(photo credit Joe Turner Photography)
In 2001, the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church had completed a 2-year journey of becoming a Welcoming Congregation. Many classes, discussions, exhibits, films and speakers had provided us with experiences that enriched our church lives and our personal lives. By voting in May 2001 to become a Welcoming Congregation, MUUC officially recognized that welcoming and affirming the LGBTQI+ community is and will always be an integral part of our on-going commitment to human dignity and social justice.
In the summer of 2001, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) had reviewed our vote and our proposal that we be officially recognized as having met or exceeded the requirements for becoming an official Welcoming Congregation. That proposal was accepted, and on September 9th, 2001, the announcement was made during our Worship Service at MUUC.
Two days later, tragedy struck when the events of 9/11 unfolded. Our commitment to social justice has only been strengthened since.
Whether participating in Pride Walks, celebrating the reversal of DOMA, participating in Coming Out Week, assembling at the State House or Washington DC, speaking out against discriminatory bans of transgendered individuals in the military, celebrating Marriage Equality, or simply saying a sincere and warm “hello” to all who walk in our door, the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church is committed to LBGTQI+ individuals and families, both within and outside our walls.
For more information about the Welcoming Congregation program from the UUA, please click on the symbol below:
For information on our church’s recent 2017-2018 church year “Exploring Diversity” initiative covered LGBTQI+ topics, please click HERE and scroll to the Gender topic. There are several interesting items, including book discussions and theatrical presentations.