Religious-Spiritual Groups in South Jersey

B'nai Israel of Toms River
1488 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, NJ 08753


An egalitarian Conservative synagogue that warmly welcomes all Jewish LGBTQ persons, and families, and Interfaith families. Gesher Minyan will be held on the first Sunday monthly.

Bound Brook Presbyterian Church
409 Mountain Avenue, Bound Brook, NJ 08805

Contact: Rev Brooks Smith, interim Pastor
Phone: 732-356-3575

A warm, friendly, welcoming community in Central Jersey. Worship services are Saturday at 5:00PM and Sunday at 10:00AM.

Center for Spiritual Living
31 Westville Avenue, Caldwell, NJ 07006

Contact: Waya, Reverend Michelle Wadleigh
Phone: 973-403-3306

The Center for Spiritual Living North Jersey is here to serve as a community of support, love, and compassion for those who are looking to transform their life, to become emotionally healthy, and to prosper in ways that were previously unimaginable.

Central Unitarian Church of Bergen County
156 Forest Ave. Paramus, NJ 07652

Phone: 201-262-6300

Welcomes all people of good faith and, as a Welcoming Congregation, make a special effort to be inclusive of GLBTI people. Sunday services are at 10:30AM.

Christ Church Newton
62 Main Street, Newton, NJ 07860

Contact: Lisa Pachnos & Robert Griner
Phone: 973-383-2245

Is the Episcopal Church in the heart of Sussex County, and is renowned for its beautiful architecture, breathtaking music program, lively children's activities, and its outreach to the community. It grows every day.

Christ Episcopal Church
74 Park Ave, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028

Phone: 973-743-5911

A diverse, inclusive Episcopal parish in the Diocese of Newark. Welcomes all people with open arms. The building is wheelchair-accessible.

Church of the Holy SpiritSong NJ
Dover-Brick First Aid, 123 Second Ave, Normandy Beach, NJ 08739

Phone: 732-551-9382

An open and affirming Christian church with a real heart for the hurting, those who are having difficulties reconciling their sexuality and faith and all people in need. GLBTQI welcome.

Congregation Beth Chaim
329 Village Road East, Princeton, NJ, 08550

Phone: 609-799-9693

A warm and inclusive Reform synagogue. Offers pre-school, religious school, youth programming and adult education as well as Shabbat and holiday worship and activities.

Congregation Beth Hatikvah
36 Chatham Road, Summit, NJ 07901

Contact: Michal Fineman
Phone: 908-277-0200

Redefines what it means to belong to a synagogue. Here, you are part of a movement towards bringing back the richness of human togetherness. Mission is to infuse life with meaningful social interaction because of the belief the future of Judaism depends on the ability to stay connected. Welcomes all.

Congregation Beth Mordecai
224 High Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Contact: Rabbi Melinda Zalma
Phone: 732-442-2431

An open and inclusive congregation affiliated with the conservative movement who welcomes people from all backgrounds and lifestyles. Shabbat services are on Friday nights at 8:00PM and Saturday mornings at 10:00AM.

Congregation Makor Shalom
850 Evesham Road, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003

Contact: Sarah Rosenson
Phone: 856-424-4220

A Reform Jewish congregation that values and honors Jewish tradition, appreciates progressive thinking and embraces diversity. Offers a full range of programming for families, couples, singles, children and seniors.

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey, 07060

Contact: Rev. Robert Martin
Phone: 908-756-2468

Welcomes all people regardless of their sexual or gender identity. Worship is 10:30AM from September till June. In June, their service time goes to 10:00AM.

Cresskill Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
85 Union Avenue, Cresskill, NJ 07626

Contact: Rev. David C. Bocock, Pastor
Phone: 201-568-0608

Meets every Sunday at 10:00AM. A church where you can worship with your head and your heart, where the minister's sermons are engaging and applicable to daily living, where a church is socially conscious and involved in the world, and is inclusive and welcoming to all.

Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit
36 Gould Street, Verona, NJ 07044

Contact: The Rev. Jerry Racioppi
Phone: 973-239-2850

Joyfully explores and shares our faith, serves others, and welcomes all.

First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
First Congregational Church, UCC 40 South Fullerton Ave Montclair, NJ 07042

Contact: Ann Ralosky

A progressive, open and affirming congregation that welcomes all people, regardless of race, creed, ability, status, gender identification or sexual orientation. Gathers for a lively, inclusive worship service at 10:30AM each Sunday.

First Unitarian Society of Plainfield (FUSP)
724 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060

Phone: 908-756-0750

A welcoming, inclusive community to feed the human spirit, to inspire compassionate action, and to serve as a beacon for justice and love. Services are held each Sunday at 10:00AM.

Heart Circle Sangha
451 Hillcrest Road, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Phone: 201-445-1874

Fosters the practice and study of Buddhism in the Soto and Rinzai Zen traditions through meditation, study, services, retreats and workshops.

Immanuel Ev Lutheran Church
20 Monterey Circle in Lakewood, NJ

Contact: Jan Vasys
Phone: 732-363-1599

Offers a rich blend of Lutheran Tradition in our membership with many members tracing their heritage back to "the old country". Many members come from faith backgrounds outside the Lutheran tradition and find our liturgy and worship style very "user friendly".

Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury
Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury 352 Sycamore Ave. Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

Contact: Jim Powers-Hill
Phone: 732-747-3557

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
200 Randolph Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Contact: Fr John
Phone: 908-756-0633 ext. 125

In God's Image, A Catholic faith sharing group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:00PM in the Annex Building. Open to LGBT adults, 18 and over, and their families. All are welcome for faith sharing, prayer, conversation and support. For more information, contact Fr John at 908-756-0633, ext 125. or the group may be reached by contacting 908-822-5895 or by emailing

Sha'ar Communities
Various locations.

Phone: 201-220-6743

Choose your Gate. Open your soul. Find your community.

A groundbreaking suburban initiative founded by Rabbi Adina Lewittes, inspired by a broad vision of Jewish renaissance, and led by a team of dedicated lay leaders.

Welcomes people of all backgrounds, and especially seek to create inviting access into Judaism for those historically on the margins: LGBTQ Jews, singles, Interfaith/multi-heritage families and individuals, Jews of color and Jews by Choice.

St. Francis Independent Catholic Mission; All Inclusive Catholic Faith Community Celebrating Diversity
195 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028

Contact: Most Reverend Dr. George Lucey, FCR
Phone: 973-731-7765

Helps find a supportive community with a wealth of opportunities for spiritual and personal growth. Liturgy and conversation is every Sunday at 12:00PM.

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
9425 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247

Contact: The Rev. Allison Burns-LaGreca
Phone: 609-368-5922

The Holy Eucharist Rite II St. Mary's of Stone Harbor was established in 1910 and sits snugly on the Seven Mile Beach, a barrier island that serves as a popular seaside summer resort at the Jersey shore. Beautifully located, St. Mary's has a rich history of service to the community both on and off the island. The Episcopal Church Welcomes ALL!

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
61 Church Street, Teaneck, NJ 07666

Contact: Rev. Gary C. LeCroy, Pastor
Phone: 201-837-3189

A Reconciling In Christ congregation, welcoming diversity and is open to the Full Participation of all baptized people, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, color, national origin, economic status, or marital status.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church
380 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07011

Phone: 973-546-5020

Welcomes all persons to join them for worship, fellowship and service in the community. Families of all styles are welcomed.

Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael
60 Temple Drive, Springfield, NJ 07081-1521

Phone: 973-376-0539

An inclusive community that welcomes families, couples, singles, seniors, interfaith families, and GLBT Jews. Services are held twice each day, 365 days per year. The Jewish Gay and Lesbian Education and Outreach Committee sponsors meetings and events throughout the year.

Temple Beth Haverim Shir Shalom
Beth Haverim Shir Shalom 280 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah

Phone: 201-512-1983

A welcoming Reform Jewish congregation committed to meeting the religious, educational, cultural and social needs of their diverse membership.

The Oasis
LGBT Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, Episcopal House, 31 Mulberrry Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: 973-430-9909

A justice ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Straight persons, their families and friends, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, class, ability, economic or educational status.

The Presbyterian Church in Leonia
The Presbyterian Church in Leonia, Box 448, Leonia, New Jersey 07605

Contact: Leah Fowler
Phone: 201-944-1358

A small, diverse and active church. Welcomes the LGBT community. Enjoys community fellowship, lively worship, family life, and social justice outreach.

The Unitarian Church in Summit
4 Waldron Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901

Phone: 908-273-3245

A welcoming congregation, affirming the inherent worth and dignity of every person and has a long-standing commitment to the full inclusion and affirmation of all persons-without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. Worship services are Sunday at 9:30AM and 11:00AM. In July, they are August at 10:00AM.

Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing
268 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ 08560-1511

Contact: Rev. Charles Stephens
Phone: 609-730-1148

A Welcoming Congregation affirms a diverse membership where homophobia on all levels is not tolerated. Sunday services are at 9:15AM and 11:00AM. During the Summer, beginning in June, there is a single Sunday service at 10:00AM. Services are followed by a coffee hour.

Unity Fellowship of Christ Church Trenton (UFCCT)
First Presbyterian Church of Trenton, 120 East State Street, Trenton NJ 08608

Contact: Shawn Gray
Phone: 973-277-4410

A nonpartisan, nonprofit church led by founding Pastor Rev. Victoria M. Castillo and Assistant Pastor Rev. Brian Robinson. Believes in the Liberation theology for all. For more information, visit their Facebook.

Zion Lutheran Church
111 Midland Ave, Garfield, NJ 07026

Contact: Rev. Dr. Janet E. Blair
Phone: 646-321-3737

Welcomes LGBTQIA people in every aspect of church life, including leadership (pastors and other leaders with partners) and membership.

Welcomes same-sex couples who would like to be married in the ELCA. Zion’s vice pastor, Rev. Janet Blair, is licensed to officiate at marriage ceremonies in New Jersey and New York City.

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