What is a Welcoming Congregation?
We welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people to our community. The rainbow sticker worn by many members and friends on their nametags is a symbol of our commitment to diversity.
ACCORDING TO THE UUA, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A WELCOMING CONGREGATION?
A Congregation that publicly and successfully welcomes bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people has the following qualities:
- Includes and addresses the needs of LGBT persons at every level of congregational life — in worship, in programs, in social occasions, and in rites of passage — welcoming not only their presence, but the gifts and particularities of their lives as well.
- Includes an affirmation and nondiscrimination clause in its by-laws and other official documents affecting all dimensions of congregational life, including membership, hiring practices, and the calling of religious professionals.
- Celebrates the lives of all people and welcomes same-sex couples, recognizing their committed relationships, and equally affirms displays of caring and affections without regard to sexual orientation.
- Seeks to nurture ongoing dialogue between bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and heterosexual persons to create deeper trust and sharing. Affirms and celebrates GLBT issues and history during the church year.
- Attends to legislative developments and works to promote justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society.This is only a partial list of the important characteristics of a successful Welcoming Congregation.
Please see the complete list, as well as learn about other aspects of Welcoming Congregations at the UUA website devoted to this topic.