Celebrating the Presence of LGBT&Q people
First Parish is among the many Unitarian Universalist congregations that have voted to welcome and celebrate the presence and participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and transgender persons – just as we welcome persons of any race, age, ability, or economic circumstances. Following a rigorous application process, First Parish was designated a Welcoming Congregation by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in October 1996.
The Welcoming Congregation movement embodies several of the Unitarian Universalist principles, and awareness and support for LBGQT issues continues to permeate First Parish culture. Children and youth at First Parish are encouraged to participate in the Our Whole Lives human sexuality program, which incorporates LBGQT issues throughout the curriculum. Virtually every Sunday, a message welcoming LBGQT members and visitors is part of the opening words, and on many Sundays these issues figure prominently in the sermon. Additionally, LBGQT issues are occasionally featured in the Needham Lyceum and other programs.
The Welcoming Congregation Program is a completely volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that want to take intentional steps to become more welcoming and inclusive of people with marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities.
For more information on LGBTQ issues and the UUA in general, see the UUA’s Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns website.
You can reach the Welcoming Congregation here.