Welcoming Congregation

What is A Welcoming Congregation?

The members of the Welcoming Committee are (front row, from left) Bodoin Azora-Minda, Irene Blacquiere, Laura Gaydos, (back row) Chris Pera, Rev. John Pastor, and Catherine Azora-Minda.

The members of the Welcoming Committee are (front row, from left) Bodoin Azora-Minda, Irene Blacquiere, Laura Gaydos, (back row) Chris Pera, Rev. John Pastor, and Catherine Azora-Minda.

A Welcoming Congregation celebrates the lives of all people and their ways of expressing their love for each other.

In the fall of 2012, the Welcoming Congregation Committee was formed to develop a program that would help members of our congregation learn and discuss issues specifically to be more inclusive of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ) community. As we participate in this program, we learn more about being welcoming and inclusive to all people.

An understanding of the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons is fully incorporated by a Welcoming Congregation throughout all programs, including religious education.

A Welcoming Congregation...

  • is inclusive and expressive of the concerns of LGBTQ people at every level of congregational life.
  • does not assume anyone’s affectional/sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
  • engages in outreach into LGBTQ communities.
  • celebrates the lives of all people and welcomes same-gender couples.
  • offers congregational and ministerial support for services of union and memorial services for LBGTQ persons.
  • seeks to nurture ongoing dialogue between people of different affectional/sexual orientations and gender identities.
  • encourages the presence of a chapter of Interweave (Unitarian Universalists for LGBT Concerns).
  • affirms and celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues and history.
  • as an advocate for LGBTQ people, attends to legislative developments and works to promote justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society.