Being A Welcoming Congregation
It's been many years since our congregation went through the process of becoming a Welcoming Congregation. Some of us were here then to participate in that process, but many of us were not. In addition, our understanding of what it means to be welcoming has grown and expanded over this time. Identities we may not have been talking about then -- transgender, queer, intersex, genderfluid, and polyamorous, to name a few -- are claimed by people in our congregation, and people who might like to become part of our congregation. So we're going to be taking a look at some of these topics over the next year or so, through discussions, workshops, services, and just a general openness to being curious, asking questions, and being really open to understanding the lives of the people around us, and making each other feel welcome, safe, and loved in our community.
The Welcoming Congregation Team (Ellen Calves [Chair], Tyler Videla, Andy Ferricane, Michael Hardiman, Gayle Mottola, Vicki Bloom, Peg Breen, Tracy Breneman, and Rev. Michael) will be sharing updates and information, with LGBTQI news from all over the UU and in our community. More importantly, we will address any questions you might have on these topics. To this end, we have a Question Box in the fireplace room where you can anonymously place any questions, thoughts, or concerns that you'd like us to address in the column, through workshops or other educational programs. We'll find someone who can talk about anything you're curious about, and get you solid answers from real people.
WELCOMING CONGREGATION TEAM POSTS
- Reflection on the October 26, 2014 Conversation about Gender Identity by Ellen Calves (.pdf file)
Gender Neutral Pronouns (.pdf file)
- Our Actively Welcoming Congregation and How You Can Play a Part by Ellen Calves (.pdf file)
- Reflection on the December 2014 Children's RE class about Welcoming Congregation work led by Gayle Mottola and Michael Hardiman Reflection on December 2014 Children's RE class (.pdf file)
- Talking with our Children about Marriage Equality, Tracy Breneman, July 3, 2015 (.pdf file)
NYC Pride March 2015
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF NORTHERN WESTCHESTER