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Gender & Sexuality
The Episcopal Church acknowledges that the issues surrounding human sexuality, especially homosexuality, are complicated and unresolved.  The following groups are united by gender or issues surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. 
Anglican Delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women
This organization is gathered together under the auspices of the Anglican Observer at the United Nations and Women's Ministries of the Episcopal Church in the USA (ECUSA) in order to promote an effective Anglican presence at the 2004 meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) and thereby focus the attention of Anglican women around the world on issues important to women and children, particularly those in the third world and to further impact the fulfillment of the Millennium Goals, in particular, calling for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Beyond Inclusion
An organization of gay and straight people who advocate moving the Episcopal Church toward blessing same-sex relationships. Beyond Inclusion testifies that same-sex relationships are holy and beautiful in the sight of God, are theologically and liturgically justifiable, are compatible with Scripture, and should be blessed and recognized by the church. Additionally, the ordination of lesbians and gays represents an asset to the church community.
Church Women United
This racially, culturally, theologically inclusive Christian women’s movement, celebrates unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice. Founded in 1941, Church Women United (CWU) is a movement representing 25 million Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women and recognized as a non-governmental organization by the United Nations.
Claiming the Blessing
This organization is an intentional collaborative ministry of leading Episcopal justice organizations (including Integrity, Oasis, Beyond Inclusion and the Episcopal Women's Caucus) in partnership with the Witness magazine, the Every Voice Network and other individual leaders in the Episcopal Church. It focuses on promoting wholeness in human relationships, abolishing prejudice and oppression, and healing the rift between sexuality and spirituality in the Church.
A national network comprised of Clergy, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (CFLAG). Its purpose is to share experiences, support families and GLBT people, witness to the Episcopal Church.
Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
An organization committed to one another and called to be witnesses of Christ. They provide a safe place where every woman is free to become the person Christ created her to be. ECW is made up of women of all ages, ethnic origins and socioeconomic backgrounds in the Episcopal Church USA, who choose to participate.
Episcopal Men's Ministry
A network of clergy and lay leaders dedicated to raising up a vibrant ministry to men at the local, diocesan and national level. Its mission is to develop and sustain men's ministry programs in local congregations.
Episcopal Women's Caucus (EWC)
An organization that envisions a church that honors and rejoices in the ministries of all women.  EWC believes that such a church will honor and rejoice in the ministries of all people.
A nonprofit organization comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] Episcopalians and straight friends. Since its founding by Dr. Louie Crew in rural Georgia in 1974, Integrity has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church.
International Anglican Women's Network
IAWN is one of the networks of the world wide Anglican Communion. It was formed in November 1996 following a consultation convened by the Anglican Consultative Council and funded by the Mothers' Union and the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church Women of the Episcopal Church of the United States. Women from 14 of the (then) 32 Provinces of the Anglican Communion met in London and agreed that an international Anglican Women's Network be formed. Within official church structures, it reports to the Anglican Consultative Council.
A Journey in Disciple Making
Through ten years of active leadership and experience in Southwest Florida, we have developed a process for local congregations of any denomination or fellowship to use to draw men into the life of the church and equip them to be the disciples and the disciple makers Jesus calls us to be. Between 2007 and 2017, our vision is to disciple 100,000 new men of faith and draw them into the life of a local church.
Mother's Union, The
With more than three million members, the Mothers’ Union is the largest Christian women’s organisation in the world with a distinctive tradition of personal links and relationships worldwide. United by a common commitment to Christian family life, and by the custom of the cycle of midday prayers we are active in our own local communities, in all sorts of ways, fitting our activities to those local priorities and needs.
Oasis, The
A ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark that focuses on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Straight persons, their families and friends, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, class, ability, economic or educational status. The Oasis offers reconciliation, education, liberation, and hope to all who experience prejudice and oppression because of their sexual orientation or expression.
Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK)
An Order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, or churches in communion with it, or churches who are in the Historic Episcopate. Members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service. Daughters pledge to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ's Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of their parishes.
Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)
The March for Women's Lives, a million strong, included many religious feminists/womanists who lifted our voinces and our banners for reproductive justice, an end to war, and for new leadership in this country. The energy was infectious, the crowd beautiful, and the message on target.