High Street Church is a WELCOMING CONGREGATION as officially designated by the Unitarian Universalist Association.
What does it mean to be a “Welcoming Congregation?”
We welcome you into our community no matter who you love or how you identify yourself.
We have made a conscientious and public stand to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual, and pansexual people (LGBTQQIAP) by embracing the following qualities:
- Include and address the needs of LGBTQQIAP persons at every level of congregational life—in worship, in programs, in social occasions, and in rites of passage—welcoming not only their presence, but the gifts and particularities of their lives as well.
- Assume the presence of LGBTQQIAP people and celebrate this diversity by having inclusive language and content in their worship.
- Fully incorporate the experiences of LGBTQQIAP persons throughout all programs, including religious education.
- Include an affirmation and nondiscrimination clause in our by-laws and other official documents affecting all dimensions of congregational life, including membership, hiring practices, and the calling of religious professionals.
- Engage in outreach into the LGBTQQIAP community in advertising and actively support LGBTQQIAP affirmative groups.
- Offer congregational and ministerial support for union and memorial services for LGBTQQIAP persons and for celebrations of broadened family definitions.
- Celebrate the lives of all people and welcome same-sex couples, recognizing their committed relationships, and equally affirm displays of caring and affections without regard to sexual orientation.
- Seek to nurture ongoing dialogue between bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and heterosexual persons and to create deeper trust and sharing.
- Encourage the presence of a chapter of Interweave.
- Affirm and celebrate LGBTQQIAP issues and history during the church year.
- Attend to legislative developments and work to promote justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society.
- Speak out when the rights of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people are at stake.
- Celebrate the lives of all people and their ways of expressing their love for each other.