Religious spaces haven’t always been welcoming places for all people, especially when it comes to gender and sexuality. We, along with other Unitarian Universalist congregations are out to change that. The spiritual practice of welcome is a very important one in our Church community.
Welcome is not simply about hospitality, its a spiritual practice that requires focus and continuous growth. FPC has worked hard to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are full members of our community. Welcoming means striving for radical inclusion, and creating spaces that honor every part of our identities,backgrounds and experiences. We practice welcome at First Parish by:
History was made in 1998 when FPC officially became a Welcoming Congregation. Becoming a Welcoming Congregation, by standards set by the United Universalist Association (UUA), is a highly intentional, congregation-wide decision process requiring lengthy education and discussion, and a parish vote in favor of radical inclusion of the LGBTQ community.
The Welcoming Congregation Committee acts to affirm and promote two Unitarian Universalist principles, recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of every person and promoting justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. We strive to support civil rights and to foster understanding enabling us to welcome LGBTQ people into our church family by focusing on the needs of LGBTQ people within our church, in our surrounding community and throughout the world. (revised 2015)
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