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Handout 2: Who Is Welcome in Our Congregations

From Weaving the Fabric of Diversity, by Jacqui James and Judith A. Frediani (Boston: UUA, 1996).

Complete this survey twice—once for the "Me" column and once for the "My Congregation" column. You will not be asked to share your responses.

1. Starting with the "Me" column, write the letter (T, M, or B from the key below) that best describes your reaction to each person listed.

T (top) = people you would really like to have in your congregation; people you would sit and talk with

M (middle) = people you might like to see, but you're not sure

B (bottom) = people you would not like to have join your congregation; people you would not sit and talk with

2. Using the "My Congregation" column, write the letter (T, M, or B) that best describes how your congregation would respond to each of the people listed.


My congregation

Elderly single male

Elderly single female

Interracial couple


Extremely overweight person

Person with noticeable hygiene problem

Person who sings in a loud monotone

Articulate, well educated Caucasian male

Articulate, well educated Caucasian female

Heterosexual with children

Caucasian blue-collar male

Caucasian blue-collar female

Unemployed person

Person on public assistance

Single person under 30

Person with a European accent

Person with non-European accent

Person who wears fur coats

Native American

African American


Asian American

Arab American

Person who uses a wheelchair

Gay male


Person who is bisexual

Transgender person

Gay couple

Lesbian couple

Person with severe physical deformity

Person with alcohol on their breath

Emotionally disturbed person with unpredictable behavior

Person with a neuromuscular disorder (Cerebral Palsy, Tourette Syndrome, etc)


Political/social liberal

Political/social conservative

Homeless person

Person testing HIV positive

Recovering sex addict