In order for a congregation to be recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) as a Welcoming Congregation, it must go through a Welcoming Congregation Program (learn how to run the program).
The requirements for recognition as a Welcoming Congregation are:
When your congregation has met the above requirements, any representative of the congregation may send the office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Ministries (LGBTQ Ministries) the following information:
Send your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow one month for review.
*Note: LGBTQ Ministries sometimes hears of resistance to the idea of voting on whether or not to welcome sexual and gender minorities. This is not what is being asked of you. Your congregational vote should simply be a vote on whether to be publicly recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Welcoming Congregation.
Once your congregation is recognized by the UUA as a Welcoming Congregation, LGBTQ Ministries will send you an official letter of recognition and two posters that celebrate your Welcoming status. Congregations are encouraged to develop their own additional artwork, banners, plaques, and the like that further lift up their welcome.
Your congregation will also be recognized on the UUA website: a rainbow chalice will appear next to your name and you will show up in searches for Welcoming Congregations in your area using our Find a Congregation tool. Please celebrate your status on your own website as well!
And at General Assembly, members of your congregation will be entitled to a Welcoming Congregation name badge ribbon. Some congregations like to make small rainbow stickers available to members for use on their congregational name badges. You can order such stickers online at stores such as Over the Rainbow Shop.
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Last updated on Thursday, May 29, 2014.
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