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.
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More information about the UUA Welcoming Congregation Program is available on the UUA website.
Join us for Services Sunday Mornings at 10 AM
Childcare provided on Sundays.
Holiday Service for All Ages
The Rev. Janet C. Bush and the Worship CommitteeA celebration of December holidays through readings, stories and song, and the traditional decorating of our mitten tree. Please bring hats, gloves, and men’s cotton socks to share with community members served by area homeless shelters.
(No religious education classes today)
Christmas Eve Services at 4 and 7 PM
Two services of lessons and carols, with a family focus at the 4 PM service.
December 28Hymn Sing
The Worship CommitteeA year end tradition, at which members of the congregation choose favorite hymns for all to sing. There are no religious education classes, but childcare will be provided.
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