March 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm EDT | 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 •

All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church
2300 Cathedral Ave., N.W.
202-232-4244 •

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
1500 Harvard St., N.W. •

Augustana Lutheran Church
2100 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.

Bet Mishpachah
1529 16th St., N.W. •

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 •

Church of St. Clement
1701 North Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302
703-998-6166 •

Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ
3400 Lowell St., N.W. •

Covenant Baptist Church
3845 South Capitol St., S.W.

Dignity Northern Virginia
202-546-2235 •

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

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

Foundry United Methodist Church
1500 16th St., N.W. •

Emanuel Swedenborg Center of Worship
Church of the Holy City
1611 16th St., NW
202-462-6734 •

Episcopal Church of the Ascension
633 Sligo Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
301-587-3272 •

Georgetown Lutheran Church
1556 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.

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

Inner Light Ministries
1525 Newton St., N.W.

Machar, the Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism
202-686-1881 •

Metropolitan Community Church of Rehoboth
Rehoboth Beach, DE
302-393-3265 •

Metropolitan Community Church of Washington
474 Ridge St., N.W. •

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

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

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

Riverside Church
680 I St., S.W. •

Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ
5010 Little Falls Rd.
Arlington, VA 22207
703-538-4886 •

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church
118 3rd St., S.E. •

Saint Thomas Episcopal Church
1771 Church St., N.W. •

United Church of Christ & United Methodist
1920 G St., N.W.
202-331-1495 •

Unity Fellowship Church of Washington
1226 Vermont Ave., N.W.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22204
703-892-2565 •

Vajrayogini Buddhist Center
1803 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
202-986-2257 •

Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.

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

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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