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Try Montclair Presbyterian. My choir director was a member, and we sang there several time, and I noticed that they flew the Rainbow Flag. From their website:
"We are a community that embraces God’s radically inclusive love. Everyone is welcome at the communion table.
We lay claim to the Biblical imperatives of:
- welcoming the marginalized
- giving voice to the oppressed
- honoring all people
We welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons (LGBT) by:
- supporting their full participation in the Presbyterian Church (USA)
- working for LGBT ordination with More Light Presbyterians, That All May Freely Serve, and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
- declaring ourselves a More Light church, officially affirming these values, in 1987.
- proudly flying the rainbow flag as a symbol of our welcome"
Archived Q&A and Reviews
Unitarian churches are the obvious choice for atheists, agnostics, and others who don't care for organized religion. I'd also like to recommend checking out my church, Montclair Presbyterian. Theologically and culturally, it's pretty similar to a Unitarian church. On MPCFamily.org, it says ''We are a multigenerational, social justice-oriented community of joyful, imperfect people who welcome absolutely everybody with hospitality, openness and acceptance.'' Cynthia
Re: A Worship Service Designed for Toddlers and Infants?
Montclair Presbeterian has a wonderful program called Godly play where the kids handle little toys and feel out stories. Check it out. Reenie
Re: Radical church or synagogue
Our church, Montclair Presbyterian (on Thornhill Drive in Montclair) is as inclusive as they come. The church is open and affirming in both language and spirit, and nontraditional in many ways. There is a strong committment to social justice both historically and in present day. It has a wonderful choir and music program led by the conductor at the Woodminster Theater, and uses a great children's education program, called Godly Play. The pastor does great sermons, and has a beautiful voice herself - she's a classically trained musician. I didn't grow up attending church, and am very much at home there, and love the community. You're welcome to contact me if you'd like more information - Carrie
You might try Montclair Presbyterian Church on Thornhill Road (www.mpcfamily.org). They are a rather progressive, open, diverse community which focuses a lot on both spirituality and social justice. There are many families there of all kinds, and the music program is rather strong. Finding the ''right'' fit can make all the difference, so don't be afraid to shop around with different denominations. Make sure to introduce yourself to the greeters when you visit so they can help you feel more welcome, introduce you around, and help you navigate the service. good luck in your search!
I often go to church with my partner and her family at Montclair Presbyterian Church (on Thornhill?). The minister, Karen Stokes, and the congregation have made me feel as welcome as a Jewish lesbian ever could feel in church. It's a medium-sized church with an active, artistic and socially engaged congregation. Shelley