March 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm EST | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Directory of LGBT-friendly places of worship

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.
augustanadc.info

Bet Mishpachah
1529 16th St., N.W. • betmish.org

Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church
201 4th St., S.E.
capitolhillpreschurch.org

Capitol Hill United Methodist Church
421 Seward Square, S.E.
chumc.net

Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St., N.W.
epiphanydc.org

Church of the Pilgrims
2201 P St., N.W.
churchofthepilgrims.org

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.
cbcwdc.org

Dignity Northern Virginia
202-546-2235 • dignitynova.org

Dignity Washington
721 8th St., S.E.
202-546-2235 • dignitywashington.org

Dumbarton United Methodist Church
3133 Dumbarton Street, N.W.
dumbartonumc.org

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.
georgetownlutheran.com

Grace Episcopal Church
1041 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
202-333-7100 • gracedc.org

Inner Light Ministries
1525 Newton St., N.W.
innerlightministries-dc.org

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

Temple Micah
2829 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
202-342-9175 • templemicah.org

National City Christian Church
5 Thomas Circle, N.W.
nationalcitycc.org

Palisades Community Church
5200 Cathedral Ave., N.W.
202-966-7929 • palisadescommunitychurch.org

Riverside Church
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.
ufcdc.com

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.
nationalcathedral.org

Western Presbyterian Church
2401 Virginia Ave., N.W.
westernchurch.net

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

  • JC

    Keep trying to get you to include St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church at 1525 Newton St. NW, http://www.saintstephensdc.org/. First to be racially integrated in DC, first to have a woman celebrate the Eucharist, first to sponsor a blessing of same gender partners, currently staffed with several gay clergy and with a welcoming and supportive congregation.

  • Please add MCC of the Chesapeake at 351 Dubois Road, Annapolis, MD 21401 to the listing. 410-353-5534

  • For the record, if you’re looking for a great MCC Church outside DC, you don’t have to go all the way to Rehoboth. MCC of the Chesapeake is in Annapolis, welcomes everyone no matter where they are spiritually, and happily performs same-sex marriages in DC.

  • Mickey

    How about including Grace Episcopal Church of Alexandria. We’re high church and very welcoming to visitors. Our web site is http://www.gracealex.org

  • For Jewish/Christian same sex couples, please check out the Interfaith Families Practice of Greater Washington, at http://www.iffp.net.

  • Judy

    Please include: Little River United Church of Christ, 8410 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.

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