Denominational Statements

Welcome to the Denominational Statements resource

The Denominational Statements resource has been created for those seeking up-to-date information about the official positions of major U.S. religious denominations on sexuality-related issues. We hope that clergy, theologians, seminarians, religious educators, congregational committees, journalists and individuals will find this resource useful as a tool for discernment, research and programming.

This resource includes statements from more than 30 denominations covering official positions on nearly three dozen issues, including marriage, gender identity, abortion, sexuality education and sexual abuse. Each entry consists of the full text (or excerpt) of a denomination’s position on a particular issue, as well as a link to the original source.

Because of differences in theology, administration and polity, many denominations have not created official policies on every issue included here. Others have issued opinions or position statements.

This resource is a continually evolving and expanding. Religions, denominations, historical documents and the new resolutions will be added regularly.

How to use the Denominational Statements search:

  • Choose a denomination in the first dropdown menu.
  • Choose an issue in the second dropdown menu.
  • You can leave the first or second set menu as any and thus get all statements from a particular denomination, or all statements on a particular subject.
  • Results are displayed below the dropdowns in purple. Click on them to view the statements.
  • All content contained in the Denominational Statements resource is for informational purposes only.
  • All content remains copyright of the organization or denomination by which it was written.

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Amend Canon I.18 Marriage

View statement online Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That Canon I.18 is hereby amended to read as follows: CANON 18: Of the Solemnization of Holy Matrimony Canon 18: Of the Celebration and Blessing of Marriage Sec. 1. Every Member of the Clergy of this Church shall conform to the laws of the State governing the creation of the civil status of marriage, and also to the laws of this Church governing these canons concerning the solemnization of marriage Holy Matrimony. Members of…

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Continue Work of the Task Force on the Study of Marriage

View statement online Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 78th General Convention requests dioceses and parishes use the study materials on marriage provided in the last triennium by the Task Force on the Study of Marriage, namely the “Dearly Beloved” toolkit and the appended essays in their Blue Book report to this Convention; and be it further Resolved, That the 78th General Convention directs the Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies to…

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Update the Safeguarding Materials

View statement online Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 78th General Convention direct that the Episcopal Church Center arrange for the updating or supplementing of written and web-based materials used in the Safeguarding God’s Children and the Safeguarding God’s People programs to reflect the experience of the Church in using the Safeguarding God’s Children and the Safeguarding God’s People materials; and to cover topics such as social media, mission trips, pilgrimages, camp and conference center programs, and other overnight events, and the…

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Update Model Policies for Preventing Sexual Misconduct

View statement online Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 78th General Convention direct that the 2004 Model Policies developed by The Church Insurance Agency Corporation for the Protection of Children and Youth from Abuse (the “2004 Model Policies”) be updated and supplemented to reflect the experience of the Church in using the 2004 Model Policies and to cover topics such as social media, mission trips, pilgrimages, camp and conference center programs, and other…

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Oppose Conversion Therapy

View statement online Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 78th General Convention supports legislation banning state-licensed therapists and other service providers from engaging in scientifically discredited and dangerous practices that try to change a person’s sexual orientation or force them to deny their gender identity.

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Protect Human Trafficking Victims on Indian Reservations in Montana and North Dakota

View statement online Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 78th General Convention calls for the protection of all victims of human trafficking, particularly women and children, by providing necessary attention to their physical, psychological, and social needs using approaches that respect victims’ rights and integrity; and be it further Resolved, That the 78th General Convention urges members of The Episcopal Church to support legislation, and engage in action to promote the recovery and reintegration into society…

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Support LGBT African Advocacy

View statement online Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church recognize and commend the unconditional love and support that families, communities, scholars, and activists have shown to their Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) sisters and brothers in Africa who are at risk of violence, discrimination, and imprisonment; and be it further Resolved, That the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church affirm the following redemptive words in…

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REAFFIRMING OUR COMMITMENT TO FULL EQUALITY FOR PERSONS OF ANY SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY OR GENDER EXPRESSION

REAFFIRMING OUR COMMITMENT TO FULL EQUALITY FOR PERSONS OF ANY SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY OR GENDER EXPRESSION Whereas, General Synod and other settings of the United Church of Christ have repeatedly advocated for the equal rights and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons (LGBT) in the United States and abroad, and Whereas, the United Church of Christ, in partnership with other churches and faith traditions, has played a key role in the passage…

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Reproductive Justice: 2015 Statement of Conscience

Reproductive Justice 2015 Statement of Conscience As Unitarian Universalists, we embrace the reproductive justice framework, which espouses the human right to have children, not to have children, to parent the children one has in healthy environments and to safeguard bodily autonomy and to express one's sexuality freely. The reproductive justice movement was founded at a time when the unique range of issues faced by women of color were not addressed by the predominantly white middle class…

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Summaries of General Synod Discussions and Actions on Homosexuality and the Rights of Homosexuals

In 2012, General Synod voted: While compassion, patience, and loving support should be shown to all those who struggle with same-sex desires, the General Synod reaffirms our official position that homosexual behavior is a sin according to the Holy Scriptures, therefore any person, congregation, or assembly which advocates homosexual behavior or provides leadership for a service of same-sex marriage or a similar celebration has committed a disciplinable offense; and further, that the General Synod Council…

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We encourage you to notify us of any relevant denominational statements that have not yet been included. Also, if you are a member of a denomination which has recently changed or updated its policy, please let us know.