Ways to Deepen Your Congregation's Welcome
The Unitarian Universalist Association expects all of its member congregations to welcome and value diversity of sexual and affectional orientation, gender identity and expression, race and ethnicity, ability/disability, class and educational background, age, and citizenship status.
But theoretical welcome is very different from lived welcome. How can we truly embody a spirit of radical hospitality? Here are some ideas to deepen your congregation's welcome and inclusion!
- Become a Welcoming Congregation
- Practice the Five Practices of Welcome Renewal
- Nurturing inclusivity in our congregations: resources for deepening age, racial/ethnic, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, ability, and class/education diversity
- Ten things your congregation can do to become more welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people
- Inclusive language guidelines
- Examples of welcoming language for bylaws, programs of service, congregational websites, etc.
- Gender neutral bathroom resources
- Beyond Categorical Thinking: A program to promote inclusive thinking and prevent discrimination in ministerial search processes
- Subscribe to UPLIFT: LGBTQ Ministries and Welcoming Congregations newsletter
No matter who your congregation is, where you're located, how big or small you are, or what your history is around welcome and inclusion, you can reach out in new ways!