Last Updated on Nov 09, 2018
Address
419 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN, 37206
Leadership
Pastor:
Kira Schlesinger
Gender:
Woman
Race:
White
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Clear: Non-Affirming
Clear: Non-Affirming
Clear: Non-Affirming
Clear: Non-Affirming
Clear: Non-Affirming
Clear: Non-Affirming
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Its website states that "St. Ann's welcomes all people interested in learning about, celebrating and showing in word and action the unconditional love of God that is the gospel message of Jesus Christ. We have a history and reputation for being inclusive and advocates for LGBTQ equality in our denomination and in the city of Nashville."

But it has an important caveat in its FAQ:

What is the Episcopal Church’s stance on same sex marriage and the blessing of a civil union of same sex couples?

Same sex marriage and the blessing of same sex civil unions has been endorsed and allowed in the Episcopal Church. The permission to perform same sex marriages and blessings varies from diocese to diocese depending upon the permission of the bishop. In the Diocese of Tennessee, of which St. Ann’s belongs, our bishop is one of a very few bishops who has not permitted marriage or blessings of same sex couples. The priest and members of St. Ann’s stand in solidarity with others in the diocese in support of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, to accommodate such weddings and blessings, and to change the policy in our diocese.

Defrocked pastor to visit St. Ann's Episcopal Church
(
Out & About Nashville 21/10/2014)


Clear: Egalitarian
Clear: Egalitarian
Clear: Egalitarian
Clear: Egalitarian
Clear: Egalitarian
Clear: Egalitarian
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What do you take or NOT take into account when scoring churches?

We take into account: public information available on church’s website, denomination’s website, and pastor’s statements (including social media).

We do not take into account: stories submitted by people, news articles, offline PDFs, etc.

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Clear scores are given to churches whose policies can be easily found on their websites’ primary pages (e.g. About, Beliefs). The language in the policies is clear and contains all necessary information.

Unclear scores are given to churches whose policies are difficult to find on their websites (e.g. located in sermon archives, blogs). The language in the policies may also be unclear.

Undisclosed scores are given to churches whose websites provide inconclusive evidence as to the churches’ policies.

For more detail, see our Score Definitions page. Please note that we score Women in Leadership policy a bit differently than LGBTQ policy as we factor into account gender representation on leadership teams. Why? Because personnel is policy (H/T @BroderickGreer). Representation is essential.

What is the difference between Verified Clear and other scores?

All scores, except for “Verified Clear,” are assigned to churches by our volunteers based on our scoring definitions and publicly available information online. The “Verified Clear” score is the highest and best score a church can receive. It is also the only score that a church obtains by proactively self-disclosing its policies through our Verified Clear survey, which is sent to all churches that have been scored in our database.

I’m a church leader and I’d like our church website to be more clear. What can I do?

That’s great news! Take a look at our Scoring Definitions, to begin with, to understand the difference between Clear and Unclear websites. Then, read our Church Clarity resource PDF, “How to be clear: For Church leaders.”

Why is this church scored as "Unclear: Affirming"?

Please review the Score Links & Notes section for the rationale for this church's score.

There are typically two reasons. The first is that the church has a statement affirming "sexual orientation" but not "gender identity." Similarly, the chuch may mention they affirm people, "gay or straight," but not mention "transgender" folks.

The second reason is that the church does affirm the full LGBTQ+ spectrum, but it is hard to locate the church's affirmation statement on the church's website.

Please see our score definitions for more.

Why is this church scored as "Unclear: Egalitarian"?

If a church has an egalitarian policy, we provide a Clear or Unclear score based on whether the leadership team consists of at least 50% women and/or non-binary people. If so, then the church will get a Clear: Egalitarian score. If the senior minister is a woman, then that counts too. If not, then the church will get an Unclear: Egalitarian score. We factor representation into our scoring for Women in Leadership. Why? See this. Additionally, if it's hard to locate the leadership team on the website, then we will also score the church as Unclear.

For more see our Scoring Definitions.

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