Our Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) is leading an effort to have UCV recertified as an official Welcoming Congregation.
Since we first became a Welcoming Congregation in 1995 the world has changed. For one thing, there was no mention back then of gender identity or trans issues. To address this, the UUA decided to be bolder with our Welcome in 2018.
The Five Practices of Welcome Renewal are five benchmarks that every congregation will need to integrate into congregational life in order to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, two-spirit, genderqueer, non-binary, and the like feel fully welcomed, centered, and embraced in our congregation.
Welcoming Congregations are required to meet the benchmarks annually in order to remain “current” as a Welcoming Congregation. This year so far UCV has completed three of the Benchmarks, and a fourth has been planned.
The 5th benchmark is an educational event. For this the GSA has organized the panel on June 12 to discuss Mairy Beam’s play, What Difference Does it Make, which deals with issues of gender identity. We need 10% of the members to attend to show that we are, indeed, interested to be bolder and to renew our Welcoming congregation certification.