Each of us has worth and dignity, and that worth includes our gender and our sexuality. As Unitarian Universalists, we create inclusive religious communities and work for LGBTQIA – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersexual, and asexual – justice and equity as a core part of who we are. All of who you are is sacred. All of who you are is welcome.

In the spring of 1999, after several years of study and discussion, our congregation voted unanimously to become a Welcoming Congregation, installing a rainbow flag as symbol of this designation.

Our Welcoming Congregation team works to welcome and support members of the LGBTQIA community both within our Fellowship and beyond our walls. The purpose is to be supportive, hopeful, and celebrate the vibrancy of the LGBTQIA community, to seek opportunities to educate the wider community, and to promote connections and healing. The Welcoming Congregation Team created an LGBTQIA Worship Service, “Give Them Hope,” highlighting the words of the late Harvey Milk.

Other actions include a survey of the congregation about familiarity with LGBTQIA issues, and collecting signatures of support to the First UU Church of New Orleans when a brick was thrown through its stained glass window after hosting a town hall about anti-transgender violence.