The Welcoming Congregation program, developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), is a rigorous program for congregations that want to become more inclusive toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning people. It also examines the connections between one’s spirituality, sexuality, and gender—all of which reside at the core of our being.
In the year following the congregation’s vote in 2006 to seek Welcoming Congregation status, the WC Organizing Team held a film and discussion series, teacher training, and a series of workshops aimed at reducing prejudice by increasing understanding and acceptance among people of different sexual orientations. The workshops:
- Provided the opportunity to learn about experiences of GLBTQ people through conversation with members of our community
- Examined the background of homophobia, the dynamics of the various kinds of oppression that nearly all of us endure at some point in our lives, and the ways that oppression functions in our society as well as how it has affected our personal realities
- Focused on our attitudes toward gender and sexuality and how we learned them
- Addressed issues of bisexuality and transgender identity.
Theodore Parker Church was granted Welcoming Congregation status in 2007.
To learn more about GLBTQ and Welcoming Congregation activities at Theodore Parker Church, please email the church office or leave a message at 617-325-4439. More information on the Welcoming Congregation program is available on the UUA website.