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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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April 5
 Resurrection, Renewal, and Rabbits
 The Rev. Janet C. Bush 
A reflection on the meanings we may find in Easter stories, old and new.
 
April 12
Service for All Ages: "Singing Wumps"
 The Rev. Janet C. Bush and Elizabeth Farnsworth 
A day to honor the interdependent web of life and remember our responsibilities to our earth home. Guitar-player and singer Elizabeth Farnsworth will join us for a service of community music-making and presentation of Bill Peet’s “The Wump World.”
 
  
 
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