To the LGBT+ community in Springfield, these churches welcome you with open arms

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Each of these congregations (or their pastors) expressed explicit support for the No Repeal campaign. As this list shows, the number of welcoming pastors and churches continues to significantly grow here in Springfield!**

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Brentwood Christian Church

The Community Church

Grace United Methodist

National Avenue Christian Church

South Street Christian Church

First Unitarian Universalist Church

Unity of Springfield

The Venues

Community Christian Church

The Commons Community

St. John’s Chapel United Church of Christ

Unity Spiritual Center

Non-Christian neighbors who are welcoming:

Temple Israel – A Jewish presence in the Ozarks
5910 S Farm Rd 193
Rogersville, MO 65742

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**Note: If you would like to add a congregation to this list, please ask a member of the church leadership team to send an official email request to spfdcdr@gmail.com stating that their congregation wishes to be listed on this website as an open and affirming congregation. We want to make sure church leadership wishes to be listed, as there are important and significant differences between being a welcoming church and being an affirming church. (There was some previous confusion regarding listed churches, so we are taking this extra precaution in order to honor the wishes of each church). Thank you for understanding.

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14 thoughts on “To the LGBT+ community in Springfield, these churches welcome you with open arms

  1. North Point Church does as well. Our lead pastor, Jeremy Johnson, has spoken out and offered to help anyone who faces discrimination due to the repeal.

    • **Note: If you would like to add a congregation to this list, please ask a member of the church leadership team to send an official email request to spfdcdr@gmail.com stating that their congregation wishes to be listed on this website as an open and affirming congregation. We want to make sure church leadership wishes to be listed, as there are important and significant differences between being a welcoming church and being an affirming church. (There was some previous confusion regarding listed churches, so we are taking this extra precaution in order to honor the wishes of each church). Thank you for understanding.

  2. All three Episcopal churches in Springfield are welcoming, and have been for several years.
    Christ Church on Walnut,
    St. John’s on Division, and
    St. James on Southern Hills.

    • **Note: If you would like to add a congregation to this list, please ask a member of the church leadership team to send an official email request to spfdcdr@gmail.com stating that their congregation wishes to be listed on this website as an open and affirming congregation. We want to make sure church leadership wishes to be listed, as there are important and significant differences between being a welcoming church and being an affirming church. (There was some previous confusion regarding listed churches, so we are taking this extra precaution in order to honor the wishes of each church). Thank you for understanding.

    • **Note: If you would like to add a congregation to this list, please ask a member of the church leadership team to send an official email request to spfdcdr@gmail.com stating that their congregation wishes to be listed on this website as an open and affirming congregation. We want to make sure church leadership wishes to be listed, as there are important and significant differences between being a welcoming church and being an affirming church. (There was some previous confusion regarding listed churches, so we are taking this extra precaution in order to honor the wishes of each church). Thank you for understanding.

    • **Note: If you would like to add a congregation to this list, please ask a member of the church leadership team to send an official email request to spfdcdr@gmail.com stating that their congregation wishes to be listed on this website as an open and affirming congregation. We want to make sure church leadership wishes to be listed, as there are important and significant differences between being a welcoming church and being an affirming church. (There was some previous confusion regarding listed churches, so we are taking this extra precaution in order to honor the wishes of each church). Thank you for understanding.

    • **Note: If you would like to add a congregation to this list, please ask a member of the church leadership team to send an official email request to spfdcdr@gmail.com stating that their congregation wishes to be listed on this website as an open and affirming congregation. We want to make sure church leadership wishes to be listed, as there are important and significant differences between being a welcoming church and being an affirming church. (There was some previous confusion regarding listed churches, so we are taking this extra precaution in order to honor the wishes of each church). Thank you for understanding.

  3. I love that these churches are openly welcoming everyone. I would only ask that leaders consider, when speaking on inclusion and love, not to mention adulterers, murderers, etc. as if those of the LGBT community are committing comparable sins, but God loved them anyway and so should we (so maybe through us, God can change them). Every time I hear someone religious clump LGTB folks in with the others, it makes me cringe. If I were in the LGBT community and I heard one of those sermons, where I was clumped in with murderers, etc. that God loved “anyway”… I would just get up and leave. Not meaning to be cryptic, just acknowledging something that happens. This kind of backhanded love isn’t loving, it’s painful. Let’s love each other.

    • Yes, indeed. The pastors at these churches are affirming and not simply welcoming. Generally speaking, the difference between being welcoming and being affirming is that a welcoming church or pastor welcomes LGBT+ people to participate, yet with the theological understanding that homosexuality is sinful. By contrast, an affirming church or pastor welcomes LGBT+ people to participate with the theological understanding that homosexuality is not sinful.

    • Thank you, Rebecca. Those messages always fall a little short of the gospel for me, too. Our job is to share God’s love, not to decide who’s worthy of it.

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