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The Welcoming Congregation Bulletin

Dear Friends,

We are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Welcoming Congregation Bulletin with a new look! And we want to know what you think and how helpful you find this publication. Please take our very brief, 6-question survey so that we can keep this bulletin useful and inspiring!

Miss the old look? Never fear, click here for the same PDF version you’re used to.


A tool to increase your welcome 

New Transgender Curriculum from Interweave!

Interweave Continental is pleased to announce the release of Transfiguring Congregations, a new curriculum on transgender identity and inclusion for congregations.

The curriculum offers an introduction to gender identity and expression, intersections of gender with faith, effective allyship, and deepening congregational inclusion and affirmation of people of all gender identities and expressions.  Learn more!

p.s. Want more resources on transgender identity and inclusion? Visit the UUA's webpage!


An action to live it loud and proud 

Participate in FaithsCalling Day September 17 

September 17 is an interfaith day of action to call on the U.S. Senate to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Add your voice to the diverse chorus proclaiming that now is the time to finally ensure workplace protections for all! 

Join in: www.standingonthesideoflove.org/enda


A story to inspire your ministry 

Remembering Bayard Rustin

August 28 was the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, a powerful opportunity to celebrate the organizer of the March, Bayard Rustin, a black, out gay man whom historian John D’Emilio calls the “lost prophet” of the civil rights movement.

Learn more about Bayard Rustin’s story.

p.s. Want more? Check out the documentary Brother Outsider.


News to share 

American Indian Tribe Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage 

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in northern Michigan joined at least two other American Indian tribes in passing a law that explicitly allows for same-sex marriage. Shortly thereafter a wedding was held on the reservation for a same-sex couple. Thanks to the recent Supreme Court decision, their union will be federally recognized.  Read more.


Plus: A special invitation: Share your marriage equality photos! 

The UUA wants to lift up your role in our faith’s longstanding commitment to the struggle for freedom to marry! Share your photos that celebrate marriage equality and contribute to our shared history.

www.uua.org/i-do


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The Welcoming Congregation Bulletin is produced by Multicultural Ministries, part of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Multicultural Growth & Witness staff group. Each monthly issue offers a tool to use, an action to take, a story for inspiration, and news to share.  For more info, to subscribe, see our archives, and to submit content ideas, see the Welcoming Congregation Bulletin webpage.

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