I'm looking for a church or spiritual community for my son (age 5) and I. Commitment to social justice, full inclusion of all people including the LGBT community and no fire and brimstone! Are there any in Brooklyn? I'd love to find one that is upbeat, has a nice feel and great music. Thanks so much!
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The Society of Friends (Quakers) is super inclusive and almost totally devoid of fire and brimstone. Quakers have been some of the most progressive folks in American history - working to end slavery and the oppression of women the LGBT community. The meeting house is in downtown Brooklyn. It may not be the best fit for you guys though since there's no music during meeting (service). The kids have music at First Day School though (Sunday School). Perhaps a Unitarian congregation would be a better fit - I think they incorporate a lot more music into services. Maybe this place would be worth a visit? http://www.allsoulsbethlehem.org/index.html
Park Slope United Methodist. Amazing congregation, great services, very active in the community (especially LGBT issues) but all around active. GREAT congregation and wonderfully progressive.
6th Ave and 8th Street
Church of Gesthemane may also be an option:
We are welcoming, diverse and inclusive. We are a unique intentional congregation of persons from all racial, ethnic, economic and educational backgrounds, “founded in 1986 as a New Church Development and established as a church in 1989, The Church of Gethsemane is a congregation of The Presbyterian Church (USA) created by and for incarcerated persons, formerly incarcerated persons, their families, neighborhood persons, and people who feel called into ministry with the poor.”
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I am no longer a church going person butI have heard nice things about the congregation at Park Slope United Methodist as mentioned above. I had a neighbor years back who was raised in the South with fire and brimstone and hated that Church because it was too liberal. She eventually moved to DC to find a more suitable church to attend as most NYC Protestant churches were too liberal for her tastes.
Also friends that are products of mixed religious families say the Unitarian Church in Brooklyn Heights is wonderful.
If you are looking for a church that is committed to social justice for all, has an incredible religious education program, and an outstanding music program I strongly suggest visiting the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn. http://www.fuub.org/home/
Their whole entire reason for being is social justice, they have an incredible music director and choir, and a long standing Religious Education program. We are a same sex couple and would never consider attending any where else other than a Unitarian Universalist congregation. The associate minister married us at our home this past November. You will be filled with joy attending this congregation.
Hell, stop pretending and dispense with the God stuff altogether while maintaining your sense of self-righteousness. Check out the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, everything I've read outside of their (really, really nice) building suggests that they can provide all the social justice and inclusivity stuff a person might need.
That's right, I'm back (for the moment) and crankier than ever!
My suggestion was a serious one though, BSEC sounds like it would be up your alley.
Things might have change in the last 150 years but Plymouth Church over in Brooklyn Heights helped free the slaves.Don't get me started