Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County is a Welcoming Congregation
Our congregation extends a warm welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their families. We are a caring, open-minded spiritual community that encourages you to seek your own spiritual path.
We believe that our first principle,
Respecting the inherent worth and dignity of every person
applies equally to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
What does it mean to be a Welcoming Congregation?
Congregations who publicly and successfully welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have the following qualities:
- Includes and address the needs of l/g/b/t 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.
- Assumes the presence of l/g/b/t people and celebrates this diversity by having inclusive language and content in their worship.
- Fully incorporates the experiences of l/g/b/t persons throughout all programs, including religious education.
- Includes 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.
- Engages in outreach into the l/g/b/t community in its advertising and by actively supportingÂ l/g/b/t affirmative groups.
- Offers congregational and ministerial support for union and memorial services for l/g/b/tÂ persons, and for celebrations of family definitions.
- Celebrates the lives of all people and welcomes same-sex couples, recognizing their committed relationships, and equally affirms displays of caring and affections without regard to sexual orientation.
- Seeks to nurture ongoing dialog between lesbian,gay,bisexual and transgenderand heterosexual persons and to create deeper trust and sharing.
- Encourages the presence of a chapter of Interweave.
- Affirms and celebrates l/g/b/t issues and history during the church year.
- Attends to legislative developments and works to promote justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society.
- Speaks out when the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are at stake.
- Celebrates the lives of all people and their ways of expressing their love for each other.