The Welcoming Congregation Program

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is starting the process of becoming a Welcoming Congregation. 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 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT). Each congregation adapts the program to best meet its goals and each unique situation can bring positive changes to individuals and congregations.

First launched in 1990, the Welcoming Congregation Program grew out of an understanding that widespread negative attitudes, deep prejudices, and profound ignorance about lesbian, gay, and bisexual people existed within Unitarian Universalism, which resulted in the exclusion of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people from our congregations. Within the next decade it became clear that transgender individuals also faced particular problems. Read more about the history of the program or explore why the idea of “welcome” focuses on LGBT people.

Creating Multicultural Congregations

Multiculturalism encompasses many aspects of identity—race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability/disability, class, age, language and citizenship status, etc. Our current work takes seriously the intersection of identities; as the work moves forward, our resources will reflect a growing understanding of the complexity of multiculturalism as personal, cultural, and institutional identity. Here is a brief introduction to the resources you’ll find regarding our commitment to creating diverse, multicultural congregations within our Association.