An LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation
As Unitarian Universalists, we not only open our doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, we value diversity of sexuality and gender and see it as a spiritual gift. Striving to be an inclusive religious community that works for LGBTQ+ justice and equity is a core part of who we are.
- Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC) is recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Welcoming Congregation. UUCC completed its certification in October 2013 to become the first UU Welcoming Congregation in Kalamazoo County.
- UUCC honors our Welcoming Congregation pledge and works to ensure that LGBTQ+ friends feel fully welcomed, centered, and embrace in our community by annually renewing our accreditation through the Five Practices of Welcome program.
- UUCC has conducted congregation-wide training on sexual orientation and gender identity.
- UUCC has updated our bylaws and policies to include non-discrimination clauses.
- UUCC participates annually at the Kalamazoo PRIDE event hosted by OutFront Kalamazoo. As an active supporter of OutFront Kalamazoo, we often designate the proceeds of our Generosity Sunday to support this organization.
- UUCC is a member of the Faith Alliance, a group of concerned faith community leaders seeking full inclusion of, and justice for, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender persons, and other identities at all levels of public and religious life.
- Our congregation adopted a public statement supporting efforts by the City of Portage to adopt a non-discrimination ordinance protecting LGBTQ rights in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations.
We recognize that there’s always something more to learn, and remain open to deepening our understanding to create a community where all of who you are is sacred and all of who you are is welcome.