LGBTQIQ: Welcoming Congregation
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 — and UUCA is extremely proud to be one of those congregations!
First launched in 1990, the program grew out of an understanding that widespread prejudices and ignorance about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersexed and questioning (LGBTQIQ) people existed within Unitarian Universalism, which resulted in the exclusion of LGBTQIQ people from our congregations. Today, 2/3 of U.S. Unitarian Universalist congregations and 3/4 of Canadian Unitarian Universalist congregations are recognized as Welcoming Congregations.
UUCA is home to the Interweave group – a community of LGBTQIQ persons and allies within our congregation. As a Welcoming Congregation, UUCA includes LGBTQIQ persons fully in the life of the congregation. Interweave UUCA is a chapter of Interweave Continental and also sponsors a monthly PFLAG meeting at UUCA. A highlight of every year, UUCA also marches in the annual Atlanta Pride Festival Parade, spreading the UU message of love and equality for all.