The Welcoming Congregation Program is a volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that want to take intentional steps to become more welcoming and inclusive of people with marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities. UUC in Stamford has held the Welcoming Congregation designation since 2008.
First launched in 1990, the program grew out of an understanding that widespread prejudices and ignorance about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people existed within Unitarian Universalism, which resulted in the exclusion of LGBTQ people from our congregations.
Today, 66% of U.S. Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations and 94% of Canadian UU congregations are recognized as Welcoming Congregations. The program is supported by LGBTQ Ministries.
At UUC we pride ourselves on our commitment to the LGBTQI community. The rainbow flag hangs prominently and proudly in our Sanctuary and each year we host a special Pride and Joy service celebrating diversity. We are proud sponsors of the Triangle Community Center, Fairfield County’s LGBTQ resource center for our thriving community.