Who we are

In 1998, a coalition of affirming congregations in Indianapolis began sponsoring annual Prayer gatherings at the Indiana Statehouse  to dramatize the need for justice for the  GLBT community; by the third year the gathering included fifteen faith organizations as sponsors.

After the third gathering in 2000, representatives from the sponsoring congregations decided to form a standing coalition that would work systematically year round to unite   people of faith in their support of equal rights for GLBT community.

From the twenty-three faith communities who originally guided the work of The Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination , ICON continues to add faith communities and individual members throughout the state . We have  worked throughout the state with individuals and organizations to bring a faith based voice to end discrimination of Gays,Lesbians, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered, Questioning and Intersexed individuals.

The members of ICON believe that lasting progress toward justice for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) Hoosiers is not possible without including  the voice from faith institutions that choose not to discriminate.

ICON’s members include individuals, families, institutions, and faith communities. The Board of Directors meets regularly and is comprised of representatives from the founding faith communities

ICON is an organization of people of faith who are concerned about the consequences of intolerance against sexual and gender minorities. Particularly, we are concerned about religious intolerance and lack of acceptance of God’s diversity. Our purpose is to create positive change through education and social action, so that gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersexed, and transgendered people will be able to live in peace and equality.

Examples of ICON at work include educating legislators, coordinating dignified and responsible social action, and providing resources for churches, mosques, synagogues and faith communities who wish to enter into the dialog regarding religious and spiritual tolerance.

Communities of Faith Continue to Support Marriage Equality

From the faith perspective 9 denominations publicly affirm same sex marriage: 6 have no policy and individual congregations decide, 2 have policy blessing same sex unions, and hundreds of independent churches support marriage equality. Indiana is home to these faith communities.. legislators need to know.

 One Doesn’t Have to Lose Faith .. Many faith communities do not discriminate

Many faith communities and denominations have publicly declared their inclusion (as a denomination) of GLBT: Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) United Church of Christ (UCC), Unitarian Universalists, Unity, Reconstructionist, Reform and Conservative Judaism, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,  Church of Christ and certain Quaker sects perform same sex marriages as well as ordination (or equivalent) of openly gay individuals. (Note: individual congregations in some of these may not be as inclusive). Episcopal, Presbyterian, and certain Buddhist and Muslim sects bless same sex unions and have no restrictions on ordination.
Locally ,The Church Within has for over 20 years also included GLBTQI in ordination and blessings of unions.
And for those denominations who have yet to make that decision, Disciples of Christ churches are regional in including GLBT to marriage, unions, and ministry. Disciples have an intentional process called Open and Affirming, which publicly delineates that congregation as including.
In the same vein, United Methodists have Reconciling Ministries : congregations go through the process and vote themselves Reconciling. (Unlike the Disciples, the UMC has no allowance for blessing of unions or marriage- (and has expressly prohibited minsters to perform any blessing of unions or same sex marriage, and prohibits their church buildings use for such.)
As with all faith communities, there are denominations mentioned whose book of discipline or denominational guidelines consider homosexuality as unnatural or against laws of G-d. Moreover there are individual congregations who work tirelessly for inclusion.

Member Organizations

Last updated November 19, 2013

 

The following faith communities actively support the mission of ICON . They are a fraction of the  churches, synagogues, and houses of worship  throughout Indiana that affirm LGBT  as holy and equal . For more information on these communities, please click on the link for information on worship, services, and discussions provided by the particular community.

 

North United Methodist Church Indianapolis, IN

www.northchurchindy.com

Central Christian Church (Disicples of Christ), Indianapolis, IN

www.indyccc.org

The Church Within, Indianapolis, IN

The Church Within lives as a leader in LGBTQA efforts through both the subtle witness of openly lived lives of its members and the planned, purposeful efforts of its on-going advocacy.  Yvonne Brandenburg, pastor of the church for a decade joins the work of the church’s members and ordained ministers in both governmental and societal support of marriage and full and equal rights for all.  The church’s theater, Theatre Non Nobis, name derived from its meaning of ‘not unto oneself’ combines quality drama with the work of superb local actors, tilting challenges of society on its edge and offering change, and hope. This interspiritual church and its outreach in areas of homelessness, hunger, children and youth advocacy, HIV testing, education, and cure offers joy and meaning through its 10:00, Sunday services as well as its outreach and care.

The Church Within is located at 1125 Spruce Street just south of Prospect at the corner of Prospect and Spruce in Fountain Square.

http://www.thechurchwithin.org/

Cumberland First Baptist Church

www.cumberlandfbc.org

Fall Creek Friends Meeting,  Pendleton

http://ovym.quaker.org/index_files/FallCreek.htm

 

First Congregational United Church of Christ, Indianapolis, IN

http://www.fcindy.org/

Life Journey Church, Indianapolis, IN

http://lifejourneychurch.cc/

MCC Illiana, Portage IN

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, IN

www.stlukesumc.com

Affinity, Indianapolis

Bloomington Friends Meeting

Church of the Saviour, UMC, Indianapolis, IN

Broadway United Methodist Church

Circle Unitarian Universalist, Indianapolis

Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Indianapolis

North Meadow Circle of Friends, Indianapolis, IN

Orthodox Catholic Church of America, Indianapolis

Lockerbie Central United Methodist Church

Plymouth Congregational Church, Fort Wayne

Powerhouse Church  of  Indianapolis, IN

ST. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Indianapolis

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Carmel

Temple Israel, Gary

Unitarian Universalist Church, Bloomington

Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis

Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette

Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Fort Wayne

Board of Directors

Rev. Melody Merida
Chair
Life Journey Church, Indianapolis

Rev. Judith Carson
Vice-Chair
The Church Within, Indianapolis

Kerry Armstrong
Treasurer
Central Christian Church – Disciples of Christ, Indianapolis

Rev. Kevin Rose
Secretary
Cumberland First Baptist Church 

Lyn Berkebile
North United Methodist Church, Indianapolis

Pastor  Keith McQueen
Powerhouse Church, Indianapolis

Kevin Rottet
Unitarian Universalist Church, Bloomington

Ellen Schremp
LifeJourney Church, Indianapolis

Rex Sprouse
Fall Creek Friends Meeting, Pendleton

Rick Sutton
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Indianapolis

 

Rev. Marie Siroky
Chaplain, Northwest Indiana