In 2001 we were recognized as a “Welcoming Congregation” by the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) https://www.uua.org/lgbtq/welcoming/program. As such, we have publicly committed and are proud to extend a wide welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) individuals, families, and communities. We work to promote acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and equity for LGBTQIA+ persons of all ages, abilities, colors, and genders, both within our
denomination and in society at large. We work with Side With Love https://sidewithlove.org/ and are committed to protecting the civil and legal rights of LGBTQIA+ people and families across the country.
The work of welcome is never done in addressing transgender issues, bisexual and queer issues, and the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity with other identity factors like age, race/ethnicity, class, and ability. In our current work, we have added a focus on class awareness, thereby expanding our wide welcome.

Wide Welcoming Team (formerly Welcoming Congregation Committee)

Our mission is to extend radical welcoming to each person who enters our door so that a beloved community is created and sustained.

Our current projects include our annual Welcoming Congregation recertification, Rochester PRIDE Fest, Transgender Inclusion in Congregations class, and class awareness. If you are interested in being a part of the Wide Welcoming Team or helping out on any of the projects, contact welcominguuroch@gmail.com.

Welcoming Congregation Recertification

We proudly announce that our congregation’s renewal as a Welcoming Congregation was granted in 2021! The Wide Welcoming Team submitted all the documentation required to update and review our LGBTQIA+ programs in line with the requirement to annually confirm our implementation of the Five Practices of Welcome which are:

1. Become a Welcoming Congregation
2. Welcoming Worship Services
3. Welcoming Days of Observance
4. Welcoming Religious Education
5. Support a Welcoming Project

These benchmarks in areas of education, congressional life, and community outreach help ensure that LGBTQIA+ individuals feel welcomed, centered, and embraced by our UU congregation and that Unitarian Universalist congregations are living into the Welcome that we boldly proclaim. For more information about the Five Practices of Welcome Renewal, please see the following link: https://www.uua.org/lgbtq/welcoming/program/five-practices-welcome-renewal

Class Awareness
Classism and economic inequality are threats to the American dream, and, as an organization, we are committed to awareness of class issues both within and outside the Unitarian Universalist congregation. For too long, Unitarian Universalism and society at large have chosen to ignore class issues. It is a very positive sign that we are, at least, recognizing that these issues are not going away and that they must be addressed if we are to become a beloved community where everyone is valued and recognized.

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Days of Observance