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Welcoming Congregation

What does it mean to be a "Welcoming Congregation?"

We Are a Welcoming Congregation

Unitarian Universalism is very supportive of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and transgender (BGLT) people and their families, and has officially welcomed this community since 1970. We believe that our first principle, respecting "the inherent worth and dignity of every person," applies equally to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Since 1987, more than half of our congregations have completed a program to become especially welcoming to the BGLT community. These congregations are known as Welcoming Congregations, and are indicated on the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) congregation list with a rainbow chalice icon.

Unitarian Universalism is one of the few religions that ordains openly Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender people. We encourage our BGLT clergy to participate as fully in our faith as our heterosexual clergy.

In addition to welcoming BGLT people into our religious community, we also work to protect the civil and legal rights of BGLT people and families across the country. Unitarian Universalists have been at the forefront of the same-sex marriage debates, advocating for the right for each person to marry the partner of his or her choice.

(From the UUA Website)

Community Unitarian Universalist Church completed the UUA program several years ago and we will be revisiting it in the near future.