In 2004, Heritage UU Church completed a two-year program to become more welcoming and inclusive of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender. As a result, the Unitarian Universalist Association officially recognized us as a “Welcoming Congregation.”
Since then, the congregation has had several cycles of LGBT welcoming activity, including the “Living the Welcoming Congregation” program.
In 2018, the UUA unveiled its Welcoming Congregation Renewal program. The UUA said, “To honor your original pledge, it’s essential that new people in the congregation (as well as people who were originally involved in the program) understand your congregation’s commitment to this work and learn about the current needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ people.”
In describing the need for renewal, the UUA website says, “Transgender Unitarian Universalists (UUs) are still struggling to find community in UU congregations. Bisexual UUs suffer from invisibility while asexual, intersex, and polyamorous communities are wrestling with a progressive faith that does not privilege their truth. These and the many more social ills that plague our LGBTQ+ and TGQNB* communities are calling us into a deeper commitment to ensure that our Unitarian Universalist congregations are living into the Welcome that we boldly proclaim.”
Heritage Church plans to pursue the Welcoming Congregation Renewal Program in calendar year 2020. If you would like to be on the team to help plan and implement this, or if you just want to know more, talk with Tracey DuEst, or email her at:
* Transgender, Genderqueer, Non-Binary