Welcoming Congregation

Unitarian Universalism is very supportive of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender (BGLT) people and their families, and has officially welcomed this community since 1970. We believe that our first principle, respecting the inherent worth and dignity of every person, applies equally to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Since 1987, more than half of UU congregations have completed a program to become especially welcoming to the BGLT community. These congregations are known as Welcoming Congregations.

Here at Sunnyhill, the Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills completed the Welcoming Congregation program in 2005. We authored and enthusiastically adopted the following Statement of Welcome as our own congregational embellishment:

Statement of Welcome

In accordance with Unitarian Universalist principles and our individual consciences, we celebrate human diversity in all its wonderful forms. This religious community is comprised of young and old, male and female, gay and straight; we are of varied races, gender orientations and ethnic backgrounds; we bring our differing abilities, life situations, religious beliefs, political affiliations, and opinions. We affirm and respect each other, rejoicing in each individual's unique gifts. We intentionally welcome all people of good will into this community.

adopted by UUCSH in April 2005

For more information about the Welcoming Congregation program visit the UUA website.