Welcoming Congregation

First UU Principle:  We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

In the summer of 2008 we decided to embark on the journey of becoming a Welcoming Congregation.  Using a curriculum provided by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) as a starting point, we explored our personal attitudes and observed our congregational habits, with the goal of ensuring that the fellowship will be a welcoming home for all individuals, regardless of our sexual and affectional orientation or our gender identification or expression.

We have found this process to be a lively and thought-provoking experience. Our Welcoming Congregation Committee meets regularly for conversation and planning. The committee has sponsored a series of film nights, panels on sexual orientation and on transgender issues, and other programs for Sunday morning services. We have provided after-service workshops on LGBT issues and on bullying.

Having received our official Welcoming Congregation status from the Unitarian Universalist Association in the summer of 2011, we are committed to continuing our work, expanding our understanding of gender and sexuality and reaching out beyond our doors.

We are also active in efforts to gain equal rights for all people, with a focus on members of the LGBT community who do not yet fully enjoy the rights of heterosexuals under the law. We are committed to marriage equality and to the passage of ENDA, the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

If you would like to join us in our efforts to become a truly welcoming congregation, please let us know. We welcome anyone who shares our goal.

 We invite you to come stand on the side of love with us!