FAITH IN EQUALITY
The 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.
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.
SC Equality partners with Faith in America
SC Equality is proud to partner with Faith In America with the ultimate goal is to end decades and centuries of using religious teachings to justify marginalizing and discriminating against others in South Carolina. We are dedicated to influencing media and faith community narratives on religion and sexuality. Our goal is to move the needle forward on LGBTQ equality in the pews and in our legislation. Our Mission is to educate the public about the ongoing harm caused to LGBTQ persons, especially youth, by religious-based prejudice. Our dream is to change the hearts and minds of religious communities on the “sinful” nature of homosexuality. To remove it permanently from “the sin list.”
LGBT youth who are highly rejected by their families are 8 times more likely to attempt suicide in young adulthood, compared with peers whose families were not at all rejecting or only a little rejecting.
That is both a tragic crisis and an opportunity. Regardless of how we interpret scripture, LGBT advocates and conservative Christian communities are finding common cause and an opportunity to dialogue around how we save these kids.
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|