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UUCSC is currently renewing our status as a Welcoming Congregation to ensure that we are living our principles, especially in relation to the LGBTQ+ community.

Here you will learn about the steps we are taking in the renewal program and discover important information about how our congregation can become more welcoming and inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.


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The Congregation of UUCSC have dedicated ourselves to learning more about LGBTQ+ issues in order to become a more welcoming congregation.  We are in the process of becoming re-certified by the UUA as a “Welcoming Congregation."

The Welcoming Congregation Committee (WCC) has initiated several programs to help us along this journey:

1. Focus Groups to encourage discussion and clarification of ideas about the LGBTQ+ community.
2. Three-minute presentations at the beginning of worship services to share information about language and attitudes.
3. Transforming Hearts Collective Modules, Zoom meetings, July - November on various Wednesdays and Sundays

Below is the schedule of Zoom meetings. You have a choice of participating on a Sunday morning after the Zoom service, or on a Wednesday (or one Thursday) evening at 7:00 PM. Each module is about 45 -60 minutes in length, and we will devote another half hour to discussion and processing what we have learned. For more information, contact Barbara Allen, bawildrose@gmail.com.

Schedule

Module 1. Introduction to Beloved Community: Welcome as a Spiritual Practice
Wed., July 8, 7:00 PM
Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/91386541585
   or
Sun., July 12, 11:15 AM
Zoom meeting link is same as the Sunday service: https://zoom.us/j/653451971

Module 2. Gender and Our Faith Community

Wed., July 22, 7:00 PM
Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/98621731718
  or
Sun., July 26, 11:15 AM
Zoom meeting link is same as the Sunday service: https://zoom.us/j/653451971

Module 3. Unpacking the Gender Binary
Wed., Aug. 26, 7:00 PM
Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/91614359971
  or
Sun., Aug. 23, 11:15 AM
Zoom meeting link is same as the Sunday service: https://zoom.us/j/653451971

Module 4. Trans Experience and Spirituality
Wed., Sept. 23, 7:00 PM
Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99636911664
  or
Sun., Sept. 27, 11:15 AM
Zoom meeting link is same as the Sunday service: https://zoom.us/j/653451971

Module 5. The Role of Culture in Trans Exclusion
Wed., Oct. 28, 7:00 PM
Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/91339466096
  or
Sun., Oct. 25, 11:15 AM
Zoom meeting link is same as the Sunday service: https://zoom.us/j/653451971

Module 6. Creating Culture Shift
Thur., Nov. 19, 7:00 PM
Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99130409014
  or
Sun., Nov. 22, 11:15 AM
Zoom meeting link is same as the Sunday service: https://zoom.us/j/653451971

Additional Information
Module 1.  Introduction to Beloved Community: Welcome as a Spiritual Practice
In this session you'll get grounded in a Beloved Community approach to welcome, reflect on your personal experiences of inclusion vs. exclusion, and envision what practicing Beloved Community in a congregational setting looks like.

Resources

  1. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of Beloved Community, as summarized by the King Center.
  2. After reading the resource above, read the beginning of the same page: King’s “Triple Evils,” “Six Principles of Nonviolence,” and “Six Steps of Nonviolent Social Change.”
  3. The Welcoming Congregation,” a 2013 sermon by Alex.
  4. Slides from “Another Paradigm for Activism: Beloved Community,” by Hilary Allen, Meck Groot, and Rev. Deborah Holder for Be the Love.
  5. The Spiritual Practice of Hospitality” by David Rynick, UU World.
  6. Religious Community is Not Enough” by Rev. Tom Schade, UU World.

Module 2. Gender and Our Faith Community
In this session you'll review the origins and impacts of gender binary roles and how they uphold patriarchy, explore gender roles and patriarchy within organized religion in historic and present-day contexts, and reflect on the faith grounding for how people of faith are called to dismantle gender-based oppression.

Resources

  1. What Is Patriarchy (And How Does It Hurt Us All)?” a 5-minute Everyday Feminism video.
  2. Delusions of Gender’: The Bad Science of Brain Sexism,” an interview with Cordelia Fine, Salon.
  3. Target will stop labeling toys for boys or for girls. Good.” by Rebecca Hains, The Washington Post.
  4. With Principle and Spirit: Women, Feminism, and Unitarian Universalism,” a sermon by Rev. Tim Temerson. (Bonus resource: An excellent but longer piece if you have time is “The Feminization of the Unitarian Universalist Clergy” by Rev. Dawn Sangrey.)
  5. From Eve to to Hillary,” a sermon by Rev. Erin J. Walter

Module 3. Unpacking the Gender Binary
In this session you'll learn about the different dimensions of gender (biology, expression, and identity), explore the incredible diversity of experience within these dimensions, and reflect on how your own experience of gender aligns or does not align with the gender binary.

Module 4. Trans Experience and Spirituality
In this session you'll learn the risk factors involved in being transgender and the ways that race, class, age, ability, and more impact trans experience; learn about the role of spirituality in trans lives and the experiences of trans people in congregations; and explore the many spiritual gifts of trans people.

Module 5. The Role of Culture in Trans Exclusion
In this session you'll gain an understanding of the iceberg model of culture, explore the characteristics of mainstream culture, and learn how cultural differences between trans culture and mainstream culture contribute to trans exclusion in congregations.

Module 6. Creating Culture Shift
In this session you'll learn tools and practices for congregational culture shift, brainstorm next steps for creating trans-affirming culture shift in your congregation or faith group, and find out about additional resources that can support you in your next steps.

Three-Minute Presentations

November 3, 2019: What do the letters mean?

The letters LGBTQIA2S +++ can be confusing. Barbara Allen explains what they mean.

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November 17, 2019: What do the terms mean?

Some terms may not be familiar to you. Barbara Allen explains the meaning of the terms "gender queer," "non-binary," and "gender fluid."

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February 9, 2020: Valentine’s Day: A Contentious Holiday?

Jolly Hollamon offers suggestions for ways to celebrate what can be a difficult day for many folks.

Jolly Hollamon Valentine's Day