LGBTQ-friendly religious resources at UMass Amherst and in the Amherst area
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and several campus ministers affiliated with the Religious Affairs Committee at UMass Amherst (and the organizations they represent), can be counted on to welcome and support LGBTQ students.
The local Congregational/UCC, Episcopal, Lutheran, Unitarian Universalist, Friends Meeting (Quaker), and most local Jewish organizations are welcoming and inclusive of LGBTQ individuals.
These resources include:
Rev. Kent Higgins
United Christian Foundation at UMass Amherst
(Baptist, Congregationalist, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian)
Rev. Steven Wilco
Immanuel Lutheran Church
867 N. Pleasant St. (one block north of campus)
Rev. Christopher Carlisle
Five-College Episcopal Chaplain (based at St. John's Church, Northampton)
Rabbi Saul Perlmutter
HILLEL at UMass Amherst
388 North Pleasant Street, Amherst
Covenant of the Goddess and Communitarian Church (Pagan)
Rev. Vicki Kemper
First Congregational Church of Amherst
165 Main St., Amherst
The Stonewall Center website has an extensive list of LGBTQ-friendly religious organizations throughout Western Massachusetts. Click here for the complete list (which is organized by religious denomination, including contact information).