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The Welcoming Congregation Bulletin

February 2014

Tools, actions, stories, and news to help you and your congregation stay connected to the vital ministry of building welcoming and inclusive communities where all people can bring their full authentic selves.

A tool to increase your welcome 

Sexuality Courses for Religious Professionals 

The Religious Institute, a multifaith organization that works at the intersection of sexuality and religion, is offering two online courses that start March 1: “Sexuality Issues for Ministers” and the brand new “Sexuality Issues for Religious Educators.”

These courses combine self-directed and interactive learning and are designed to increase participants’ knowledge and skills at the intersection of faith and sexuality. Share this opportunity with the religious professionals in your life! Find out more here.

An action to live it loud and proud 

Attend a Webinar on Reproductive Justice and the LGBTQ Community   

On March 5 at 3:30pm Eastern the UUA will host a webinar that examines the intersections of reproductive justice and LGBTQ justice. A diverse panel of people will discuss sexual and reproductive health care issues affecting LGBTQ people, the ways in which reproductive justice is LGBTQ justice, and more. Please join us! 

For more information and to register, check out the Reproductive Justice Advocacy Community page.

A story to inspire your ministry 

Church Says “OK, We Are Ready!” for Marriage Equality 

When a Federal Judge ruled against 75% of Oklahoma voters in January to allow for same-sex marriage, All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa started the campaign OK, We Are Ready! to show their state that there are many citizens and religious communities who embrace marriage for all!  

On Wednesday night the church hosted a state-wide engagement party for same-gender-loving couples wishing to be married in Oklahoma. 31 couples had their engagements blessed, 27 clergy of many denominations attended, and hundreds packed the church to overflowing. Check out the campaign’s flagship video!

News to share 

Did You Hear About the Biggest Civil Rights March in the South Since Selma? 

On February 8, more than 80,000 people, including 1,000-1,500 Unitarian Universalists, marched in Raleigh, NC, united under the banner “forward together, not one step back!” to push back against the state government’s regressive lawmaking actions around voting rights, health care, public education, and more.

The diverse coalition that called for the march includes more than 160 civil rights, faith-based, labor, student, women's rights, environmental protection, LGBTQ, and immigrant justice partner organizations—all bound together in partnership under the knowledge that their struggle for justice is a common one. 

Read more about the march and check out this reflection from Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, and Rev. Geoffrey Black, UCC General Minister and President, on the vital role of people of faith in the quest for equality and justice.

Plus: Social Justice Awards and Sermon Contests! 

Honor congregations and individuals who are witnessing for inclusion and justice by submitting your nominations for one of the UUA’s social justice awards and sermon contests

p.s. Interweave also gives out two annual awards! The nomination deadline for the Mark DeWolfe Award and Interweave Sermon Award is April 30. 

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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. Click here for more info, to subscribe, to see our archives, and to submit content ideas.

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