In 1976, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church declared that “homosexual persons are children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern and care of the Church" (1976-A069). Since then, faithful Episcopalians have been working toward a greater understanding and radical inclusion of all of God’s children. Indeed, the Diocese of Western North Carolina is committed to the leadership, ministry, equality and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning Episcopalians and their families.
Below are resources for you to connect with welcoming congregations and advocate for LGBTQ persons in our communities.
Integrity USA is an Episcopal LGBTQ organization that seeks to proclaim and embody the all-inclusive love of God through worship, education, and advocacy.
Q Christian Fellowship is a non-denomination network to advocate, educate and support churches on actively welcoming and including LGBTQ persons in their faith community.
Images from Asheville Pride 2018.