An LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation
Celebrating Diversity in Our Fellowship
Midcoast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship welcomes all persons, and invites everyone into our faith community, without regard to race, color, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, ethnicity, national origin, or socioeconomic status. We commit to honoring human diversity and structuring congregational life in ways that empower and enhance everyone’s participation.
Our Fellowship is officially designated as a Welcoming Congregation by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Welcoming Congregations are recognized for their proven efforts to include, support, and raise awareness of those who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning.
The process of becoming a Welcoming Congregation requires the participation of the entire Fellowship. It includes steps to openly communicate, engage, and educate about issues affecting the GLBTQ communities, and finding ways to actively support GLBTQ persons in the life of the Fellowship and in the wider community.
In addition to several Sunday services and post-service discussions, we have taken steps to ensure that the Fellowship is structured to promote inclusion and diversity, including adding the Inclusion Clause, which appears at the top of this page, in our by-laws.
At our Annual Meeting in November 2015, members of the Fellowship recognized these efforts, and voted unanimously to join together in support of becoming a Welcoming Congregation. Following over a year of dedicated effort, we proudly received an official Welcoming Congregation designation in April 2017.
In June 2017 the UUA Multicultural Growth and Witness office recognized our successful effort to become a Welcoming Congregation and featured the Fellowship in the inaugural issue of UPLIFT!, an e-mail newsletter from the UUA to highlight LGBTQ+ issues and concerns by featuring related programming, reflections, and content. Click HERE to read the full profile of MUUF from the UPLIFT! newsletter.