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.