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Welcoming Congregation Program

In 1987 the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) established the Common Vision Planning Committee. This committee found many negative attitudes, deep prejudices, and profound ignorance about bisexual, gay, and lesbian people, which resulted in the exclusion of bisexual, gay, and lesbian people from their churches. As a result of these findings (PDF of Report available from the UUA website), the delegates of the 1989 UUA General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to initiate the Welcoming Congregation program to educate its members. Each congregation adapts the program to best meet its goals and each unique situation can bring positive changes to individuals and congregations.

The Welcoming Congregation Program is a completely volunteer program for congregations that see a need to become more inclusive towards bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender people. It consists of a series of workshops developed by the UUA. The goal of the workshops is to reduce prejudice by increasing understanding and acceptance among people of different sexual orientations. Some of the workshop titles include: How Homophobia Hurts Heterosexuals; Connections to Other Forms of Oppression; Gender Socialization and Homophobia; and Biblical Perspectives on Homosexuality. Many congregations offer the workshop series several consecutive times as an adult religious education curriculum open to all members and friends. In some congregations the workshop series (and later the entire program) is sponsored by a Welcoming Congregation Task Force/Committee created for just this purpose, while other congregations sponsor the workshop series through their Interweave chapters. In either case, the workshops are best facilitated by those that have experienced the curriculum.

The Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence has been a Welcoming Congregation since 1995. Our Welcoming Congregation efforts are ongoing and include (but are not limited to) the work of the Big Ol' Gay Committee

More information about the UUA Welcoming Congregation Program is available on the UUA website. 


 

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Sunday Mornings at 10 AM
 Preschool childcare provided at all services. 
   
 November 2
 For This, I Am Grateful
The Reverend Janet C. Bush, Amy Szlachetka and Gabe Enz

We will hear reflections on gratitude from members of the congregation and participants in our small group ministry program.
 
 November 9
 Musical Sunday: But, seriously... 
 Gregory Hayes, Music Director
 
We are surrounded by noise, some of which carries meaning (think cell phones). Some of those sounds are musical--but are we listening anymore? What deeper insights might those particular sounds convey? And are we losing our ability to take them seriously? The morning's main musical offering will be Johannes Brahms's autumnal Trio in A minor for clarinet, cello, and piano, with guest musicians Robert Cantor and John Dunlop.

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Northampton, MA 01060
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