Progressive Christian Church, Open and Affirming of LGBTQ

An inclusive Christian congregation, we welcome and support the LGBTQ community, affirming their full participation in the life of the Church. Bethel UCC is located in Beaverton and serves Portland's West side.

Worship: Sunday at 10:00 AM

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ
5150 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 646-1191

 

What To Expect

Services start at 10:00 AM every Sunday,  Childcare is provided...    More

Worship

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Music

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Staff

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Beliefs

As progressive Christians, we believe in the Trinity: God the Creator, Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit...     More

Contact Us

Want to know more? Desiring prayer? Interested in volunteering? Send us a message.

Why Choose a Progressive Church?

Children at Progressive Church, as part of Children's Ministry

Lots of churches teach Jesus' message of love and radical inclusion. But not all churches practice what they preach when it comes to diversity. Many have beliefs and bylaws that disqualify women from leadership positions. And many more deny membership to LGBTQ people.

As a progressive church, we do not discriminate against women or the LGBTQ community in hiring, leadership, or membership.

We teach children, youth, and adults that love means treating all people as we ourselves want to be treated, regardless of gender, preference, identity, or expression. There are no glass ceilings at Bethel. Our Christian faith is 2000 years old, but our thinking is not.

Progressive Christianity

We value and nurture the leadership of women and the LGBTQ community at all levels of church life. We celebrate the diversity of cultures, races, religions and ethnicities. We welcome those with disabilities or special needs...     More

Children's Ministry

The Children’s Ministry is vibrant and blooming here at Bethel. Not only do we offer Nursery care, we also offer multi-generational worship opportunities about twice a month...     More

Adult Ministry

Besides numerous opportunities to be involved in our Mission and Outreach programs, Bethel offers adults many opportunities for faith development, community and growth...     More

Youth Ministry

We encourage our youth to get involved in the aspects of church life that appeal to them. You may see youth helping in the sound booth, reading scripture or even serving communion...     More

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Can I Really Make a Difference?

With all that is going wrong around the world, it is easy believe that things must be getting worse. Surprisingly, the world is actually getting better. But still, not all people are fed, not all people are sheltered, and not all people are safe. There is still work to be done, around the globe and right here in Beaverton/Portland. You can make a difference here at Bethel.

Global Missions

Global Missions allows us to reach out into the world.  Jesus’ missions saw no boundaries as he walked with people from different backgrounds.  Bethel is involved in our greater community in many ways...     More

Social Justice

Recognizing our common humanity and desiring a fair allocation of community resources is a golden thread running through the Bible...     More

Food Security

The Oregon Center for Public Policy found that over the past three years the percentage of Oregon households with low food security rose at the highest rate of any state in the nation...     More

Affordable Housing

Homelessness is a large problem in Beaverton. There are no shelters within the city limits. Rents are climbing and people are losing their homes...     More

ESL - English Language Learners

Bethel partners with the Beaverton Literacy Council (BLC) to teach English reading, writing, and conversation to adult immigrants. Classes are two nights a week...     More

Beaverton High School Homeless Students

Of the 40,568 Students in the Beaverton School District, 32.8% Qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch. At Beaverton High School, 44% qualify for the lunch program...     More

What is a Gay Friendly Church?

An Open and Affirming (ONA) Christian church, we welcome members of the LGBTQ community and support their relationships, including gay marriage. PFLAG supports LGBTQ, their families and allies. We support PFLAG and host their meetings.

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What does the Bible say about Gay Marriage?

Homosexuality is a “hot button” issue for many Christians. The answer to the question depends on your belief about the authority of the Bible, how our current Bible was put together, how you read the Bible, which version you read, and what you already believed before you read it...

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Are there straight people at Bethel?

Yes, of course! In fact, most of us at Bethel are straight. The United Church of Christ was the first historic protestant denomination to ordain an openly gay minister (1972). And we've been moving forward the progress of LGBTQ equality and inclusion ever since...

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Where can LGBTQ people And Allies Find Support?

PFLAG supports families, allies and people who are LGBTQ and advocates to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ. Bethel is the site for PFLAG meetings in Washington County every third Thursday at 7:00 PM.