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 the issues affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) people and greater support and openness towards members of the LGBTQ community who visit or join our church.
We are aware that being a Welcoming Congregation is an ongoing process and requires continued attention so that we do not slip into complacent “heterocentrism” (i.e., assuming everyone is heterosexual). We in the committee see our main goals as:
- ongoing education of our congregation — through workshops, film series, book groups, services (“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.
- outreach to the community — we want everyone in the LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ community bring to our congregation.
- social action — we are committed to equality in our congregation, community, state and beyond. We want to maintain the rights that have been won, equality in marriage in particular, and to struggle to expand those rights until LGBTQ folks enjoy full legal equality with heterosexuals.
There are many ways to achieve these goals and always more work to be done. We are always happy to accept offers of assistance, ideas and feedback on what we’ve done.