We are a Welcoming Congregation, recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association. This means that UUGSB affirms and includes those of us who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer at every level of congregational life, welcoming us as whole people.

As a Welcoming Congregation, UUGSB has pledged to:

  • honor the lives of all people and equally affirm displays of caring and affection without regard for sexual orientation.
  • celebrate diversity by using inclusive language and content.
  • incorporate an understanding of the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons in education curricula.
  • affirm and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues and history.
  • affirm marriage equality and conduct same-sex weddings.
  • advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, promoting justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society. We speak out when the rights and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are at stake.

Recognizing that there’s always something more to learn, members of this community remain open to deepening our understanding about the lives of those of us who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.


Unitarian Universalists celebrate Supreme Court marriage decision, June 26, 2015.
Samantha Ames, attorney with National Center for Lesbian Rights. She worked on the one of the four cases that went before the Supreme Court. With her is an Oakland, CA First UU minister Rev Abbey Tennis. Samantha is a member of that church. Photo/Nancy Pierce