Durham Street Methodist has been recognised as an Affirming Church by Diverse Church – NZ’s rainbow Christian network. You can check out their listing of Affirming Churches.
According to Diverse Church NZ’s criteria,
- an Affirming church is one that accepts people into their community regardless of their gender identity or sexuality, including same-sex couples;
- they would baptize and share in the Eucharist (Communion) with LGBTQ+ people;
- LGBTQ+ people would be respected, their marriage affirmed, and the church would protect them from unwanted conversion prayer or therapy, and be willing to officiate a marriage for LGBTQ+ people in their own building with their clergy; and
- these churches encourage LGBTQ+ people to serve as a volunteer in the church and would hire LGBTQ+ people for any role or receive an LGBTQ+ person into any role and will ordain LGBTQ+ people or recommend for ordination as called.