A Welcoming Congregation

We celebrate the lives of people regardless of affectional orientation or gender identification/expression

At the Annual Meeting of June 1, 2003, our congregation voted YES on the following Welcoming Congregation resolution:

“Mindful of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s commitment to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person and to promote acceptance of one another in our congregations;

Heeding our own Fellowship’s mission to be an open and compassionate community; And recognizing that religious doctrine and religious institutions have played large roles, both past and present, in perpetuating prejudice and misunderstanding toward those of us who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender;

We, the congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bellport*, hereby declare our desire to be known as a WELCOMING CONGREGATION—a community in which we celebrate the lives, relationships, religious quests, and contributions of people regardless of affectional orientation or gender identification/expression. We make this declaration while acknowledging that our work to dismantle heterosexism and homophobia is not complete and will continue, both within our own Unitarian Universalist community and in the wider society.”

(* our name at the time of this resolution’s adoption was Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bellport.)

The Welcoming Congregation workshop series was developed by the UUA’s LGBTQ Ministries (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Ministries). Visit the UUA’s LGBTQ page at uua.org to learn more.

Help us stand up/speak out for LGTBQ rights, and reach out to Long Island’s LGTBQ communities with our welcoming message.