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.
THE RAINBOW CAFE
The 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.