Many Washington-area places of worship are LGBT friendly and have taken steps to become officially “open and affirming.” Beyond that, the degree to which gays are integrated into church life varies as some defy denominational teachings to include gays, so marriages and commitment ceremonies are kept low-key if allowed at all.
For others, such as Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, Inner Light Ministries and Unity Fellowship, welcoming LGBT people is their raison d’être. This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive. All the places of worship listed have publicly welcomed gays but contact them individually to find out their same-sex marriage policies.
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane
Bethesda, MD 20817
301-767-3333 • adatshalom.net
All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church
2300 Cathedral Ave., N.W.
202-232-4244 • allsoulsdc.org
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
1500 Harvard St., N.W. • all-souls.org
Augustana Lutheran Church
2100 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.
1529 16th St., N.W. • betmish.org
Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church
201 4th St., S.E.
Capitol Hill United Methodist Church
421 Seward Square, S.E.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St., N.W.
Church of the Pilgrims
2201 P St., N.W.
Church of the Resurrection
2280 North Beauregard St.
Alexandria, VA 22311
703-998-0888 • welcometoresurrection.org
Church of St. Clement
1701 North Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302
703-998-6166 • saintclement.org
Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ
3400 Lowell St., N.W. • cpcchurch.org
Covenant Baptist Church
3845 South Capitol St., S.W.
Dignity Northern Virginia
202-546-2235 • dignitynova.org
721 8th St., S.E.
202-546-2235 • dignitywashington.org
Dumbarton United Methodist Church
3133 Dumbarton Street, N.W.
Foundry United Methodist Church
1500 16th St., N.W. • foundryumc.org
Emanuel Swedenborg Center of Worship
Church of the Holy City
1611 16th St., NW
202-462-6734 • theswedenborgcenter.org
Episcopal Church of the Ascension
633 Sligo Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
301-587-3272 • ascensionsilverspring.org
Georgetown Lutheran Church
1556 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Grace Episcopal Church
1041 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
202-333-7100 • gracedc.org
Inner Light Ministries
1525 Newton St., N.W.
Machar, the Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism
202-686-1881 • machar.org
Metropolitan Community Church of Rehoboth
Rehoboth Beach, DE
302-393-3265 • mccrehoboth.com.
Metropolitan Community Church of Washington
474 Ridge St., N.W. • mccdc.com
2829 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
202-342-9175 • templemicah.org
National City Christian Church
5 Thomas Circle, N.W.
Palisades Community Church
5200 Cathedral Ave., N.W.
202-966-7929 • palisadescommunitychurch.org
680 I St., S.W. • riverside-dc.org
Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ
5010 Little Falls Rd.
Arlington, VA 22207
703-538-4886 • rockspringucc.org
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church
118 3rd St., S.E. • stmarks.net
Saint Thomas Episcopal Church
1771 Church St., N.W. • stthomasdc.org
United Church of Christ & United Methodist
1920 G St., N.W.
202-331-1495 • theunitedchurch.org
Unity Fellowship Church of Washington
1226 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22204
703-892-2565 • uucava.org
Vajrayogini Buddhist Center
1803 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
202-986-2257 • meditation-dc.org
Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Western Presbyterian Church
2401 Virginia Ave., N.W.