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Groups

 

Centre LGBTQA Support Network

The Centre LGBTQA Support Network is a group of community members who are committed to bringing the LGBTQ community and allies together in State College and Centre county, Pennsylvania.

Check out their Facebook page at: Centre LGBTQA Support Network Facebook page

 

TLC (The Lesbian Connection)

We are a central PA lesbian social group from Altoona, Lewistown, State College and many other surrounding areas. It was started in the early 80's as a way to find each other and plan fun events and activities. There is no official membership, no dues and no obligations. Typically we are 30-80 something's but all lesbians are welcome. We function as a network rather than a formal organization and we have no affiliation with Penn State or any other groups. We use the list to:

We ask that everyone in the group respect each other's privacy and not share personal information about members outside the group.

If you would like to learn more about TLC or to join the group, please contact us via email at TLCcentralPA@gmail.com.

 

Central PA GLBT Potluck Dinners

For more information email: glbtpotluck@yahoo.com

 

The Brunch Club (Gay and Bi Men)

For more information email: info@thebrunchclub.org

Or find us on the web at The Brunch Club

 

LGBT Center-Central PA History Project

 

Religious

LGBTQA-Affirming

Religious/spiritual student organizations & Communities in

State College and Bellefonte, PA

 

 

 

FRIENDS MEETING OF STATE COLLEGE

611 E. Prospect Ave. State College, PA 16801  

814.237.7051

http://statecollegefriends.org/

kgw11@scasd.org

“In 1995, we minuted a resolution stating that same- gender couples would be married under the care of the meeting on the same basis as any other couple.”

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County

780 Waupelani Dr. Ext.

State College, PA 16801

814.237.7605

www.uufcc.com or john_chubb@comcast.net

"The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County is a Welcoming Congregation that believes in and affirms the inherent dignity and worth of every person, and we include LGBT people in all aspects. The UUFCC offers commitment ceremonies for same-sex couples.”

University Baptist and Brethren Church of State College

411 S. Burrowed St.

State College, PA 16802

814.237.2708

http://www.ubbcwelcome.org/

ubbc@verizon.net

"Believing that God’s unbounded love and grace are offered to all and meant to be shared and celebrated by all, we embrace persons of every age, race, sexual orientation, ethnic and religious background, and economic means as vital and integral members of God’s family. We welcome EVERYONE to participate in all aspects of the worship, membership and life of our church.”

ST. ANDREWS EPISCOPAL

208 W. Foster Ave.

State College, PA 16801

814.237.7659

http://www.standrewsc.org/

estandrewint@aol.com

“We welcome all persons, regardless of their race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, capability, or circumstance of life.”

St. John’s Episcopal

Allegheny & Lamb Street

Bellefonte, PA

814.238.8754

http://bellefonte.com/churches/stjohns/

“We are an inclusive community of prayer that empowers our members to seek and serve Christ in all persons, while striving to be a voice and agent for justice and peace among all people, respecting the dignity of every person.”

Faith united Church of christ

300 E. College Avenue

State College, PA 16801

An Open and Affirming Congregation

Pastor Monica Dawkins-Smith

814.237.3904

www.faithucc.info

email: faithuccpastor@comcast.net

“Faith United Church of Christ seeks to be a dynamic and inclusive faith community embodying the love of Jesus Christ as we grow through worship, learning, fellowship, and service. Relying upon faith in God as a foundation for contemporary living, our mission is to strengthen the spiritual lives of people, empowering individual and collective faith journeys and encouraging ministry with neighbors throughout the world that expresses our common humanity under God.”

Please see other side for additional groups…

STATE COLLEGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

132 W. Beaver Ave.

State College, PA 16801

Pastor Dean Lindsey

Associate Pastor Joel Blunk

814.238.2422

www.scpresby.org

email: officescpc@gmail.com

“In response to God’s unconditional love and Jesus’ example of hospitality, State College Presbyterian Church is called to be a welcoming community. We affirm all people equally, regardless of, for example, race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, capability, religious background, or circumstance of life.We are committed to removing barriers that separate us. As we gather in worship, fellowship and service, all are welcome.”

UNIVERSITY MENNONITE CHURCH

1606 Norma Street (downtown)

State College, PA 16801

Pastor Marv Friesen

Pastor Ben Wideman

814.234.2039

http://www.universitymennonite.org/

"At University Mennonite Church we value and respect the unique contributions each person brings to the body of Christ. We recognize the sacred worth and dignity of all people and celebrate the image of God in our diversity. All are welcome at UMC, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, physical or mental health, education, and economic or marital status."

EPISOCPAL CAMPUS MINISTRY (THE CONGREGATION

OF ST. FRANCIS)

208 W. Foster Ave.

State College, PA 16801

814.237.7659

www.clubs.psu.edu/up/esm

Advisor: Candace Davison

ccdnuc@engr.psu.edu

“We are a community that celebrates diversity, welcoming undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and children. We are a community that celebrates inclusiveness, welcoming all persons, regardless of race, ethnic background, gender, or sexual orientation. We are a community that, in the spirit of Jesus Christ, welcomes all who seek to engage God. To this end, Episcopal (Anglican) Campus Ministry provides opportunities for worship, spiritual formation, prayer, pastoral care, service to others, fellowship and fun.”

PENN STATE HILLEL

114-117 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

University Park, PA

814.863.3816

Executive Director: Aaron Kaufman

www.pennstatehillel.org/

HILLEL@psu.edu

“Penn State Hillel's doors are open to all students, of all sexual orientations and gender identities.  We affirm the dignity of every human being that we are all made in God's image, and we work and pray for the day when the entire world recognizes this. 

The Director of Hillel, Aaron Kaufman, is a member of the LGBT Support Network.”

westminster presbytarian fellowship

211 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

University Park, PA

814.238.2422

www.scpresby.org/

Advisor: Diana Malcolm

dwmalcom@gmail.com

“WPF is an organization that supports spiritual growth and education among students at Penn State. Though we are affiliated with the State College Presbyterian Church, we welcome anyone from the Penn State community who would like to join our community of faith. We are a reformed and continually reforming Christian organization; aninclusivebody that offersallparticipants an opportunity to share in the compassion and joy of Christ’s presence.”

       

DHARMA LIONS: THE MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION COMMUNITY AT PENN STATE

www.dharmalions.com

President: Kamila Dvorakova – kud167@psue.edu

Advisor: Meg Small – mxs693@psu.edu

“Dharma Lions is a community that’s dedicated to practicing and revealing greater sense of wellbeing for ourselves and others. We provide space to explore mindfulness in a simple yet direct and meaningful way, usually through guided instructions by senior meditation practitioners. The invitation is to explore our deepest values, discover the inner world of authenticity, and experience a true sense of belonging. Our group is open to all students and local community members from beginners to enlightened beings :) We hope to meet you and learn together from each other. May you be well, happy, and peaceful!”

vEDIC sOCIETY

205 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

University Park, PA

814.753.4331

www.clubs.psu.edu/up/vedicsociety

vedicsociety@gmail.com

“We are a student club geared towards proactively bringing about a transformation in a holistic manner, through the science of Yoga. Seeking inspiration from the ancient Vedas, which describe the yoga process, our goal is to reinstate our true spiritual nature and help like-minded souls in this exciting journey. We firmly believe that all problems—anxiety, hatred, violence, quarrel, greed, economic, environmental, etc., can be effectively solved only at the spiritual level.

Our focus is to bring about a transformation, inside-out, and working on the ecology of the heart.

There are only two qualifications for being a member of this club:  Inquisitiveness and an Open Heart.

Membership is free and open to all. Labels are functions of the body and mind. Our basis is to go beyond these temporary designations of race, color, creed, country, sexual orientation. At the level of the soul (only), there is equality! If there is life, we respect it. We respect even if there's no life!”

silver circle

202 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

University Park, PA

http://www.clubs.psu.edu/up/silverc/

silvercircle@psu.edu

Advisor: Jeffrey D’Angelo -  jcd@psu.edu

“The goals that we have set forth for Silver Circle are:

A.  To foster a healthy spiritual community of people on different spiritual paths, pagan or otherwise.

B.  To educate the University, the local community, and others about pagans and paganism while helping to diminish negative stereotypes.

C.  To provide and foster an environment for those interested in pagan beliefs and practices, as well as supporting the free exchange of ideas.  This includes meeting grounds, spiritual ceremonies, rituals and learning opportunities.

D. To promote understanding, acceptance, and tolerance of various spiritual beliefs with an emphasis on pagan religions.”

PENN STATE LUTHERAN STUDENT COMMUNITY

211A Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

University Park PA

814.865.0715

www.clubs.psu.edu/up/lutheran/

lutheran@psu.edu

Campus Minister: Alicia Anderson - ara2@psu.edu

"The Lutheran Student Community of Penn State is an intentionally safe place - open to all students - regardless of faith background, church denominational history, economic status, political affiliation, ancestry, color, national origin, race, sexual or gender orientation, disability or handicap, political persuasion, age, or academic standing." Note: The campus minister for Lutheran Student Community, Alicia Anderson, is a member of the LGBT Support Network”.

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Atheist/agnostic association

202 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

University Park, PA

www.clubs.psu.edu/up/psuaaa/

www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2362043226

 “The Penn State Atheist/Agnostic Association is dedicated to providing a comfortable, social atmosphere to nonbelievers of all shapes, sizes, and preferences. We hold no holy scripture condemning homosexuality, and many of us are appalled at the bigotry directed at homosexuals by religious fundamentalism and American society. We welcome all people with open arms.”

BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA (BAOCP)

800 Stratford Drive, Apt. 32.

State College, PA 16802

Email:baocpa800@gmail.com

Website: http://ddmbapa.org/

“We are a Buddhist organization providing a meeting place for people interested in Buddhism and mediation in Center Country area. We welcome all regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, and sexuality.”

PENN STATE INTERFAITH POWER AND LIGHT

211 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

University Park, PA

http://www.clubs.psu.edu/up/ipl/

Cricket Hunter

Executive Director, PA-IPL

chunter@paipl.org

www.paipl.org

“Penn State Interfaith Power and Light (PSU-IPL) welcomes all those interested in combating climate change through the lens of their faith or spiritual tradition. Our group makes the ethical connection between our over-consumption of carbon here,    and the direct suffering this is causing others, particularly the world's poor.

Our group is also open to all faiths and spiritual traditions. Feel safe in joining this non-discriminatory organization, and help save the planet.”

BUDDISHM FOR PEACE (Nichiren Buddhist tradition)

AFFILIATED WITH SOKA GAKKAI INTERNATIONAL (SGI)

http://www.sgi-usa.org

Hope Schmid, President

hes5119@psu.edu

Advisor: Chitrita Debroy – rcd3@psu.edu

“Soka Gakkai International-USA is an American Buddhist organization that promotes peace, culture, education and personal happiness based on the teachings of the Nichiren School of Mahayana Buddhism. Our members are from a broad range of ethnic and social backgrounds. Our membership reflects the diversity of American society and we warmly embrace members of the LGBT community, their families and friends.”

PENN STATE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST  STUDENTS

(Affiliated with Unitarian Universalist Fellowship)

211 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center      

University Park, PA

http://sites.psu.edu/pennstateuu/

Advisor: Laura Brown – lsb7@psu.edu

“Unitarian Universalist’s covenant is to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of

every person.”

PENN STATE 3rd WAY COLLECTIVE

Affiliated with the University Mennonite Church

1606 Norma Street (downtown)

www.3rdwaycollective.org

Advisor/Pastor:  Ben Wideman

Ben@3rdwaycollective.org

"At University Mennonite Church and it’s affiliated student organization, 3rd Way Collective, we value and respect the unique contributions each person brings to the body of Christ. We recognize the sacred worth and dignity of all people and celebrate the image of God in our diversity. All are welcome at UMC and 3rd Way Collective, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, physical or mental health, education, and economic or marital status."


National Resources

DignityUSA

http://www.dignityusa.org/

Celebrating the wholeness and holiness of lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender Catholics

Lutherans Concerned / North America

http://www.lcna.org/

A Christian Ministry affirming God's love for people of all sexual orientation and gender identities since 1974.

IntegrityUSA

http://www.integrityusa.org/

Since 1974, Integrity has been a faithful witness of God's inclusive love to the Episcopal Church and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. We are working for the full inclusion of all the baptized in all the sacraments.

More Light Presbyterians

http://www.mlp.org/

A network of people seeking the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Evangelicals Concerned

http://www.ecwr.org/

Evangelicals Concerned (EC) is a safe place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christians to reconcile and integrate their faith and sexuality. As a non-denominational community, EC encourages spiritual growth for anyone on their journey of faith through conferences, local groups, bible studies, and educational resources.

World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews

http://www.glbtjews.org/

Our vision is an environment where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Jews worldwide can enjoy free and fulfilling lives.

Al Fathia

http://www.al-fatiha.org/

Al-Fatiha Foundation is dedicated to Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, those exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity, and their allies, families and friends. Al-Fatiha promotes the progressive Islamic notions of peace, equality and justice. We envision a world that is free from prejudice, injustice and discrimination, where all people are fully embraced and accepted into their faith, their families and their communities. Founded in 1998, Al-Fatiha Foundation is a registered US-based non-profit, non-governmental organization.

Soulforce

http://www.soulforce.org/

Freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.

(Interfaith/Multi-faith/Secular organization; deals with many religious issues.)

Human Rights Campaign Living Openly Guide

www.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/livingopenly.pdf

Resources for coming out and maintaining and finding welcoming religious/spiritual communities, how to talk with your spiritual/religious leader, and services/information on religious news and how to find your  “religious/spiritual voice.”

 

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