We are a Welcoming Congregation
Official Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Recognition as a Welcoming Congregation
This official UUA recognition validates Unitarian Church North as a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, confirms that we take positions on oppression in our larger community, corroborates our ongoing outreach accomplishments, and signals these purposes to all, both within and outside the congregation.
On May 2, 2004, the congregation voted to seek official Welcoming Congregation status from the UUA. On the basis of that vote and a detailed, 3-page application delineating our Welcoming Congregation work, the UUA officially recognized UCN as a Welcoming Congregation in November of 2004.
We appreciate the participation of LGBT persons at every level of congregational life -- in worship programs, social occasions, and rites of passage. UCN clergy officiate at ceremonies of same-sex marriage and of child dedication for children of LGBT people.
We also participate with Fair Wisconsin, a group whose mission is “advancing and protecting the civil rights of our state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens and their families.” We are part of the Action Alert system and take action as appropriate.
In the summer of 2006 the Leadership Board of Unitarian Church North officially opposed the Wisconsin state constitutional amendment banning civil unions and same-sex marriage.