January 07, 2007

2006 Welcoming Church Survey

Courtesy of GayChurch.org, here is an overview of where the gay Christian movement stands in the U. S. and Canada regarding participation of churches across denominations (and those not afiliated).

This is a very interesting report, reviewing the recent history of gay Christianity in organized religion and showing data of the increased buy-in the GLBT population is receiving. It also referrs to some of the organizations taking a leading role in the assimilation of gays into mainstream Christianity along with the development of independent gay-affirming churches (like mine).

Here is an excerpt from the report.

The gay Christian movement has undergone massive growth over the past few years with no slowing in sight. Currently the growth is taking place primarily in the UCC congregations, Catholic groups and across Canada (Anglican and United Church of Canada). Non denominational and UMC continue to grow as well. In addition the movement is spreading across numerous denominations and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon especially with the thawing political climate.

Not only is an increasing portion of the GLBT community coming out of the closet, there walking through the doors of a church and hopefully finding a path where they can walk with the Lord.

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