Welcoming Communities of Faith

Our region has a bounty of welcoming communities of faith.  Check our directory to find one near you.

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Haywood Street Congregation*

Haywood St. is a transformative open community of Christ, led by the Holy Spirit, creating opportunities to serve and be served so that all who participate are empowered to claim their identity as a Child of God.

Methodist 297 Haywood St Asheville, North Carolina 28801    Web   Social   eMail

High Country United Church of Christ*

We are a safe, loving environment, to discover and cultivate spiritual growth, and to establish community by reflecting and celebrating God’s love. Our mission is to inspire positive change in our world as we are led by Christ’s example of love, compassion, and acceptance of all people.

United Church of Christ 8233 Highway 421-N Vilas, North Carolina 28692    Web   Social   eMail

Jesus People Church of Asheville*

OUR PURPOSE: “To welcome a rejected people, those who have been marginalized by religion, society or other systems. To tell them that they are fully welcome in the church and that God has a special destiny and calling for their lives.”

278 Haywood RD Asheville, North Carolina 28806    Web   Social   eMail

Jewish Community Center *

You belong here. We welcome you.

Jewish  236 Charlotte St Asheville, North Carolina 28801    Web   Social   eMail

Jubilee*

Our commitment is to love and respect one another regardless of differences. All are welcome and accepted at our Sunday services.

Non-Denominational 46 Wall St Asheville, North Carolina 28801    Web   Social  

Kadampa Buddhism*

oUR Welcome! That's a word we use frequently here at Kenilworth Church. That's because we truly welcome all people without regard to race, age, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, education or economic class.

Buddhist 574 Haywood Road (Omega Room) Asheville, North Carolina 28806    Web     eMail

Kenilworth Presbyterian*

Welcome! That's a word we use frequently here at Kenilworth Church. That's because we truly welcome all people without regard to race, age, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, education or economic class.

Presbyterian 123 Kenilworth Rd  Asheville, North Carolina 28803    Web   Social   eMail

Land of the Sky UCC*

As a community living into the unity for which Jesus prayed, we welcome the beautiful spectrum of God’s people-of every race, nationality, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, and ability-into the full life of the church.

United Church of Christ 15 Overbrook Place Asheville, North Carolina 28805    Web   Social  

MCC Sacred Journey*

MCC is a global Christian church of loving, affirming and welcoming communities of faith. While Transforming Ourselves as We Transform the World, MCC confronts oppression and injustice in our local communities, our nation, and around the world.

MCC 1735 5th Avenue West  Hendersonville, North Carolina 28793    Web   Social   eMail

Montreat Presbyterian Church*

As a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) we are enriched by the Reformed Protestant tradition that for centuries has reached around the world in ministry, service and outreach in the name of Jesus Christ.

Presbyterian 396 Geneva Pl Montreat, North Carolina 28757    Web   Social   eMail

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User Guide

We have a lot of wonderful, welcoming organizations in Western North Carolina.  

Our pilot version of this database focuses on a few types of organizations (e.g., communities of faith).  However, our plan is to expand its features to accommodate a wide variety of organizations and businesses. 

  • Welcoming Groups: Groups that invite members who share some a common interest or need.  Examples: support and empowerment groups, shared interest groups, sports teams.
  • Welcoming Community Services: For organizations that provide specific support services.  Designed to hep users to locate providers of specific support service.
  • Welcoming Organizations: A general listing intended to include everything from employers and merchants to churches and schools.

Our intent is that organizations and groups maintain their own listing. However, to help things along, we have pre-populated some pages with listings.  If you find a listing for your organization and want to assume control of it, you need to complete two steps:

  1. Register on this website.  Where possible, do so with an email associated with the organization listed. (We need to confirm that you are authorized.)
  2. Send an email to [email protected] from your registered email address.  Tell us the listing you want us to transfer to you and let us know your role in the organization.  

Policies

To keep this resource useful, we ask everyone to abide by the following.  Click on an item for more detail.

Only one person (other than us) can edit a listing for an organization.  If you need us to transfer control of a listing to someone else, do this in two steps:

  1. Make sure that they register on the site.  It is best if they use an email associated with your organization.
  2. Send an email to [email protected] requesting that we transfer control of a listing from one user to another.  Give both user names and emails.

Please code your listing to help our community find organizations that target them.  

We will remove a listing if there is sufficient evidence that the organization in question operates in a way that is incompatible with its posted listing or our focus on fostering a welcoming community. 

We welcome modest donations and immodest endowments. If active users and directory listers kick in a little something each year, we think that we can sustain and build this virtual center for the community.

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User's Guides - Welcoming Groups

Tips suggested by users

  • Prepare. There is no save-and-resume button, so have all the information on hand. (But you can return to edit it.)
  • Recurring Events. Powerful, but a little confusing the first time:
    • To enter a meeting on the same date each month (e.g., the 5th), select “on the same day”. 
    • To enter a meeting on the same day and/or week (e.g., 1st Monday), select “on a different day”. 
  • Categories. As a rule, you will want to select at least three categories, one from each of the following.
    • Event Type
    • Target Audience
    • Welcoming Pages
  • Venues / Organizers.
    • Enter the name of the organizer and location. 
    • If it is already in the database, the calendar will populate your event with relevant contact and location information. 
    • If you have to add a new organizer or venue, please fill in all the fields.  It will help others.
  • Review. Once you submit an event, it will be reviewed before appearing on the calendar.

Help Us

We find the calendar pretty intuitive. Please use the feedback button to suggest tips to add here.

Give us feedback!  And, please be patient.

This is our pilot release.  We will assemble user feedback to guide our second release in 2020 Q2.

We encourage and welcome donations.

We welcome everything from modest donations to immodest endowments. If active users and directory listers kick in a little something each year, we think that we can sustain and build this virtual center for the community.

Relevant to our local LGBTQ and allied communities.

This includes western North Carolina and nearby communities in contiguous states (e.g., eastern Tennessee, northwestern South Carolina, northern Georgia, southwestern Virginia. It also includes groups based outside the region that have a local presence.

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This includes language and visuals that are considered hateful, threatening or inappropriately graphic.  Bear in mind that this site is accessible to minors.

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Do not share names, photos or contact information without appropriate authorization or consent. 

No embedded funding appeals and links.

Why?  We don’t allow these because we don’t have the resources to monitor such links. You are welcome to link to pages on your site that include these. 

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