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No set of guidelines can address the diverse needs of the wide range of Unitarian Universalist congregations, but the following Commitments to inclusiveness and Actions for achieving those Commitments were adopted by the delegates of the 1989 General Assembly as the outline for the Welcoming Congregation Program, and have been updated slightly over the years.
These guidelines are not offered as a blueprint but rather as a suggestive road map for congregations beginning the journey toward becoming truly welcoming of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. You can also check out ten ways to be more welcoming.
The below steps are offered in the hope that all congregations going through a Welcoming Congregation Program will consider incorporating them into their work. Not all steps are appropriate for all congregations; it is up to each congregation to adjust its goals according to its unique situation and needs. However, every Welcoming Congregation Program must cover the three areas of education, congregational life, and community outreach.
When submitting an application for recognition as a Welcoming Congregation, it is often helpful to address how your congregation met the Action Steps, how you altered the steps to suit your needs, and what additional steps you took in each area—not because these steps are requirements but rather to help the Unitarian Universalist Association best understand your unique context, in order to help support all of our congregations in their welcome and inclusion.
For more information contact lgbtq @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
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