We are proud that the Unitarian Church of Sharon is recognized as a Welcoming Congregation by the Unitarian Universalist Association. The Welcoming Congregation Committee helped to lead the congregation on the road to greater awareness of issues affecting LGBTQIAP+ people as well as full welcome and inclusion of all LGBTQIAP+ visitors, friends and members of our church. Please scroll down for explanation of the LGBTQIAP+ acronym.*
We are aware that being a Welcoming Congregation is an ongoing process and requires continued attention and effort, including:
- ongoing education of our congregation — through workshops, film series, book groups, worship services (including our annual “Rainbow Sunday”) and other events we aim to sustain our level of awareness and deepen our understanding of important issues regarding sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
- outreach to the community — we want everyone in the LGBTQIAP+ community to know that Unitarian Universalism as a movement and the Unitarian Church of Sharon in particular are welcoming and affirming of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We celebrate the gifts that members of the LGBTQIAP+ community bring to our congregation. We are regular financial supporters, through our Brown Envelope collections, of the national network GLSEN which works to ensure that every student has the right to a safe, supportive and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education.
- social action — we are committed to equality in our congregation, community, state and beyond. We want to maintain the rights that have been won, including equality in marriage, and to struggle to expand those rights until LGBTQIAP+ folks enjoy full legal equality. In October 2022, the UUA-sponsored Side with Love campaign launched UPLIFT Action, a new initiative for LGBTQIA+, Gender, and Reproductive Justice.
There is always more work to be done. Click on the above links and please contact the Social Justice Committee with your ideas and feedback. We want to hear from you!