This month we consider what it means to be “welcoming people”.
As Unitarian Universalists, we often pride ourselves on being welcoming. We say we’re “open,” “welcoming,” “accepting.” But rarely do we take the time to think about what that really means or to ask ourselves whether that value has penetrated our lives as deeply and widely as we’d like it to.
As well as considering the meaning of being welcoming for yourself, consider what it means for our community to be a welcoming place. This year we are renewing our Welcoming Congregation status, an accreditation from the Unitarian Universalist Association which affirms our support of gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) people. While we are fortunate to live in a country which affirms the marriage of same sex couples and prevents discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation, daily life can still presents risks and exclusion for the LGBTQ community.
May this month be an opportunity to open our hearts and extend our hands in welcome.
A Michael Franti song “Hello, Bonjour” about welcoming all people set to images from the World Wildlife Fund`s Earth Hour event.