Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Faith Like a River: A Program on Unitarian Universalist History for Adults

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