Being a Welcoming Congregation
In the 1980s and 90s, when the word “welcoming” became a code word for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) launched a Welcoming Congregation Program to help us learn how to undo homophobia—and later, transphobia (prejudice against transgender people)—in our hearts and minds, our congregations, and our communities.
The UUA’s position is that each of us has worth and dignity, and that worth includes our gender and our sexuality. As Unitarian Universalists (UUs), we not only open our doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, we value diversity of sexuality and gender and see it as a spiritual gift. We create inclusive religious communities and work for LGBTQ justice and equity as a core part of who we are. All of who you are is sacred. All of who you are is welcome.
Books in the First Parish Library:
These books were recently added and are available for borrowing.
- Coming Out in Faith by Susan A. Gore and Keith Kron, eds.
- Queer There and Everywhere by Sarah Prager
- Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue by Nicholas M. Teich
- This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids by Dan Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo
- Trans Allyship Workbook by Davey Shlasko
- The Gender Creative Child by Diane Ehrensaft
- A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronshi
Other helpful resources:
Welcoming Congregation Vote
On February 6th, 2022, at the annual meeting of the congregation, First Parish Church in Weston UNANIMOUSLY voted to accept official recognition as a Welcoming Congregation! Some celebratory photos from the day of our vote:
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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead
For an overview and timeline of the programs and achievements
from our initial program, visit this page: