Faith In Equality

Faith In Equality

Love Is a Family Value

Faith has this almost unparalleled ability to bring people from all walks of life together in the name of love. LGBTQ people of faith need to be respected and included in their faith communities, just as they need respect and acceptance in wider society.

SC Equality’s Faith in Equality program was created as a provider of information and resource materials to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth and their families who are seeking to overcome the stigma and misunderstanding that can negatively impact the emotional, psychological as well as spiritual well-being of both youth and those around them.

A young person growing up in America faces a world of possibilities. It should be a time of celebration, filled with hope and wonder. Unfortunately in some cases, a young gay person faces fear, challenges, obstacles and confusion. It shouldn’t be that way. But more often than not, being gay presents one or more of these difficulties.

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While gay people can and do lead very normal and fulfilled lives, there is a history of stigma and hostility toward gay people in our society and across the world. Often, such negative and hurtful attitudes are rooted in traditional religious teachings about sexual orientation. These teachings have helped create a social climate in which many people simply do not understand how hurtful it is when a religious or moral stamp of disapproval is placed on a person’s life.

Many children, as well as adults who remember their own childhood, can relate to how painful it is to be made to feel inferior because of a number of reasons – the way we dress, physical appearance, economic status or some other reason.

However, in almost all these cases there is never a stamp of approval given to such mistreatment of others. In fact, just the opposite is true. Most everyone would agree that looking down upon someone for such reasons is simply not the way we want to treat others, and reflects the opposite of the good character we hope to instill in ourselves.

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Affirming Churches in South Carolina

Affirming as meaning the church does not view homosexuality in and of itself as a sin, and therefore they would welcome and treat a homosexual person no differently than any other person who walked through their church doors seeking Christ.

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Affirming Churches in South Carolina

Affirming as meaning the church does not view homosexuality in and of itself as a sin, and therefore they would welcome and treat a homosexual person no differently than any other person who walked through their church doors seeking Christ.

North Anderson Community Church Anderson, SC Presbyterian Church (USA)
Reconciling Affirming Ministries Bluffton, SC Pentecostal
St. Margarets Episcopal Church Boiling Springs, SC Episcopal Church
Circular Congregational Church Charleston, SC United Church of Christ
Metropolitan Community Church Charleston Charleston, SC Metropolitan Community Church
Second Presbyterian Church Charleston, SC Presbyterian Church (USA)
St. Johannes Lutheran Church Charleston, SC Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
St. Marks Episcopal Church Charleston, SC Episcopal Church
Unity Fellowship Church Charleston Charleston, SC Unity Fellowship Church Movement
New Church Clemson, SC The Fellowship
Peace Congregational Church UCC Clemson, SC United Church of Christ
Church of the Cross Columbia, SC Episcopal Church
Ebenezer Lutheran Church Columbia, SC Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Garden of Grace United Church of Christ Columbia, SC United Church of Christ
Gethsemane Lutheran Church Columbia, SC Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Reformation Lutheran Church Columbia, SC Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
St. Davids Episcopal Church Columbia, SC Episcopal Church
St. Lukes Episcopal Church Columbia, SC Episcopal Church
St. Martins-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church Columbia, SC Episcopal Church
St. Timothys Episcopal Church Columbia, SC Episcopal Church
Washington Street United Methodist Church Columbia, SC United Methodist Church
Cross and Crown Lutheran Church Florence, SC Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Crossroads Lutheran Church Fort Mill, SC Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Grace Presbyterian Church Fort Mill, SC Presbyterian Church (USA)
New Heights Baptist Church Gaffney, SC Baptist (Independent)
Christ the King Lutheran Church Greenville, SC Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Dunean United Methodist Church Greenville, SC United Methodist Church
First Baptist Greenville Greenville, SC Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
St. James Episcopal Church Greenville, SC Episcopal Church
New Day Christian Community Church Greer, SC Non-denominational
Grace United Methodist Church Lancaster, SC United Methodist Church
Emmanuel Baptist Fellowship Lexington, SC Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
HOPE Church Myrtle Beach, SC Interdenominational
St. Dominic’s by the Sea Myrtle Beach, SC Old Catholic
Summer Memorial Lutheran Church Newberry, SC Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
St. Francis of Assisi Old Catholic Church North Augusta, SC Old Catholic
Epiphany Lutheran Church Rock Hill, SC Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour Rock Hill, SC Episcopal Church
Holy Cross Episcopal Church Simpsonville, SC Episcopal Church
Holy Communion Lutheran Church Spartanburg, SC Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
St. Lukes Lutheran Church Summerville, SC Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
St. Padre Pio Church Summerville, SC Old Catholic
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