On 26 July 2011, the Unitarian Universalist Association responded to our Welcoming Congregation Report:
Dear Minister, Welcoming Congregation Committee, Members and Friends,
It is with great pleasure that I inform you that your congregation has been recognized officially as a Welcoming Congregation.
Our history shows that the liberal religious tradition is affirmed every time another congregation commits itself to being a human place that affirms, welcomes and celebrates the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. Though there remains a great deal of work to do in the Association before homophobia and transphobia become things of the past, it is congregations like yours that serve as an inspiration for those who have yet to begin the work of greater inclusion and understanding.
We are also sending you two posters, suitable for framing, that read:
“We are a Welcoming Congregation: This Unitarian Universalist Community welcomes and celebrates the presence and participation of bisexual, gay, lesbian and/or transgender people.”
Congratulations, and thanks for your important work!
Multicultural Growth and Witness
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
The Welcoming Congregation Program is a completely volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that see a need to become more inclusive towards bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender people.
The program consists of a series of workshops developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association. The goal of the workshops is to reduce prejudice by increasing understanding and acceptance among people of different sexual orientations.
On 22 May 2011 — after completing the required actions to become a Welcoming Congregation — we affirmed our desire to be a Welcoming Congregation through an overwhelming congregational vote.
Our report describing our Welcoming Congregation efforts and results can be found in an Adobe Acrobat PDF document here.
11:00 AM Sunday, 7 August 2011 — Rev. Barbara Jarrell will be in the pulpit.
11:00 AM Sunday, 31 July 2011 — “You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know” by Susan Caldwell (All Souls Director of Religious Education). Susan’s sermon is based on Heather Sellers book of the same name that explores the rare and fascinating disorder of prosopagnosia (face blindness) and the spiritual insights that one women’s journey may offer the rest of us.
“Ordinary Art” – a worship service by Rick Carlisle with special musical guests Goat Hill Company.
Come join us on Sunday (17 July 2011) at 11:00 AM to hear Dr. Joshua Lawrence (Professor of Chemistry at Centenary College) speaking on the spiritual experience of science.
The word for July 2011 is “firecracker.” Our Volunteer of the Month can be found popping up everywhere — the choir, maintaining and updating the hallway bulletin board, lending a hand on Building and Grounds work days, and more. Where she has really exploded is in coordinating our team of office admin volunteers. The Program Council is happy to name Virginia as our Volunteer of the Month.
Come join us for our latest installment of “Companions for the Journey” with Pamela Carlisle, Terry McNeill, and Betty Gorey Parent. We will learn what brought them to All Souls and why they stay.
Come join us for a special Fourth of July worship service with Rev. Barbara Jarrell and special musical guest Emily Cates.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) holds its 50th General Assembly this week in Charlotte NC.
General Assembly (GA) is the way that our faith does business – bringing together the distinctive character of our individual congregations through an open and democratic process.
UU World will provide extensive daily coverage of the UUA’s annual convention and business assembly 22-26 June 2011 as well as meetings of the UUA Board of Trustees on 21, 22, and 27 June 2011.
Visit the UUA GA Blog for the latest reports and daily news summaries, or subscribe to our General Assembly feed.
Live video of business plenaries and major events will be available on UUA’s General Assembly 2011 page and on a dedicated channel at Livestream.
Starting on Thursday, 23 June 2011, UU World will also publish a comprehensive guide to our GA coverage, which will be updated daily. Highlights of UU World’s coverage will be publicized on their Facebook and Twitter pages.