ALUUC is formally recognized by the national Unitarian Universalist Association as “Welcoming Congregation”, which signifies that we celebrate and honor the lives, relationships, and full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender persons, and those individuals that self-identify their gender.
Unitarian Universalism has a healing, life-saving message! And we believe in putting our faith into action as we learn how to be strong allies to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals in our community.
As we continue our efforts on behalf of all those who are still denied the full rights of their humanity for reasons of sexual and affectional orientation and gender identity, this record of commitment to full equality is an inspiration.
As part of our religious practice, we are called to bear public witness to what we believe – that the human family is one, and that the love that binds us together is greater than the fear that divides us.
Unitarian Universalist (UU) Commitment to Full Equality for LGBTQ Individuals
The Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith is widely known for its commitment to full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and families. In 1996, the UU Association made history by being the first U.S. mainline denomination to support legal marriage between members of the same sex. The UU faith is also one of the few religions that ordains openly LGBTQ ministers.
ALUUC Commitment to Full Equality for LGBTQ Individuals
In 1998, the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist congregation (ALUUC) became a Welcoming Congregation by committing to be intentionally welcoming to LGBTQ people. Our congregation believes in the First Principle of our faith, which is to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and that it applies equally to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
We also believe that moving these commitments from words to deeds depends on the continued vigilance of all who work to embody our principles to their fullest extent.
In April of 2016, the Board of Directors approved a broader definition of a Welcoming Congregation: “We affirm and promote the full participation of persons in all our activities and endeavors without regard to race,religious/non-religious persuasion, color,gender, physical or mental challenge, political persuasion, affectional or sexual orientation, class or national origin.”
In 2016, the congregation affirmed their commitment to being a Welcoming Congregation by ranking “Increase effort to make ALUUC a Truly Welcoming Congregation” among the top 5 most important long-range goals for the congregation.
- ALUUC is inclusive of the concerns and the experience of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer at every level of congregational life – worship, programs, religious education, and social occasions – welcoming not only their presence, but the unique gifts of their lives, as well. LGBTQ issues and history are affirmed and celebrated during the congregational year.
- ALUUC does not assume that everyone is heterosexual. Vocabulary of worship and programs celebrate diversity by inclusivity of language and content.
- ALUUC Bylaws and other official documents include a non-discrimination clause affecting all dimensions of congregational life, including membership, hiring practices, and the calling of religious professionals.
- ALUUC provides worship space and ministerial services for LGBTQ individuals who seek rites of passage, such as services of union, dedications of children, and other ceremonies celebrating the evolving definitions of family.
- ALUUC seeks to nurture ongoing dialogue between LGBTQ persons and heterosexual persons and to create deeper trust and sharing. This includes congregation-wide workshop programs. This congregation will actively contact and support LGBTQ=affirmative groups in the larger community to promote dialogue.
- As an advocate for LGBTQ individuals, ALUUC will promote legislative developments and support efforts to promote 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.