We are a BGLT Welcoming Congregation
The Welcoming Congregation program was developed for Unitarian Universalist congregations wanting to become more inclusive towards Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered (BGLT) people. On March 11, 2007, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kamloops officially became a Welcoming Congregation.
A congregation that publicly and successfully welcomes BGLT people has the following qualities:
• Includes and addresses the needs of BGLT persons at every level of congregational life, in worship, in programs, in social occasions and in rites of passage, welcoming not only their presence, but the gifts and particularities of their lives as well.
• Assumes the presence of BGLT people and celebrates this diversity by having inclusive language and content in their worship.
• Fully incorporates the experiences of BGLT persons throughout all programs, including religious education.
• Includes an affirmation and non-discrimination clause in its by-laws and other official documents affecting all dimensions of congregational life, including membership, hiring practices, and the calling of religious professionals.
• Engages in outreach to the BGLT community in its advertising and by actively supporting BGLT affirmative groups.
• Celebrates the lives of all people and welcomes same-sex couples, recognizing their committed relationships , and equally affirms appropriate displays of caring and affection without regard to sexual orientation.
• Seeks to nurture ongoing dialogue between BGLT and heterosexual persons and to create deeper trust and sharing.
• Affirms and celebrates BGLT issues and history.
• Attends to legislative developments and works to promote justice and equality in larger society.
• Speaks out when the rights of BGLT people are at stake.
from the pamphlet “Welcoming Congregation” by Art Brewer