Religious-Spiritual Groups in South Jersey

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

Email: info@bitr.org
Website: http://www.cbitr.org/

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
Website: http://www.bbpc.org

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


Center for Spiritual Living
662 Eagle Rock Ave., West Orange, New Jersey 07052

Contact: Waya, Reverend Michelle Wadleigh
Phone: 973-669-1900
Email: Cslnorthjersrey@gmail.com
Website: http://www.cslnj.org/home.html

An open and affirming community. Teaches that heaven and hell are states of consciousness that you experience in this lifetime. Sunday morning services are Meditation at 10:40AM and Celebration Service at 11:00AM.


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

Phone: 201-262-6300
Website: http://cucparamus.com/news/

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
Email: christchurch1@ptd.net
Website: https://www.christchurchnewton.org/

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
Email: office@christchurchepiscopal.org
Website: http://christchurchepiscopal.org/

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
Email: pastord@cohssnj.com
Website: http://www.cohssnj.org

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
Email: educator@bethchaim.org
Website: http://www.bethchaim.org/

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
Email: office@bethhatikvah.org
Website: https://www.bethhatikvah.org/

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
Email: office@bethmordecai.org
Website: http://www.bethmordecai.org

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 M’kor Shalom
850 Evesham Road, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003

Contact: Sarah Rosenson
Phone: 856-424-4220
Email: Sarah@mkorshalom.org
Website: http://www.mkorshalom.org

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
Website: http://crescentonline.org/

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
Email: bo@cresskillucc.org
Website: http://www.cresskillucc.org

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.


Dignity/New Brunswick
P.O. Box 10781, New Brunswick, NJ 08812

Phone: 732-968-9263
Email: dignitynb@earthlink.net
Website: http://home.earthlink.net/~dignitynb

A group for GLBT Catholics and their friends that meets twice monthly on every second and fourth Saturdays for Liturgy and occasional social events. All meetings begin at 7:30PM.


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

Contact: The Rev. Jerry Racioppi
Phone: 973-239-2850
Email: office@holyspiritverona.org
Website: http://holyspiritverona.org/

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
Email: revann@fccmtc.com
Website: http://firstcongmontclair.com

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
Email: info@fusp.org
Website: http://www.FUSP.org

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
Email: information@heartcirclesangha.org
Website: http://www.heartcirclesangha.org

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
Email: janvasys@gmail.com
Website: http://www.ilutheran.net/

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".


Integrity NYC-Metro


Contact: Christian Paolino
Email: newark@integrityusa.org
Website: http://www.integrityusa.org

An LGBT organization within the Episcopal Church. Represent welcoming congregations across the country and provide advocacy, social, outreach and worship opportunities.


Metropolitan Community Church of Christ the Liberator
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 3715 E. State Street, Hamilton, NJ 08619

Contact: Rev. Dr. David Williams, Pastor
Phone: 732-694-0290
Email: drdavidwilliams@mccchurch.net
Website: http://www.mccctl.com/

MCC Christ the Liberator: Inclusion-Community-Spiritual Transformation-Justice.

"We believe that LGBTQ People are made in God's own image and nothing can separate us from God's love."


Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church location
471 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ, 07052

Contact: Todd Shumpert
Phone: 973-731-8605
Email: pleasantdalepc@gmail.com
Website: http://www.pcusa.org/congregations/4851/

Extends a simple and unqualified welcome to all those who seek this path and this calling. Invites all children of God into active membership, encouraging the full participation of all members in every area of the life of this congregation.


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

Contact: Jim Powers-Hill
Phone: 732-747-3557
Email: pcas@verizon.net

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

Contact: Fr John
Phone: 908-756-0633 ext. 125
Website: http://www.churchofthesacredheart.net

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 sacredheartigi@gmail.com.


Sha'ar Communities
Various locations.

Phone: 201-220-6743
Email: shaarcommunities2@gmail.com
Website: http://shaarcommunities.org/about-shaar/

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
Email: georgelucey@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.stfrancisnj.org/

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

Contact: Rev. Gary C. LeCroy, Pastor
Phone: 201-837-3189
Email: Wayne.Olsen@sonybmg.com
Website: http://www.lutheransonline.com/stpaulstneck

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
Email: stpetersclifton@verizon.net
Website: http://www.stpeters-clifton.dioceseofnewark.org/

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
Email: executivedirector@tbaynj.org
Website: http://www.templebethahmyisrael.com

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

Contact: bethhaverim@optonline.net
Phone: 201-512-1983
Email: bethhaverim@optonline.net
Website: https://www.bethhaverim.org/

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
Email: admin@oasisnewark.org
Website: http://www.oasisnewark.org

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
Email: pastorleonia@gmail.com
Website: http://leoniapres.org/

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


The Red Ribbon Fellowship
Parish Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, Broad Street & Caldwell Place, Elizabeth, NJ

Phone: 908-353-1518
Email: rrf2214@yahoo.com
Website: http://redribbonfellowshipo.netfirms.com/about.html

A non-denominational congregation for those infected, affected, or concerned about HIV/AIDS. Meets every Friday at 6:00PM for dinner and 7:00PM for worship and fellowship.


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

Phone: 908-273-3245
Website: http://ucsummit.org

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
Email: uucwc@uucwc.org
Website: http://www.uucwc.org/

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
Email: ufcctrenton@gmail.com
Website: http://www.facebook.com/UFCCT

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
Website: http://ourzion.org/

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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