My congregation received a letter from the Unitarian Universalist Association last week officially recognizing us as a Welcoming Congregation.
Letter from the BGLT Concerns Office
Dear Pathways Church,
It is with great pleasure that I inform you that your congregation may be recognized officially as a Welcoming Congregation.
Our history shows that the liberal religious tradition is affirmed every time another congregation commits itself to being a human place that affirms, welcomes, and celebrates the presence of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender persons. Though there remains a great deal of work to do in the Association before homophobia and transphobia become things of the past, it is congregations like yours that serve as an inspiration for those who have yet to begin the work of greater inclusion and understanding.
We are also sending you two posters, suitable for framing, that read “We are a Welcoming Congregation: This Unitarian Universalist community welcomes and celebrates the presence and participation of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender people.”
Congratulations, and thanks! Sincerely,
Rev. Keith Kron, Directorog GLBT Concerns
This letter arrived during election week; during the week America elected its first black president and the week CA voted to actually take away rights from its gay citizens. Our president-elect’s parents could not have been legally married in many states when he was born because interracial marriage was illegal at the time he was born in many states then. It took a Supreme Court decision to change that. That decision re-defined marriage. I think it is going to take another Supreme Court decision to end this madness that treats some of our fellow citizens as lesser human beings. Fittingly, the election of the 44th president will most likely allow a court majority open-minded enough, sensible enough to understand that everyone is equal before the law or our claim as a nation that every person is created equal is meaningless. I’m wondering if it will take mass action to get us there or if we are past that and what we need is the type of ground game that fueled the Obama campaign combined with the type of lobbying that made the equal marriage campaign successful in Massachusetts – Peppering every state legislature in the country with constant citizen lobbying efforts of GLBT citizens and allies and every federal legislative office with the same. And then a test case in every state, so that the courts are overwhelmed. Eventually, one is going to have to be heard by the SCOTUS.