Atlanta Pride 2015
The Welcoming Congregation Committee
Mission Statement: To provide a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment in our congregation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
We are officially recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Welcoming Congregation. To obtain that status we completed a series of workshops, developed by the UUA, designed to reduce prejudice by increasing understanding and acceptance among people of different sexual orientations. Some of the workshop titles were: the Common Elements of Oppression; Religion and Homosexuality; How Homophobia Hurts Us All.
Throughout the learning program, which lasted approximately 18 months, the Welcoming Congregation Committee monitored and recorded progress using specific action steps provided by the UUA. In addition to the required steps we also did additional activities which included: pertinent movies; a GLBT panel for Q&A; a trip to the Atlanta Historical Society for an exhibit on “Being Gay in Atlanta in the 1970’s’. Once Emerson completed all steps and took a congregational vote on becoming a Welcoming Congregation, the committee mailed the information to UUA and requested formal recognition, which was granted in 2007.
We continue our involvement by remaining active locally in GLBT issues, making our congregation/community aware of national GLBT issues and providing programs and activities. We have a formal Welcoming Committee that meets monthly to continue to plan for Emerson’s growth in this area. For more information about the Welcoming Congregation at Emerson, contact Ginger White.
Welcoming Congregation Committee Photo Gallery