Welcoming Congregation Committee

Apply to Serve on the Welcoming Congregation Committee

In 1996, our congregation became designated as a Welcoming Congregation, a label reserved for Unitarian Universalist communities that have done the work to affirm and celebrate LBGTQ+ folks. While it is a source of pride that we were on the forefront of these conversations, it is time to renew our commitment to radical welcoming. This fall an ad hoc group proposed we re-engage with these conversations. To that end, Rev. Erica facilitated two community discussions, one in November 2022 and one in December, to learn what we have done well and what we can do better. The committee will begin with a continued assessment of how we are doing as a congregation: How do we welcome gender non-conforming folks? Trans folks? All LGBT and queer folks? Polyamorous folks?  Next the committee will lead our congregation through the Five Practices of a Welcoming Congregation. The committee is expected to meet twice a month initially and until established then will likely move to once per month on average over the long term. Next steps: In order to be recertified as a Welcoming Congregation, we need a committee to learn about and lead us through the Unitarian Universalist Association’s process of Welcoming Renewal. To that end, we are asking the Parish Committee to appoint 6 individuals to a three- year term on this new committee. If you are interested in serving, please fill out the below form by January 11th. Rev. Erica and the ad hoc group (Alan Linov, Ruben Hopwood, Melanie Cohn-Hopwood, Kate Lenox, Adam MacNeill, Zoe Stewart, and Steph Miserlis) will then review and submit selected applicants to our governing board for their approval.

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