An LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation
We are a Welcoming Congregation, recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association. As a Welcoming Congregation we have pledged to:
- honor the lives of all people and equally affirm displays of caring and affection without regard for sexual orientation.
- celebrate diversity by using inclusive language and content in worship.
- incorporate an understanding of the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons throughout all of our programs, including religious education.
- affirm and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues and history.
- affirm marriage equality and conduct same-sex weddings.
- advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, promoting justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society. We speak out when the rights and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are at stake.
Our long, proud history
Unitarian Universalism’s affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of all persons is the foundation of the denomination’s support for religious freedom, civil rights, social justice and marriage equality. Dating back centuries, prominent Unitarians such as President John Adams and suffragette Susan B. Anthony worked to create a more just society. In modern times, Unitarian Universalism (UU) became the first religious denomination to ordain openly LGBTQ clergy and has performed same-sex weddings for more than 30 years. Today, the Unitarian Universalist Association advocates for many secular LGBTQ issues, including anti-discrimination, AIDS, military service, sexuality education in public schools, marriage equality, and the Employment Non-discrimination Act. In fact, the first same-gender couple to get a marriage license in Massachusetts (the first state to legalize same- gender marriage) was a UU couple; the license was issued by the UU city clerk.