LGBTQ+ in the Church

In the first century, Jesus of Nazareth inspired a movement. A community of people whose lives were centered on Jesus Christ and committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial, and redemptive love. As Episcopalians, we believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death and resurrection saved the world.

We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being. Ordination and the offices of bishop, priest, and deacon are open to all without discrimination. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

We believe that God loves us all – no exceptions.

“Coming in that first night and having someone say out loud, ‘Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome at this table’ — that was overwhelmingly exactly what I needed to hear.”
Hear testimony from Leigh Foster, an attendee at The Crossing, a Boston church whose primary ministry is providing a welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ folks.



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