LGBTQ Welcoming Communities of Faith, also known as Welcoming Faiths, is a coalition of faith congregations in the Merrimack Valley area who are united by our commitment to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning individuals and families. We are a lay-led group that was established in the spring of 2011 by South Church’s Committee for Open Dialogue. Although we represent different faiths, our member congregations welcome all to worship regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, national origin, disability or age. All like-minded faith communities are invited and encouraged to join the coalition and participate in the efforts and activities of member congregations. We are also affiliated with Greater Boston PFLAG and MCVAGLY (Merrimack Valley Alliance of GLBT Youth).
Member congregations are Episcopal, Jewish, Methodist, Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ, located in the Merrimack Valley and adjacent communities of Andover, Boxford, Chelmsford, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, North Andover, and North Reading.
The guiding philosophy of Welcoming Faiths is to: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” M.K. Gandhi