We are an LGBTQ+ inclusive church that welcomes all people. That’s right – we welcome people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, races, ethnicities and classes – not in spite of the gospel but because of the gospel.
First Church Brooklyn values the radical inclusion of all God’s children in the family of God and strives to be a faith community where you can be your true self. We gather for social, educational, and justice events.
Serious About Justice
We recognize that liberation, inclusion, and the love of God and neighbor are at the heart of Christ’s mission. To this end we affirm, as God’s children, people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. We believe that God’s kin- dom is revealed each moment that everyone is able to love. We speak out against all forms of discrimination, particularly anti-homosexuality, racism, sexism, and economic inequality, and we strive to pay special attention to the ways in which these harmful constructs intersect.
First Church Brooklyn partners with the Brooklyn Community Pride Center. Brooklyn Pride provides services and support to the borough’s LGBTQ+ community through original programming and partnerships with exemplary organizations like ours!
The Brooklyn Community Pride Center brings their wisdom to our faith community for our own learning, advocating and organizing. Though we celebrate our LGBTQ+ family all year, June is Pride Month! First Church Brooklyn has been a proud participant in the Brooklyn Pride Parade since 2018.
Resources for Study
LGBTQ Christian Cartoons by David Hayward
God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines
Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America by Jeff Chu
Bible Gender Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same Sex Relationships by James V. Brownson
Changing Our Mind by David P. Gushee
Unnatural: Christian Resiliency in Queer Christian Women by Rachel Murr
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Love and So Much More by Janet Mock
Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female and Intersex in the Image of God by Megan K. Defranza
The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart by Peter Gomes
Transparently: Behind the Scenes of a Good Life by Lisa Salazar
Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community by Kathy Baldock