Welcoming Communities of Faith

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Western North Carolina has many welcoming communities of faith.  Check our directory to find one near you.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley*

Unitarian Universalist 

On the forefront of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer inclusion for more than 40 years, we are people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We welcome you: your whole self, with all your truths and your doubts, your worries and your hopes. Join us on this extraordinary adventure of faith. Get involved!

500 Montreat Rd Black Mountain North Carolina 28711

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville*

Unitarian Universalist 

Our open and welcoming congregation connects hearts, challenges minds and nurtures spirits, while serving and transforming our community and the world.

1 Edwin Pl Asheville North Carolina 28801

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Land of the Sky UCC*

United Church of Christ

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.

15 Overbrook Place Asheville North Carolina 28805

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Kenilworth Presbyterian*

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.

123 Kenilworth Rd  Asheville North Carolina 28803

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Kadampa Buddhism*

Buddhist

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.

574 Haywood Road (Omega Room) Asheville North Carolina 28806

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Jubilee*

Non-Denominational

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

46 Wall St Asheville North Carolina 28801

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Jewish Community Center *

Jewish 

You belong here. We welcome you.

236 Charlotte St Asheville North Carolina 28801

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Center for Spiritual Living*

A New Thought community dedicated to prosperous living through spiritual awareness of our perfect health, perfect wealth and perfect happiness. Those of gay and lesbian orientation, youth and families, are all honored and play meaningful roles within our community.

2 Science of Mind Way Asheville North Carolina 28806

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Abiding Savior Lutheran Church (ELCA)*

You are welcome. Your family, children, friends, spouses and partners are welcome. Your diversity and uniqueness are welcome.

801 Charlotte Hwy Fairview North Carolina 28730

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Boone Friends Meeting*

Quaker

Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church*

Presbyterian

We aspire to be a vibrant, thriving community that values both head and heart, that puts love over fear, and that seeks to be the body of Christ in this time and place.

701 Warren Wilson Rd   Swannanoa North Carolina 28778

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Urban Dharma NC*

Buddhist

We believe that Buddhist teachings have much to offer—not only to those who self-identify as Buddhist, but more fundamentally to all who seek to live intentional, compassionate, and balanced lives. And we believe that we can do this best when we have a community that is welcoming, open, and supportive.

29 Page Avenue Asheville North Carolina 28801

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Unity of the Blue Ridge*

Unity Worldwide Ministries

Welcoming and inclusive, UTBR honors all spiritual paths, celebrating Oneness!

2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd Mills River North Carolina 28759

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville*

Unitarian Universalist 

We are a welcoming congregation that supports and encourages a willingness to learn from many sources, including the teachings of the world’s great religions.

2021 Kanuga Road Hendersonville North Carolina 28739

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin*

Unitarian Universalist 

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Transylvania*

Unitarian Universalist 

Celebrating personal and religious diversity means we are an inclusive community, welcoming people regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, disability or personal belief about God.

24 Varsity Street Brevard North Carolina 28712

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Thermal Belt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship*

Unitarian Universalist 

TBUUF is affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association of North America and is an ethical and liberal religious community dedicated to promoting the ongoing search for truth and affirming the inherent worth of the individual.

835 N. Trade St. Tryon North Carolina 28782

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The Reconciling Ministry Group at Central United Methodist Church*

Methodist

We are a community for Christ in the center of the city. We welcome everyone without exception, and we affirm that all individuals are persons of sacred worth.

27 Church St Asheville North Carolina 28801

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The Namaste Center For Spirituality, Healing and the Arts*

Interdenominational

OUR MISSION: To foster Spiritual Growth within a loving, safe, diverse community by serving those seeking: Health Healing Happiness

2682-B Greenville Hwy. Flat Rock North Carolina 28731

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Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting*

Quaker - Friends

Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting is a faith community in Black Mountain, North Carolina deeply rooted in the principles of the Religious Society of Friends, the Quakers. We believe that all people have within them the inner light of the Divine and so our worship is open to everyone.

137 Center Avenue Black Mountain North Carolina 28711

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St. Matthaias*

​Episcopal 

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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church*

Episcopal

The community of St. Luke's is a sanctuary and instrument of Christ's love through compassion and healing for all.

170 Councill St Boone North Carolina 28607

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St. George's*

​Episcopal 

St. George's is devoted to social and environmental justice, creativity and the arts, contemplative practice, and building authentic community where all are truly welcome.

One School Road Asheville North Carolina 28806

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St. David’s Episcopal Church*

Episcopal

St. David's Episcopal Church is a community that celebrates a rich tradition while at the same time seeking new ways to express and experience the mysteries of God in Christ. We are intentionally inclusive, welcoming all people as they are.

385 Forest Hills Road Cullowhee North Carolina 28723

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Saint Johns*

​Episcopal 

Here at St. John’s Episcopal Church of Asheville we gather to practice the generous Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are a vibrant community celebrating the faith we share. Join us for worship every Saturday at 5 PM and every Sunday at 11 AM, followed by Coffee Hour.

290 Old Haw Creek Rd Asheville North Carolina 28805

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  • Add Other Content.  In our next phase, we plan to launch Welcoming Community Pages (e.g., Welcoming Faith, Welcoming Schools).  These will consolidate relevant content from several directories into one page.  We encourage you to add to these directories as we release them.
    • Welcoming Organizations
    • Welcoming Events
    • Welcoming Groups
    • Welcoming Workshops,  Speakers
    • Welcoming Resources
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  • Join our Virtual Center Team Our goal is to have each of our welcoming pages managed by a group of local leaders from the relevant community (e.g., faith, sports, school).
    • How to expand our community of contributing organizations, groups and users?
    • What content to feature?
    • How to monitor content to ensure that it reflects our values and intent?
    • How to evolve the page to make it more useful?
    • How to expand community outreach?
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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.  

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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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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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TARGET AUDIENCE: LGBTQ Community, Allies and Friends

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