Planning a worship service takes a lot of careful thought and creativity. In order to support your worship planning, we offer you some resources. Below are links to wonderful organizations who are offering resources to Jewish and Christian communities. In addition to these resources, check out our pages on Music and Media, Sermon Support, Texts for Readings, and information on how to Capture the Day.
Believe Out Loud
Coalition for LGBT Concerns – United Church of Christ
Dignity USA – Catholic
Glad Alliance – Disciples of Christ
Human Rights Campaign
As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality. Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues. Check out their resource, Out in Scripture, and look specifically for the date of your Breakthrough 2 Love event.
Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation
The Institute for Judaism, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is a unique entity within the Jewish community with its explicit mission of preparing Jewish leadership with the capacity, compassion and skills to change congregational attitudes, policies, and, indeed, Jewish society so as to include each and every Jew, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. By encouraging dialogue on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues among the organizational arms of the Reform Movement in the United States, Israel and the rest of the world, as well as with local and national educational and social service organizations, the Institute will create a unique space where Jewish tradition, ethics and values combine in the spirit of social justice, holiness and community. Check out their page on Inclusion: Becoming Open and Welcoming.
Institute for Welcoming Resources
Denominational representatives of the Welcoming Church Movement created the Institute for Welcoming Resources in November 2002. They are an ecumenical group that provides 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.” In early 2006, IWR became a program of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, through a formal merger. Check out their Welcoming Resources here.
Integrity – Episcopal
Marriage Equality USA
Officially founded in 2001, Marriage Equality USA is a volunteer-driven national grassroots organization whose mission is: “To secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for all, without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, at the state and federal level through grassroots organizing, education, action, and partnerships.” Marriage Equality USA is currently running a campaign called Request Marriage! and it culminates on February 14th. After checking out the Request Marriage! campaign, you should also check out their page on Religious Vs. Civil Marriage.
More Light – Presbyterians
Reconciling Ministries Network
The Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) is a growing movement of United Methodist individuals, congregations, campus ministries, and other groups working for the full participation of all people in The United Methodist Church to mobilize United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love. We envision a renewed and vibrant Wesleyan movement that is biblically and theologically centered in the full inclusion of God’s children. Check out their resources pages.
Room for All
Room for All was founded to support, to educate and to advocate for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in all aspects of the life and ministry of the Reformed Church in America as compelled by the inclusive love of God revealed to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Check out their Sample Sermons and Exegetical Resources.