Welcoming Congregation Resolution

2002 WELCOMING CONGREGATION RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, Unitarian Universalists affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and call for justice, equity and compassion in human relations. And…

WHEREAS, the 1989 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association adopted the Welcoming Congregation Program to facilitate the creation of a more hospitable atmosphere for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people within our congregations. And…

WHEREAS, in the Mission Covenant of UUCDC, adopted in 1992, we dedicated ourselves to expanding our efforts to attract, accept and retain as members people who share the values of our Purposes and Principles, regardless of religious or cultural background, race, physical characteristics or sexual orientation; and, since we have known that, traditionally, religious institutions have been especially inhospitable to people with diverse sexual orientations, we have been aware that we must make a concerted effort to specifically welcome those people into our caring community. And…

WHEREAS, over the past decade, our congregation has, in fact, addressed the work of the Welcoming Congregation Program through workshops, worship services, forums and religious education, has amended its bylaws to be more inclusive in regard to sexual orientation, and has welcomed and included gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals and families as full and active members in all aspects of the life of our congregation, and celebrated and affirmed their lives through the support and services of our congregation, including union ceremonies and child dedications. And…

WHEREAS, we recognize that this resolution is a foundation from which to continue our ongoing welcoming of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, while engaging in the ongoing, widening welcoming of all other people as well, as called for by our Purposes and Principles and Mission Covenant…

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County declare our church A WELCOMING CONGREGATION, as established by the Welcoming Congregation Program of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Unitarian Universalist Association be informed of the passage of this resolution, so that the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County shall be added to the roll of Welcoming Congregations.

Voted on and accepted at the Spring Congregational Meeting - April 21, 2002.