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within The United Church of Canada. We work to provide the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the church and in society. We are a worshipping, pastoral, and prophetic community celebrating the biblical and theological liberation. We believe that all people are created in the image of God and are unconditionally loved by God.

The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists

The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists
American Baptists USA, Alliance of Baptists, and others

Members of the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists (AWAB) are churches, organizations, and individuals who strongly support the welcome and affirmation of all persons without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and who have joined together to advocate for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-questioning persons within Baptist communities of faith.

Integrity

Integrity
The Episcopal Church

Integrity is a nonprofit organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] Episcopalians and our straight friends. Since our founding by Dr. Louie Crew in rural Georgia in 1974, Integrity has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church and our equal access to its rites. However, advocacy is only one facet of our ministry. At the national level and in local chapters and diocesan networks throughout the country, the primary activities are: worship, fellowship, education, communication, outreach, and service to the church.

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More Light Presbyterians
Presbyterian Church (USA)

The national welcoming and affirming network of individuals, families, churches and local chapters working for equality and the embrace of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA). More Light Presbyterians are committed to spiritual, ordination and marriage equality through the building of a Church and society for all God's people.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Open and Affirming Ministries

Open and Affirming Ministries of the Gay, Lesbian & Affirming Disciples (GLAD)
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Open & Affirming Congregations and Ministries have publicly declared that they are committed to including all persons, especially lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons, into their whole life and leadership.

Open and Affirming Programs - UCC

Open and Affirming Program of the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns
United Church of Christ

Open and Affirming (ONA) is the designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the United Church of Christ which make public statements of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Reconciling Ministries Network

Reconciling Ministries Network
United Methodist Church

Reconciling Ministries Network is a national grassroots organization that exists to enable full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of United Methodists, both in policy and practice.

ReconcilingWorks

ReconcilingWorks

In 1984, Lutherans Concerned/North America started the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program to recognize Lutheran congregations that welcome lesbian and gay believers. During the 2002 LC/NA Assembly, members took action to include people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the RIC Program. On June 12, 2012, Lutherans Concerned/North America officially became ReconcilingWorks in order to better reflect the mission, values and goals of our organization, our movement, of Lutheranism, and Christianity.

Room for All

Room for All
Reformed Church in America

Supporting, educating, and advocating for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the life of the Reformed Church in America.

Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests

Supportive Congregation Network of the Brethren/Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests
Church of the Brethren, Mennonite Church USA, and Mennonite Church Canada

A network of Mennonite and Church of the Brethren communities who welcome gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual members. Our goals are to offer support, resources and opportunities for dialogue among congregations that welcome gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual members; encourage meaningful dialogue at the denominational level; and to offer support and resources for individuals who are working toward welcome.

Welcoming Community Network

Welcoming Community Network
Community of Christ

Welcoming Community Network is an international grassroots organization that exists to enable full participation of persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life and ministry of the Community of Christ both in policy and practice.

Organizational Partners

Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists Brethren-Mennonite Council for LGBT Concerns Open and Affirming Ministries of the Gay, Lesbian & Affirming Disciples (GLAD) Integrity Reconciling Works
More Light Presbyterians Open and Affirming Program of the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns (ONA) Reconciling Ministries Network Room for All - Reformed Church in America Welcoming Community Network - Community of Christ