We include and deeply affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people at every level of congregational life — in the way we gather together, in our rich programming and on our many social occasions — welcoming them, welcoming us, as whole people.

Our Fellowship successfully undertook the educational work of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Welcoming Congregation program and became a subscribing church.

As a Welcoming Congregation we are committed to:

  • incorporate an understanding of the experience and history of LGBTQ+ people throughout all of our programs, including religious education;
  • affirm displays of caring and affection without regard for sexual orientation;
  • support marriage equality and conduct same-sex weddings;
  • advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, promoting justice, freedom and equality, and speaking out when the rights and dignity of LGBTQ+ people are at stake.

We recognize that there is always something more to learn, and remain open to deepening our understanding about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.

Here is the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Welcoming Congregation website which features dozens of pages of well-thought-out materials for enriching our understanding of LGBTQ+ lives and spirit. It notes, “Being recognized as a Welcoming Congregation is just the beginning, and is a commitment to the ever-ongoing work of being welcoming.”

You are invited to join the Fellowship’s Welcoming Congregation Action Committee. For more information, send an email to welcoming@bvuuf.org, which is the first contact for this committee.