Faith Communities


All Saints Parish

1340 Lancaster Ave Syracuse, NY 13210
Parish Center: 1342 Lancaster Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210 

Gay & Catholic? Looking for spirit and warmth? All Saints Parish welcomes you!

Updated February 2017. 

Amherst Community Church

77 Washington Highway Amherst, NY 14226

Fax: 716-834-6138
Open and Affirming since 1987! We are a United Church of Christ congregation welcoming all as beloved children of God.

Updated February 2017. 

Atonement Lutheran Church

1900 Westfall Road Rochester, NY 14618

Atonement is a Reconciling in Christ congregation welcoming of all people
Outreach to the community and beyond is central to our ministry
Youth and Family Ministry is an area of focused energy. 

Updated February 2017. 

Christ Episcopal Church

20 Carroll Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Contact person: The Rev. Wm. Blake Rider
Fax: 845-452-8236
Christ Church is a welcoming and affirming Episcopal parish in the Mid-Hudson Valley. We host the local Dignity-Integrity Chapter meetings, and lead the local faith communities in the annual Pride Parade in New Paltz. Our preaching, music programs, children and youth events, and adult education events all affirm a welcome to all God's Children, including those who are LGBT. Come and see.

Updated February 2017. 

Community Christian Church

2647 Chili Avenue Rochester, NY 14624

We are an open and welcoming congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. Our mission: To be a Christ-centered community, which is open to all who seek to grow in faith and welcome all who desire to serve as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Updated February 2017. 

Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester

2125 Westchester Avenue East Rye, NY 10580

Contact person: Roberta Aronovitch
Fax: 914-967-0845
We are an inclusive, welcoming, diverse Reform Congregation celebrating modern Jewish life. We are committed to continually fostering Reform Jewish life among our congregants through learning and study, worshiping and reflecting, and instilling Jewish

Updated February 2017. 

Downtown Presbyterian Church

121 N. Fitzhugh Street Rochester, NY 14614

Contact person: Rev. Pat Youngdahl
Fax: 585-325-4004
Since 1979, Downtown Church has been a More Light congregation, which is the affirming designation in our denomination. We welcome all as visitors, friends, members, and leaders. We're passionate, progressive, and personal. Come and see for yourself.

Updated February 2017. 

Episcopal Church of St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene

17 S. Fitzhugh St. Rochester, NY 14614

Fax: 585-546-7733
Inclusive Church in downtown Rochester, NY: open to all, celebrating all. We are a "healing place for souls, a school for justice and a welcome table for all."

Updated February 2017. 

First Baptist Church of Ithaca

309 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

A welcoming and affirming congregation of the American Baptist Churches, USA. We are an intentionally diverse congregation that approaches faith with an open mind and an open spirit. Sundays: worship 10 a.m., education (all ages) 11:30 a.m.

Updated February 2017. 

First Congregational United Church of Christ

822 Cleveland Avenue Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Marna J. Pritchard, Pastor 
716-941-9288 (Pastor's phone)
716-282-2443 (Church phone)
An open and affirming church welcoming all who wish to share Christian worship and service with us. Worship service each Sunday at 10:30 am.

First Congregational United Church of Christ

31 East Fulton Street Gloversville, NY 12078

Contact person: The Rev. Ralph S. English
As an Open and Affirming Congregation we covenant to welcome all persons of all ages, races, backgrounds, and sexual orientations as equal participants in the love and grace of God and thus, as equal participants in the life and ministry of this congregation. If you can embrace the tenets of this covenant, and if you seek an open and affirming community of faith to nurture your spirit, then no matter who, no matter what, no matter where you are on life's journey ... you belong. WELCOME!

First Congregational United Church of Christ

32 South Main Street Newark Valley, NY 13811

Fax: 607-642-5520
We are an "Open & Affirming" place of worship.

First Lutheran Church

181 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203
Mailing address: 646 State St. Albany, NY 12203 

Contact person: Rev. Alison L. Leitzel
First Lutheran Church is the oldest Lutheran Congregation in North America. We are a Reconciling In Christ Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, welcoming all to worship in a loving, supportive and affirming environment. Visit our website, and "like" us on Facebook:

Updated February 2017. 

First Unitarian Church of Rochester

220 S Winton Rd Rochester, NY 14610

Contact person: John Keevert
First Unitarian is a 'welcoming congregation' meaning open and supportive of LGBT folks. Our ministers have done many commitment ceremonies for LGBT members. Check out our website, then check us out.

Updated February 2017. 

First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, New York

306 N. Aurora Street Ithaca, NY 14850 (Corner of Buffalo & Aurora Streets)

Rev. David E. Grimm 
In May 2000, First Unitarian of Ithaca joined hundreds of other UU congregations in becoming a welcoming congregation to the LGBT communities. We have an inclusive religious education program and sponsor LGBT community events. We are a no creedal church which welcomes the diversity of humankind and their ideas. Services held on Sundays, September through June at 10:30 am and at 9:30 am for summer services.

Updated February 2017. 

First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse

109 Waring Road Syracuse, NY 13224

A Unitarian Universalist Welcoming Congregation to the LGBT community. All are welcome to celebrate the gift of life with us. We celebrate and support the lives, relationships, religious quests, and the individual and group contributions of LGBT people, and their families and friends.

Updated February 2017. 

First Universalist Church of Rochester, NY

150 South Clinton Ave. Rochester, NY 14604

FAX: 585-546-7559
"Nurture the spirit and serve the community."

Updated February 2017. 

Fortunate Families

136 Everett Road Albany, NY 12205

Fax: 518-514-1510
Fortunate Families serves as a resource and networking ministry with Catholic parents of LGBT daughters and sons. Fortunate Families offers a monthly newsletter and extensive resources on our website; as well as retreats, presentations and support and affirmation for parents.

Updated February 2017. 

Hebrew Congregation of Somers

Cypress Lane & Mervin Drive Shenorock, NY 10587

We are an egalitarian Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation. We welcome LGBT families and individuals (and any non-Jewish partners) to join our community.

Updated February 2017. 

Henrietta United Church of Christ

1400 Lehigh Station Rd., Box 430 Henrietta, NY 14467

Contact person: Rev. David Inglis
A vibrant, caring church that believes that each person is a beloved child of God. The church is both spiritually deep and spiritually open, mission oriented, very child friendly, and encourages people to develop their gifts for ministry in their daily lives. It has an excellent Sunday School and children's programs.

Updated February 2017. 

Lake Avenue Baptist Church

72 Ambrose Street Rochester, NY 14608

Contact person: Ken Setera
Fax: 585-458-5766
Lake Avenue Baptist Church is a welcoming congregation, a diverse cross-section of God's family. Our church is a member of the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists - vowing not to discriminate and welcoming of all diverse races, histories, abilities, and sexual orientation.

Updated February 2017. 

Marcellus First Presbyterian Church

1 East Main St, PO Box 147 Marcellus, NY 13108

Fax: 315-673-2321
A More Light Presbyterian Church offering progressive services to all people.

Updated February 2017. 

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society

3800 E. Genesee Street Syracuse, NY 13214

Fax: 315-446-4605
A spiritual community for religious liberals, who value the inherent dignity and worth of all persons, believe in justice, equity and compassion, a free and responsible search for truth and meaning and respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Updated February 2017. 

Metropolitan Community Church of NY

446 W. 36th Street New York, NY 10018

Fax: 212-279-1185
People come to Metropolitan Community Church of New York from all walks of life and for many different reasons. Some people come to find a spiritual refuge. Others come to connect with people in the community. And, still others come to get involved in changing the world. Whatever the reason that initially brings someone here inevitably they use one word to describe MCCNY, "home."

Updated February 2017. 

Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church

740 Marshall Rd. Rochester, NY 14624

Community Church with primary ministry to LGBT people. Most members are LGBT. Small group ministries. Community Outreach.

Updated February 2017. 

Pilgrim-St. Luke's United Church of Christ

335 Richmond Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222 (Corner of West Utica in Elmwood Village area)

An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.

Updated February 2017. 

Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ

232 East Onondaga Street Syracuse, NY 13202

Contact person: Quinn Caldwell
Fax: 315-470-0744
Opening & Affirming Congregation worships 10:00 am Sunday mornings. Many other spiritual growth opportunities and opportunities to service in love and justice.

Updated February 2017. 

Presbyterian – New England Congregational Church

24 Circular Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

We believe that God's love for humanity is all inclusive. We faithfully join in the fellowship of UCC "Open and Affirming" congregations and Presbyterian "More Light" churches in warmly welcoming all LGBT persons. Services are at 10:45, followed by a coffee hour. Jay Ekman, Pastor.

Rainbow Alliance 

183 Riverside Drive Binghamton, NY 13905

Contact person: Catherine Rosso
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The Rainbow Alliance is a committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church. Our purpose is to provide a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, and questioning people. Everyone of every faith and identity is welcome, including supportive straight people! It is not necessary to belong to the Unitarian Universalist Church in order to be part of the Gay and Lesbians Concern Group. Our meetings are held generally on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 12:45, which is after the second service, to which all are welcome.

Updated February 2017. 

Ray of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.

380 West First Street Elmira, NY 14901

Br. Shawn F. Benedict 
Worship services and bible study in Elmira, Ithaca, and Syracuse. Contact Br. Benedict or consult website for places and times.

Updated February 2017. 

The Reform Temple of Rockland 

330 North Highland Avenue, Upper Nyack, NY 10960

(845) 358-2248Fax:(845) 358-3450

Updated February 2017. 

Spiritus Christi Church

121 North Fitzhugh Street Rochester, NY 14614

FAX: (585) 325-1191
We are an inclusive Christ centered Catholic Church which provides support to all individuals and families. Our masses are Saturday 5:00 pm and Sunday 7:30 am at the above location. Our Sunday 9:30 am Mass is at Hochstein Music School, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester. All are welcome.

Updated February 2017. 

Southeast Rochester Catholics- Blessed Sacrament, Saint Boniface and St. Mary's Churches

259 Rutgers St. Rochester, NY 14607 

We are a cluster of Roman Catholic parishes in the Southeast area of the City of Rochester who try to make the hospitality of Christ our daily way of life. 

Updated February 2017. 

St. Augustine's Episcopal Church

6 Old Post Road North Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

Contact person: The Rev. Bradley C. Dyche
Fax: 914-271-7549
We at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church joyfully embrace this mission: to celebrate the love of God by ministering to those in need; stewarding the earth; supporting one another; studying, praying, and laughing together; and practicing the liturgy of the Episcopal tradition. We warmly welcome all those of every background and orientation who wish to worship God in our company and join in our efforts to live out Christ's example in our own lives.

Updated February 2017. 

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

55 Pleasant Avenue Lancaster, NY 14086

Contact person: Rev. Kirk J. Langset
Fax: 716-681-5822

Updated February 2017. 

St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral

310 Montgomery Street Syracuse, NY 13202

Worshiping God, Learning Compassion, Building Community

Updated February 2017. 

St. Paul's United Methodist Church

402 North Aurora Street Ithaca, NY 14850

Contact person: John McNeill
Fax: 607-275-0726
St. Paul's is a compassionate community led and transformed by the Spirit. We have been a Reconciling Congregation since 1998, welcoming all people regardless of sexual orientation. We pledge to work for the day when society will welcome in the same way Christ welcomes.

Updated February 2017. 

St. Paul's Universalist Unitarian Church

565 Albany Street Little Falls, NY 13365

Church that is open to gays and lesbians. Rev. Kimberly Miner is available to do services of union and has information on gay marriage in Massachusetts.

Updated February 2017. 

St. Timothy's Evangelical Lutheran Church

470 Winter St Ext Troy, NY 12180

We are a welcoming community of faith who delights in meeting the needs of the world, especially in the areas of ending homelessness and hunger. Please visit our website to learn more about us. 

Updated February 2017. 

Stone Presbyterian Church

8 South Park Row (P.O. Box 33) Clinton, NY 13323

At present our purpose is to welcome all persons including LGBT to full participation in the worship and ministry of our congregation.

Updated February 2017. 

Tabernacle United Methodist Church

83 Main St. Binghamton, NY 13905

Worship and programs inclusive of all. We belong to the Reconciling Movement of the United Methodist Church. We affirm and celebrate all sexual orientations and identifications. We also sponsor a Metropolitan Community Church which meets for worship downstairs at the same time our church meets upstairs - 10:30 AM.

Updated February 2017. 

Temple Beth Am

203 Church Place Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

We are a warm, caring Reform Jewish Congregation and welcome all to services, educational programs and social events.

Updated February 2017. 

Temple Concord

9 Riverside Drive Binghamton, NY 13905

Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell 
Fax: 607-723-0785
Binghamton's Reform Jewish synagogue works to ensure that interfaith families and LGBT Jews are welcome and included in all aspects of temple life.

Updated February 2017. 

Temple Emanuel

243 Albany Avenue Kingston, NY 12401

845-338-4271 ext. 101
Fax: 845-338-0506
A Reform Jewish Congregation, a welcoming community and sacred space, committed to social action, justice, active learning, vibrant spirituality, creative expression, diversity, tolerance, and the integrity of the Reform Movement. A place where sacredness and God's presence are welcomed into our community through our actions and deeds with each other.

Updated February 2017. 

Temple Israel of Catskill

220 Spring Street, PO Box 607 Catskill, NY 12414

Temple Israel of Catskill is the only URJ-affiliated Reform congregation in Greene and Columbia counties. Rabbi Zoe B. Zak is the spiritual leader of the Temple. We invite all who wish to worship to attend our services. Our congregation is diverse and growing and we look forward to welcoming you to our family.

Updated February 2017. 

Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo

695 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222

Fax: 716-885-6875
Performs Union Ceremonies for couples wanting to celebrate and solemnize their relationships. Also host a COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) Group. Provide space and support to the Buffalo Gay Men's chorus, led by our Minister of Music Barbara Wagner. We welcome members of the LGBT community to attend our Sunday service at 11:00 am (summers before 10:00 am) and become involved in our Welcoming Congregation.

Updated February 2017. 

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton

183 Riverside Drive Binghamton, NY 13905

Rev. Douglas Taylor 
Fax: 607-729-1899
A Welcoming Congregation since 1992, when the congregation voted to affirm, welcome and support GLBT people. The Gay Lesbian Concerns Committee initiates outreach, support and education both within the church community and in the larger community.

Updated February 2017.  

United Church of Christ, First Congregational

11 West Main Street Norwich, NY 13815

Contact person: Cheri Willard, Parish Coordinator
An Open and Affirming Church. A fellowship in Jesus, the Christ showing God's love to all people.

Updated February 2017. 

Unity Church of Practical Christianity

1243 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY 14209

Fax: 716-882-5020 Fax
We are a diverse spiritual community empowering growth and transformation. We are an open, welcoming congregation and our approach is eclectic, creative, dynamic, and most of all, fun-loving.

Updated February 2017. 

Unity Fellowship Church

2578 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY 11207 

Contact person: Rev. Valerie Holly
Fax: 718-399-3149
Unity Fellowship Church, housed in a gray former warehouse in East New York, is the New York outpost of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement, the only Christian denomination explicitly set up to serve gay, bisexual and transgender members of minority groups. Unity, founded in Los Angeles in 1982, has 12 churches nationwide.

Updated February 2017. 

Unity Fellowship of Christ Church – Buffalo, NY

367 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY 14202

Contact person: Rev. T. Gerard Williams
A Congregation of same gender loving people of faith. Our services are held at 12 noon every Sunday. We worship in the black church tradition but are not Fundamentalist in our theology or our spirituality.

Updated February 2017. 

Zen Center of Syracuse

266 West Seneca Turnpike Syracuse, NY 13207

The Zen Center of Syracuse is an LGBT-welcoming Buddhist center, providing daily meditation, retreats, classes, and events. The abbot, Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi, and resident clergy perform weddings and other ceremonies for Buddhist practitioners.

Updated February 2017. 

Last Updated: 3/1/17