We Are A Welcoming Congregation

As Unitarian Universalists (UUs), we not only open our doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions; we value diversity of sexuality and gender and see it as a spiritual gift. We create inclusive religious communities and work for LGBTQ+ justice and equity as a core part of who we are.

All of who you are is sacred. All of who you are is welcome. 

When we say we welcome everyone, we mean it. Unitarian Universalism has become widely known for affirming and working toward recognition and rights for LGBTQ+ families. We ordain LGBTQ+ ministers. We provide a safe and loving place for weddings, vow renewals, commitment ceremonies, child dedications, and memorial services. Our ministers are available to all families during these important transitions in life.

As UUs we honor and recognize that there are more than two genders, and an infinite variety of gendered experience in the world. We educate youth around understanding gender identity and how gender roles and norms play out in our society. We support nondiscrimination policies in employment, immigration, housing, credit, school and college admissions, and public accommodations; name changes; and gender marker changes. Understanding the importance of comfort and inclusion, we have multiple non-gendered restrooms available on campus. We also welcome you to use any bathroom designated with the gender with which you identify.

Welcoming Congregation Program

First Unitarian is proud to participate in the UUA’s Welcoming Congregation Program. The program promotes “acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and equity for LGBTQ+ people and families within their congregation, the denomination, and in society at large.” We have been an official Welcoming Congregation since July 16, 1995.