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, disabilities, 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.
We proudly announce that our congregation’s renewal as a Welcoming Congregation was granted in 2022! 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:
- 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
Days of Observance