The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville is proud to have achieved the distinction among UU congregations of being a Welcoming Congregation.  What does it mean to be a Welcoming Congregation?

Welcoming Congregation is one whose members publicly and successfully welcome bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people and which has the following qualities:

  • Includes and addresses the needs of B/G/L/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.LGBTQ welcoming congregation
  • Assumes the presence of B/G/L/T people and celebrates this diversity by having inclusive language and content in their worship.
  • Fully incorporates the experiences of B/G/L/T persons throughout all programs, including religious education.
  • Includes an affirmation and nondiscrimination clause in our bylaws 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 B/G/L/T community in its advertising and by actively supporting B/G/L/T affirmative groups.
  • Offers congregational and ministerial support for union and memorial services for B/G/L/T 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 dialogue between bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and heterosexual persons and to create deeper trust and sharing.
  • Encourages the presence of a chapter of Interweave.
  • Affirms and celebrates B/G/L/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 bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender people are at stake.
  • Celebrates the lives of all people and their ways of expressing their love for each other.