"The River" is a group of LGBTQIA+ individuals and Allies at First United Methodist Church in San Diego and Ocean Beach.

Our vision is multi-faceted, but our focus is to do the work of the church following the teachings of Jesus, grow in our faith and support one another unconditionally. 

First Church is a reconciling Methodist Church which means we welcome and embrace LGBTQIA+ clergy. We also perform same-sex marriages, and no one is refused a place at our Communion Table. Our doors are open to everyone – no one is excluded. 

We are a small, but welcoming group. We invited our congregation to walk with us in the San Diego Pride Parade, and they showed up with love, compassion and open hearts. The experience drew us closer as a church and as friends. 

If you’re looking for a place to find love, compassion, acceptance and a safe place to grow in your faith, please come visit us on Sunday morning at 9 and 11 AM in Mission Valley (2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108) 

If you would like more information or want someone to talk to please contact "the River" here


THE RIVER (LGBTQIA group) Book Study

2nd Sunday | 12:15 | email Rev. Hannah for location & RSVP

Join us for a book study on UnClobber: Expanded Edition with Study GuideRethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality. This book study is exclusively for our immediate LGBTQI friends only. Allies will have an opportunity to join us for another book study. Stay tuned.  


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