Welcoming Congregation PROGRAM
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. This program was first launched by the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) in 1990, and Cedar Lane was first recognized as a Welcoming Congregation in 1995.
In the fall of 2008, Cedar Lane's status as a Welcoming Congregation was updated and expanded following completion (over a three year period) of a new UUA "Living the Welcoming Congregation" program. This initiative was carried out at Cedar Lane by an LGBT Task Force group appointed to establish an ongoing focus on LGBT issues in our congregational life. "Living the Welcoming Congregation" also included transgender education and awareness, which had not been a part of the original "Welcoming Congregation" curriculum.
Since 2008, Cedar Lane's LGBT Task Force group has been guiding ongoing work in the areas of increasing awareness, promoting education, pursuing advocacy activities, and providing social opportunities for LGBT individuals, families, and the larger community beyond Cedar Lane. In 2013, the LGBT Task Force was incorporated into our new Cedar Lane "TOGETHER" (Diversity) Team's organization.