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Welcoming Congregation

"A Welcoming Congregation"

 

All ARE WELCOME

We welcome and include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender [LGBT] persons at every level of congregational life; in worship, in programs, in social occasions, and in rites of passage. We welcome not only their presence, but the gifts and particularities of their lives as well.

Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (OUUF) is a serious spiritual alternative for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender [LGBT] community.

We are a spiritual fellowship dedicated to providing a welcoming community where individuals can develop their spirituality free from imposed dogma and creed. We are fundamentally committed to an ethical basis for living in accordance with Unitarian Universalist principles which unite us to relieve social injustice and improve our communities.

Since 1970, Unitarian Universalists have supported the rights of the LGBT community. We have advocated same gender marriage, the right to serve in the military, the right to lead congregations as ministers and religious professionals, and the right to be parents. And lastly, we are a leading voice in the work to end hate crimes.

As Universalist Unitarians, we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identification.

As a Welcoming Congregation, we extend a special invitation to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender persons.

Why We Reach Out To Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender [LGBT] Persons

For centuries, churches have engaged in organized, formal oppression of sexual minorities. Many churches continue to preach homophobia from their pulpits and are openly hostile to LGBT individuals and communities. Such attitudes promote continued discrimination and denial of basic civil rights based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The Olympic Unitarian Universal Fellowship saw a need to become intentionally more inclusive of LGBT persons by becoming a Welcoming Congregation.

All who make our congregation their spiritual home receive the same affirmation, love, and caring. Their needs are addressed in worship, in social occasions, and rites of passage, including services of union and memorial. We welcome not only their presence, but the gifts and particularities of their lives as well.

Continuing Commitment

A Welcoming Congregation Committee with members of various sexual orientation and/or gender identities was formed to present educational programs and answer questions. We had a workshop series and film festival to increase understanding and acceptance among people of different sexual orientations. After an overwhelming affirmative vote, OUUF has been granted Official Status as a Welcoming Congregation by the Unitarian Universalist Association!