Religion & Spirituality

Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons

Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons serves the needs of gay Mormon women and men, as well as bisexual and transgender LDS and their supportive family and friends, through social and educational activities.

Al-Fatiha San Francisco Bay Area

Al-Fatiha Foundation, Inc.
Al-Fatiha-News is an announcement-only email list for Al-Fatiha, a US-based organization dedicated to Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersex, questioning (LGBTIQ) & their allies.

Canterbury at Cal - The Episcopal/Anglican Student Center

2334 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
Canterbury at Cal is the place for UC-Berkeley's Episcopal and Anglican students and their friends to gather. We seek to provide opportunities for learning, service, worship, and fellowship that are every bit as fulfilling as the educational experiences at Cal.

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The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) is a recently established center of Pacific School of Religion Berkeley, California.
The Center serves three distinct but overlapping constituencies: the world of academic religious scholarship; faith communities; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people and organizations.
CLGS is purposed toward developing programming in each of four major areas: Research, Resourcing, Education for Leadership, and Community-Building/Advocacy. All programming works to carry out the Center's fundamental mission:
To advance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people and to transform faith communities and the wider society by taking a leading role in shaping a new public discourse on religion and sexuality through education, research, community building and advocacy.

Coalition of Welcoming Congregations of the Bay Area

The CLGS Coalition of Welcoming Congregations (CWC) brings together religious leaders, LGBT people of faith and their allies from a wide range of religious traditions in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area to form a progressive, effective and media-savvy voice on matters relating to sexuality and religion, homophobia, and the enfranchisement of LGBT people within society as a whole.

Dignity San Francisco-Lesbian and Gay Catholics

Gay Buddihist Fellowship
Click here to join the GBF Yahoo group and receive notices about speakers at our Sunday sittings, social activities and other sangha news.

Gay, Lesbian, and Affirming Disciples Alliance, Inc.

Glad Alliance

The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association, Inc: Information and support for GLBTI Vaishnavas and Hindus
This website is provided by the Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association, an international organization dedicated to the teachings of Lord Caitanya, the importance of all-inclusiveness within His mission, and the Vedic concept of a natural third gender. Its purpose is to educate Vaishnavas, Hindus and the public in general about the “third sex” as described in Vedic literatures. This knowledge will help to correct many of the common misconceptions that people hold today concerning third-gender people (gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, the intersexed, etc.). In addition to this, GALVA wishes to provide a friendly and positive-oriented place where third-gender devotees and guests can associate together and utilize their time to learn more about Krsna consciousness and advance in spiritual life.

Glide Memorial Church
Come to a place where unconditional love changes lives everyday, and hope triumphs over sorrow. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is Glide.

The Institute for Welcoming Resources

A Program of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
"Resources that support the unconditional welcome of people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and their families in the church home of their choice."
This is an extensive website that provides many ways to search for a church near you, get news, links, events and search for other information involving the LGBT community, religion, and spirituality.
(Please scroll down the page for a list of churches in Berkeley recommended by The Institute for Welcoming Resources)

Metropolitan Community Church of S.F.

Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
Most Holy Redeemer Parish, located at 100 Diamond Street (at 18th Street) has existed as the Roman Catholic religious center of the Castro neighborhood in San Francisco since 1900. Located just 2 blocks from the heart of the historic Castro district, the parish reflects the diversity and excitement of the surrounding neighborhood.
MHR prides itself in being an inclusive Catholic community -- embracing all people of good faith -- Catholics as well as those people interested in learning about the Catholic experience -- regardless of their background, gender, race, social status or sexual orientation.

Muslim Gay Men
Assalamu alaikum wr. wb.!
This is a discussion, information, and support resource for believing Muslim gay men who wish to maintain their faith and continue to serve Allah SWT while they are at various stages of dealing with and accepting their homosexuality.
The aim of this group is to promote knowledge, brotherhood, and a positive self-image among Muslim gay men throughout the world. It promotes seeking a healthy balance between our identities as Muslims and our identities as gay men.

The National Jewish Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Jewish Mosaic partners with Jewish organizations, communities, and individuals of every denomination to create a world where all Jews are fully included in communal life, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Founded in summer 2003 and based in Denver, Colorado, Jewish Mosaic is the first national organization dedicated to helping the Jewish world become more open, accessible, and welcoming to LGBT Jews and their families.

The National Union of Jewish LGBTIQQ Students (NUJLS)
An empowerment organization run by Jewish students and young adults of diverse sexual and gender identities, NUJLS exists to provide a place for LGBTQQI Jews to celebrate, learn about, and connect all of their identities. We work with students to achieve this through skills trainings and a small number of grants to students organization. We also offer training and consulting to staff who work with Jewish LGBTQQI students. 
Our annual conference, scheduled for February 8th to the 10th, 2008 seeks to create a relevant, vibrant, and contemporary place for participants to embrace and explore, personally and communally, the changes our world has presented us and the changes we choose to present to our world.

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Newman Hall Holy Spirit Parish
2700 Dwight Way at College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
"Tradition, friends, health, culture, identity, stress, lesbian, life, sex, faith, God, hope, fear, careers, gay, school, dating, Sricpture, family, love...Newman's Student LGBT group meets each Wednesday at 7 pm to talk about all these things and more. We seek to offer frinedship, support, encouragement and faith sharing with students who share concern for LGBT issues. Students of all faith tradtions are welcome!"

Operation Rebirth
Black gays and lesbians reclaiming their religion and spirituality.

Queer Jihad Club
Queer Jihad is a forum for the respectful exchange of ideas toward the aim of achieving greater understanding and increasing love among Muslims. Through sincere dialogue, Queer Jihad seeks to overcome all kinds of oppression of LGBT Muslims based on hatred and ignorance. Willful ignorance, stubborn promotion of hatred, and callous disregard for the feelings of fellow human beings have no place here.

Queer Sexuality and Identity in the Qur'an and Hadith by Faris Malik

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Refuge Ministries City of Refuge
We welcome people who come from all aspects of society, especially those who have felt shut out, isolated and alone in their desire to be fully themselves and fully Christian. We have a saying here at City of Refuge and it is that we welcome you and all your baggage for we are here too with all our baggage - working toward a personal and intimate relationship with God. City of Refuge/UCC is an open and affirming congregation, open and affirming to all those who have lost, left, or never had a church home. We welcome you, your children, your spouses, your partners, your parents, and all your relations, and hope you can find a church family here.
Bishop Yvette Flunder
Sr. Pastor & Founder

Freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.

Transgender Christian resources on the web

Transfaith Revival

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University Christian Church of Berkeley

"We are an open and affirming congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). We have history of advocating for LGBT persons within our denomination and the larger church...We believe we can best live out our discipleship in a community as radically inclusive as the realm of God. We are also associated with the Glad Alliance (Gay, Lesbian, and Affirming Disciples).

Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley

The mission of our congregation is to create loving community, inspire spiritual growth, and encourage lives of integrity, joy, and service.

An online magazine for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians

The Institute for Welcoming Resources has recommended the following churches in Berkeley:

All Souls Episcopal Church
2220 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
Web site:

Berkeley & Richmond Intercity Ministry (BRIM) - Disciples of Christ
1063 Cragmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94708-2078

Epworth United Methodist Church
1953 Hopkins Street
Berkeley, CA 94707

First Baptist Church - ABC/Alliance
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Web site:

First Congregational Church - UCC
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Web site:

New Fellowship United Church of Christ - UCC
1712 Allston Way
Meets at: 1924 Cedar Street at Bonita
Berkeley, CA 94703-1706

New Spirit Community Church - UCC/MCC/Disciples of Christ
2054 University Avenue, Suite 408
Pacific School of Religion Chapel at 1798 Scenic Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: 510-704-PRAY or 510-704 7729
Web site:

New Spirit Community Church - UCC
1798 Scenic Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709

Pacific School of Religion - UCC
1798 Scenic Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church - ELCA
401 Grizzly Peak Boulevard
Berkeley, CA 94708-1210

St John's Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Web site:

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
1823 9th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Web site:

Trinity United Methodist Church
2362 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

University Lutheran Chapel - ELCA

2425 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704-2427

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way
Berkely, CA 94704