LSUS Blog

LGBTQ Welcome & UU Resources

The first principle of Unitarian Universalist beliefs is the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Lake Shore Unitarian Society is a Unitarian Universalist congregation where people of all backgrounds, creeds, varying beliefs come together in an open-minded community to nurture their spirits while helping others do the same. 

We would like to extend a warm welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) individuals, families, and communities. At LSUS, we work to promote acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and equity for all, including LGBTQ persons of all ages, abilities, colors, and genders, within our congregation and in society at large.

We stand with the Unitarian Universalist principles in standing in solidarity to promote and protect the civil and legal rights of LGBTQ people and families across the country.

Unitarian Universalist LGBTQ History & Facts

  • Unitarian Universalist congregations have proudly and publicly been performing commitment ceremonies and marriages for couples regardless of gender since 1984. 
  • While LSUS is does not have a pastor (instead we are lay-led and welcome a new guest speakers each week), the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is one of the few religions that ordain openly LGBTQ people while also providing assistance in their settlement. 
  • LGBTQ clergy (who are permitted to partner or marry) participate fully in faith communities as pastors in some of the largest congregations. 
  • Sexual education teachings have been inclusive of sexual orientation since 1971. The UUA also requires all ministers to show ministerial competency in the area of human sexuality before being approved for ordination.
  • For more information and a look at the historical timeline, click here

Outreach & LGBTQ Resources

  • Standing On the Side of Love: This movement is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association but includes people of many faiths, including many whose only proclaimed faith is love. Take a look. 

 

Ways to Get Involved

You can also check out congregational stories on the UUA website about LGBTQ welcome and equality and LGBTQ event coverage from General Assembly, the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association, as well as print resources from LGBTQ Ministries.

No matter who you are, you are welcome here!

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