For many years, UUCG has been on the long and winding road to becoming a Welcoming Congregation. Last year, on Sept.9, 2012, the social justice committee initiated discussion again, and it was the consensus of all of us present at that meeting that we would engage once more, and complete the process. A committee was formed (June, James, Nathalie, Ben Lower, Joanna Benshoof, Katherine Villyard and Kristen Allen) and work began anew.
There is a specific deliberate process to becoming Welcoming, and we as a congregation have completed that process by participating in monthly workshops on such topics as the common elements of oppression, gender socialization and homophobia, and transgender identity. We have read monthly articles in the GNUUS, and participated in worship services, a panel, movie night, surveys, a pool party to celebrate the end of DOMA, PRIDE, a FB page, and Trunk or Treat. We would like to thank all those who participated in some way, and give a special thanks to the youth of UUCG, who perhaps articulated their feelings on this subject better than the adults, and to Rev Jan Taddeo, who embraced and supported the process whole-heartedly, both in the pulpit and out.
With this vote we intentionally become a Welcoming Congregation. We vote to be inclusive and expressive of the concerns of persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities at every level of congregational life - in worship, in programs, and in social occasions; celebrating the inherent worth and dignity of all persons. We realize we will not be perfect in this intent, and mistakes will still be made, as it takes generations to dismantle homophobia and oppression. But, we're on the right road as we enter a new stage in our congregational life together.