lgbtq ministries

On May 2, 1999, St. Stephen’s passed a resolution to make an addition to its mission statement to welcome and affirm all people without regard to differences, including sexual orientation. Since then, we have continued to live out this statement of inclusion in our church and offer people of all sexual orientations and gender identities a place to worship and be celebrated as active and beloved members of a progressive faith community.

In 2008, St. Stephen’s became an official member of the Reconciling Ministries Network  of the United Methodist denomination. Through our Reconciling  Committee, St. Stephen's works to enhance the full welcome and embrace of ALL people in any new expression of Methodism. We do so by supporting those individuals, groups or actions that assist us in the breaking down of barriers or divisions that separate God’s family and hinder personal self–expression. We affirm the mission statement of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church and will welcome anyone who is drawn toward a religious presence in their lives.

A supportive

faith family

St. Stephen's supports the LGBTQIa community by hosting Norman Youth Safe Haven (formerly YOTSO) and by serving as the meeting place for PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.) St. Stephen's is a nurturing and accepting family of faith for LGBTQ individuals and their families.