A common stigma seems to exist about places of worship refusing to coincide with the Queer community.  The following links places and people are further proof that you do not have to choose between your sexuality / gender identity and your religious beliefs.


    UCSC Resources

  • Chabad Student Center
    Judaism with a personal touch, provides a place where tradition meets trend, and uses a style that fuses mysticism with modernity. We are your Home Away From Home for Jewish celebration and education.
    Contact: Rabbi Shlomie Chein   Email

    Graduate Student & Postdoc Christian Fellowship
    Graduate students, post-doc students and friends seeking and serving Jesus in the context of our academic lives.  We meet weekly for Bible study on campus.  We would love to have you join us for dinners, studies, rereats, prayer, service projects, and fun.
    Contact: Peter Payne   Email


      Santa Cruz Resources

    • Bay Area American-Indian Two Spirits
      1800 Market Street, Box 95
      San Francisco, CA 94102
      (415) 865-5616   Email
      Bay Area American Indians Two-Spirits (BAAITS) exists to restore and recover the role of Two-Spirit people within the American Indian/First Nations community by creating a forum for the spiritual, cultural and artistic expression of Two-Spirit people. BAAITS is a community-based volunteer organization offering culturally relevant activities for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Native Americans, their families and friends. Two-Spirit refers to the commonly shared notion among many Native American tribes that some individuals naturally possessed and manifested both a masculine and feminine spiritual qualities.  American society commonly identifies Two-Spirit People as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender. Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits comes together to socialize, share and network in an alcohol and drug-free environment.

      First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
      Dave Grishaw‐Jones and Cordelia Strandskov, Pastors
      900 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
      (831) 426-2010     Email
      We are an open and affirming congregation committed to extravagant welcome! Seekers, believers, skeptics and families of all kinds have a home here. Join us for worship Sundays. Traditional service at 9:30 a.m. and jazz service at 11:00 a.m.

      Inner Light Ministries
      5630 Soquel Drive
      Soquel, CA 95073
      (831) 465-9090
      Inner Light Ministries is an Omnifaith outreach ministry dedicated to spiritual transformation. We provide "Tools for Living"TM that encourage the practical application of universal spiritual principles to all of life's circumstances.

      La Selva Beach Community Church
      26 Florida St.
      La Selva Beach, CA 95076
      (831) 688-4033
      On February 5, 2006 following a lengthy process of study, reflection and consultation, the La Selva Beach Community Church changed its mission statement to incorporate an explicit welcome to people of all ages, colors, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. This action was taken in light of our growing understanding of basic Christian teachings, with an emphasis on Jesus’ affirmation “to love your neighbor as yourself.

      Radical Faeries
      Radical Faeries (also Faeries and Fae) are a loosely-affiliated worldwide network and counter-cultural movement seeking to redefine queer consciousness through spirituality. The movement has expanded in tandem with the larger gay rights movement, challenging commercialization and patriarchal aspects of modern LGBT life while celebrating pagan constructs and rituals. Faeries tend to be fiercely independent, anti-establishment, and community-focused.

      Spiritual Resource Guild
      Out in Our Faith and The Diversity Center
      www.diversitycenter.org/programs/santa-cruz-area-faith-groups/
      A list of open, welcoming, and affirming congrations in Santa Cruz County. Compiled by Out in Our Faith and The Diversity Center.

      St John's Episcopal Church
      125 Canterbury Drive, Aptos, CA 95003
      (831) 708-2278, fax (831) 708-2293   Email 
      The Episcopal Church of St John's is a welcoming church and invites all to our worship and our faith community.