Resources For Churches



Is your parish welcoming of LGBT people?  Would you like it to be?  The Believe Out Loud Episcopal Congregation program leads you through a process of discernment that will result in your parish adopting an LGBT-specific welcoming statement and registering on our website.


DVDs:

For the Bible Tells Me So
Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families -- including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson – this film explores how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard's Peter Gomes, For the Bible Tells Me So offers healing, clarity and understanding. Click here for more information.

Love Free or Die
Documentary follows Bishop Gene Robinson’s personal story as American churches debate whether or not lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God. Click here for more information.

Out of the Box
A groundbreaking documentary giving voice to the witness of transgender people of faith. Click here for more information.


Very Helpful Resources:

This page of the national church web site offers links to a variety of resources and documents.

The purpose of this ecumenical group is to provide the resources to facilitate a paradigm shift in multiple denominations whereby churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. IWR wants to help build church homes that are truly welcoming and nurturing, where everyone knows “they're okay, just like they are.

Drawing upon thirty years of experience within a variety of Christian denominations, this Toolkit is a step-by-step guide to help facilitate a Welcoming Process in your congregation. Biblically and theologically based, it uses tools of relational organizing, congregational assessment, conflict management and change theory.