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Progressive Religious Organizations
- Allies Gather
- An informal network connecting and nurturing agents of change in the work to end racism and heterosexism -- especially in communities of faith.
- American Friends Service Committee: LGBT Rights and Recognition
- Founded by Quakers in 1917, the AFSC carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world.
- Bay Area Jewish Healing Center
Bay Area Jewish Healing Center is dedicated to providing Jewish spiritual care to those living with illness, to those caring for the ill, and to the bereaved through direct service, education and training, and information and referral.
Established in 1991 as the nation's first Jewish healing center, Bay Area Jewish Healing Center provides chaplaincy and support services to anyone who wants to see a rabbi, regardless of affiliation or financial resources.
A program of the Institute on Aging, we receive generous support from the Jewish Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, and various foundations and individuals.
- CA Faith for Equality
- To educate, support and mobilize California's faith communities to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and to safeguard religious freedom.
- The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry
- To advance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people and to transform faith communities and the wider society by taking a leading role in shaping a new public discourse on religion and sexuality through education, research, community building and advocacy.
- Christian Alliance for Progress
- The Movement to Reclaim Christianity and Transform American Politics
- Community of Welcoming Congregations
- An Oregon and SW Washington interfaith ministry and advocacy organization working toward full inclusion and equality for transgender, lesbian, bisexual, gay and questioning persons. Our work brings together people of faith who believe in the inherent dignity and worth of every person.
- Covenant Network of Presbyterians
- Toward a church as generous and just as God’s grace.
- Faith In America
- Faith In America, Inc. is a national organization dedicated to the emancipation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from bigotry disguised as religious truth and ending this misuse of religion.
- Fortunate Families
- Catholic Families with Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons
- Hope for Peace & Justice
- Equipping Progressive People of Faith to be Champions for Peace and Justice.
- Human Rights Campaign Religion and Faith Program
- International Conference of Independent Catholic Communities
- Ma'yan Listen for a Change
- Ma'yan is a nonprofit think tank focused on the cultural challenges and identity issues that Jewish teenage girls face in contemporary society. Through research and community events, we work with these girls, their parents, and educators to provide resources that help girls grow into critical, curious, and committed global citizens.
- Network of Spiritual Progressives
- An interfaith movement... welcoming to "spiritual but not religious" secular people as well.
- No Longer Silent: Clergy for Justice
- Sharing an alternative Christian perspective on the issue of homosexuality.
- Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
- Promoting religious tolerance, freedom, and understanding. Describing religious faiths in all their diversity and controversial topics from all points of view.
- Progressive Jewish Alliance
The Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA) was founded in 1999 by Jewish Angelenos seeking to assert an authentic progressive Jewish presence in the campaigns for social justice in Southern California, home to the nation's second largest city and second largest Jewish community. PJA educates, advocates and organizes on issues of peace, equality, diversity and justice, as a progressive voice in the Jewish community and a Jewish voice in the progressive community. Over the past ten years, PJA has created a new model of Jewish community organizing, and has reinvigorated the progressive Jewish landscape in Los Angeles. In February 2005, PJA opened a San Francisco Bay Area chapter - our first expansion.
PJA is a new kind of Jewish organization, one that serves as a vehicle connecting Jews to the critical social justice issues of the day, to the life of the cities in which they live, and to the Jewish tradition of working for tikkun olam. We believe that to kvetch is human, to act…divine. We fight for economic justice by educating Jews about our obligation to stand with the working poor, and then we organize the Jewish community to join in campaigns to improve working conditions and secure a living wage for low-wage workers. We work to reform the criminal justice system and to promote a more just and humane system of restorative, rather than retributive, justice through a ground-breaking program that trains volunteers to mediate between non-violent juvenile offenders and their victims throughout Los Angeles. We work to promote understanding and tolerance by facilitating several tracks of Muslim-Jewish dialogue. We work to ensure Jewish continuity through our two-year Jeremiah Fellowship, an innovative project that trains twenty-somethings to be the next generation of Jewish social justice leaders. And we build a vibrant, creative and engaged community through education programs and quarterly holiday events that explore the intersection of art, culture and politics.
Through organizing around the values of tikkun olam, through encounter with Jewish sources and learning, and through strategic social justice work, we work to create a Jewishly-literate membership that examines core Jewish values in a new way, and to "bring back" to Jewish communal life many individuals who would be otherwise disconnected. Under the rubric "tikkun ha ir, tikkun olam" (repair of the city, repair of the world), we also participate in the broader community coalitions working to build a better California (and America) for all of its inhabitants.
- Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing
- A multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.
- Witherspoon Society
- News and networking for progressive Presbyterians.
- The Witness
- A feisty, independent. provocative, intelligent, feminist voice of Christian social conscience.
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