Welcoming Congregation

Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship is proud to be a Welcoming Congregation. We embrace the participation of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and genderqueer people in all areas of congregational life.

Our congregation confirmed our commitment to this principle by becoming a Welcoming Congregation in 2000. We are in the process of renewing that status in 2016-17.

What it Means to Be a Welcoming Congregation

As a member of the Welcoming Congregation program, our congregation commits to:

  • Be inclusive and expressive of the concerns of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender persons at every level of congressional congregational life.
  • Celebrate the lives of all people and welcome same gender couples, recognizing their committed relationships and equally affirming displays of caring and affection with regard to sexual orientation.
  • Offer congregational and ministerial support for weddings and memorial services for persons who are bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender and/or queer.
  • Seek to nurture ongoing dialogue between bisexual, gay, heterosexual, lesbian, and transgender persons, and create deeper trust and sharing.
  • Advocate for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people, attending to legislative developments and working to promote justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society.
  • Speak out when the rights of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people are at stake.

Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship continues to affirm our commitment to be a safe and affirming place for all persons regardless of sexual/affectional orientation and gender identity/expresssion, making every effort to create a religious community where everyone is welcomed and cherished for who they are.




rainbow_cafe_logoThe Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship and  Church of the Good Shepherd, U.C.C. are the founders and sponsors of the Rainbow Cafe.

Rainbow Cafe’s mission is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth, their friends, and those questioning their orientation by creating a space where they are affirmed and offered non-judgmental support and access to personal, community, and spiritual resources.