Unitarian Universalists are commited to creating a safe and affirming place for all persons regardless of sexual orientation or gender. In 1989 the UU General Assembly, instituting the Welcoming Congregation program. Acknowledging that every UU congregation reflects our society’s homophobia to a degree, the delegates voted to initiate a sustained and systematic program designed to help congregations create a truly welcoming environment for all persons. Participating congregations in the Welcoming Congregation program make a public commitment to:
- Be inclusive and expressive of the concerns of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender persons at every level of congregational life.
- Celebrate the lives of all people and welcome same-gender couples, recognizing their committed relationships and equally affirming displays of caring and affection with regard to sexual orientation.
- Seek to nurture ongoing dialogue between bisexual, gay, heterosexual, lesbian, and transgender persons, and create deeper trust and sharing.
- Advocate for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people, attending to legislative developments and working to promote justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society.
RRUUC has been an Welcoming Congregation almost since the start of the program, and remains strongly committed to the program.