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Complete List: 100 Awesome Churches

What makes a church awesome? Here are my criteria:

1️⃣ spiritually-enriching community
2️⃣ vibrant worship 
3️⃣ social justice warriors 
4️⃣ fully LGBTQ-inclusive 
5️⃣ actively invite people into Christian identity/belonging

I crowd sourced suggestions on social media this weekend. Immediately, nominations started pouring in from across the country. 33 states to be exact. Here are the first 100 nominated churches:

Alabama (1)

Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Leeds

Arkansas (1)

Mercy, Little Rock

Arizona (2)

First UCC, Phoenix

Southside Presbyterian, Tucson

California (13)

All Saints, Pasadena

All Souls Parish, Berkeley

First Congregational, Berkeley

First United Methodist, Los Angeles

Glide Memorial United Methodist, San Francisco

Hollywood United Methodist, Los Angeles

The Loft, Los Angeles

Merced United Methodist

Plymouth UCC, Oakland

St. Agnes and Most Holy Redeemer, San Francisco

St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco

The Table United Methodist, Sacramento

Wesley United Methodist, Fresno

Colorado (2)

Belong, Denver

Denver Community, Denver

House for All Sinners and Saints, Denver

District of Columbia (5)

Calvary Baptist

Capitol Hill United Methodist

Covenant Baptist UCC

Foundry United Methodist

Saint John’s Episcopal

Florida (1)

Faith United Church of Christ, Dunedin

Georgia (1)

Mercy, Atlanta

Illinois (6)

Church of the Good Shepherd, Carbondale

Flossmoor Community, Flossmoor

Loyola University of Chicago Chapel

St. Mark’s Episcopal, Glen Ellyn

Trinity UCC, Chicago

Urban Village, Chicago

Indiana (2)

First Congregational, Indianapolis

St. Paul’s Episcopal, Jeffersonville

Kansas (1)

Plymouth UCC, Lawrence

Kentucky (3)

Crescent Hill Baptist, Louisville

Douglass Blvd. Christian, Louisville

Highland Baptist, Louisville

Louisiana (2)

Christian Unity Baptist, New Orleans

Water’s Edge Gathering, Lake Charles

Massachusetts (7)

The Crossing, Boston

First Baptist, Jamaica Plain

Hope Central Church, Jamaica Plain

Kings Chapel, Boston

Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Boston

South Acton Congregational, Acton

United Parish Brookline

Maryland (1)

Cedar Ridge Community, Spencerville

Michigan (2)

King of Kings Lutheran, Ann Arbor

Westminster Presbyterian, Grand Rapids

Missouri (1)

The Gathering United Methodist, St. Louis

Minnesota (3)

Gloria Dei Lutheran, St Paul

Lake Nokomis Presbyterian, Minneapolis

Presbyterian Church of the Way, Shoreview

Montana (4)

Grace United Methodist, Billings

First Congregational, Billings

Mayflower Congregational, Billings

University Congregational, Missoula

New Hampshire (1)

Exeter UCC, Exeter

New York (14)

Broadway Presbyterian, NYC

Church of the Village, NYC

Emmanuel UCC, Watertown

Forefront, NYC

Fort Washington Collegiate, NYC

Greenpoint Reformed Church, NYC

Judson Memorial Church , NYC

Marble Collegiate Church, NYC

Metro Baptist, NYC

Middle Collegiate, NYC

Riverside, NYC

Rutgers Presbyterian, NYC

Saratoga Springs United Methodist

West End Collegiate, NYC

North Carolina (2)

New Creation, Hendersonville

Mission House, Salisbury

Ohio (3)

Carthage Christian, Cincinnati

Lord of Life Lutheran, Columbus

Saint Matthews, Westerville

Oklahoma (2)

Fellowship Congregational, Tulsa

Mayflower UCC, Oklahoma City

Oregon (2)

Christ Church Portland

Eugene Friends

Pennsylvania (5)

Arch Street United Methodist, Philadelphia

Beacon, Philadelphia

East Liberty Presbyterian, Pittsburgh

Tabernacle United Church, Philadelphia

United Church of Christ East Goshen, West Chester

South Carolina (1)

First Baptist, Greenville

Tennessee (1)

Edgehill United Methodist, Nashville!

Texas (5)

Cathedral of Hope, Dallas

Cathedral of Hope, Houston

Friends Congregational, College Station

Galileo, Mansfield

Wellspring, Georgetown

Virginia (2)

St. Stephen’s Episcopal, Richmond

Unitarian Universalist, Reston

Washington (1)

Bethany Presbyterian, Tacoma

Wyoming (1)

Casper UCC, Casper