“Inherent worth and dignity of every person” ; “Justice, equality and compassion” ; “Acceptance of one another…”, these are the principals that we, as Unitarian Universalist, build our community on. Our faith is one of acceptance, respect and tolerance. Now, these are common attributes that most religious organizations would use to describe their beliefs and congregations. However, all to often, these values are overlooked when the reality of someone “different” finds their way into our fellowships and churches, even in some UU fellowships. What then, makes the UUF of Bay County stand out in the crowd? It’s our public and daily practice of this acceptance, not just of some or those willing to change for us, but all!
In 2012, the UUFBC set a goal to become a recognized “Welcoming Congregation” by the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) and we are proud to say that we achieved this goal in only a few months. As such, we have publicly committed and are proud to extend a warm welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, families, and communities. We work to promote acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and equity for LGBTQ persons of all ages, abilities, colors, and genders, both within our denomination and in society at large. We are committed to protecting the civil and legal rights of LGBTQ people and families across the country.
(Amy Sue and Jan Strickland, Jerry and Cathy Rifenburg, Al Burgermeister and partner Jack Harvey)
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