LGBT Resources > Supportive Faith Communities
Unity Church of Des Moines
414 31st St. (One block south of Grand and 31st)
Des Moines, IA
Performing same-sex unions—call for details
Web site: http://unitychurchdesmoines.com
UU voted for non-discrimination in ministerial employment [for gays and lesbians] in 1980, and in support of the right to marry for same-sex couples in 1996. To find a welcoming congregation, go to: www.uua.org/lgbt/welcoming/program
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
There is no hierarchy among Friends. The Des Moines meeting is in the "unprogrammed" Quaker tradition which means it is without human pastoral leadership or a prepared order of worship. Des Moines Valley Friends affirmed same-sex marriages in the early 1990s, and welcomes seekers of all orientations.
Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting
4211 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312
Web site: http://iymc.org/monthlymeetings
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
In 2009, the ELCA voted to allow gays and lesbians to be ordained. To find Reconciling in Christ (RIC) congregations, go to: www.reconcilingworks.org/ric/ric-congregations-list
In 2011, Presbyterians approved rules to ordain openly gay or lesbian clergy.
To find a Welcoming Church, go to: http://www.mlp.org/index.php?topic=churches
United Church of Christ
UCC first ordained a gay man in 1972. UCC allows such ordinations by default since denomination-wide stances are recommendations, not doctrine. It has several resources for same-sex marriage, and encourages local faith-based conversation around marriage equality. To find Open and Affirming congregations, go to: http://www.ucccoalition.org/programs/ona
In 1996, the Episcopal Church first allowed gays and lesbians to become priests, and in 2012 voted to allow religious blessings for same-sex couples. To find Welcoming congregations, go to: http://www.integrityusa.org
United Methodist Church
Despite many national discussions, the United Methodist Church officially denies ordination to "Self-Avowed Practicing Homosexuals" (unless they remain celibate). To find a Reconciling Congregation, go to www.rmnetwork.org/get-connected/find-a-church/
Congregations listed below have taken an action (such as a vote) to be supportive of gay and lesbian members. A church’s treatment of LGBTs is also reflected in their policies about pastors and gay marriage. A brief interpretation of national church policy on these two topics is included under denomination headings below. Individual congregations range widely in how they adopt those policies.
The number of supportive congregations has grown in recent years. Please notify us of any other congregations in central Iowa who are officially supportive at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Click denomination for list of congregations below.)