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We are a Welcoming Congregation! We offer gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) persons a religious home free of discrimination. We affirm same-sex marriage and the equal rights of GLBT persons. The Welcoming Congregation Program is a completely volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that want to take intentional steps to become more welcoming and inclusive of people with marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities.

First launched in 1990, the program grew out of an understanding that widespread prejudices and ignorance about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people existed within Unitarian Universalism, which resulted in the exclusion of LGBTQ people from our congregations.

Today, 64% of U.S. Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations and 94% of Canadian UU congregations are recognized as Welcoming Congregations. You can read more about Welcoming Congregations

LCUUC Statements of Conscience

A statement of conscience is our collective attempt to express an interpretation of the principles and purposes of our religion, regarding an important issue of our time. It may be of an ethical, philosophical, cultural, spiritual, or other nature. There are times when we feel compelled to speak as a faith community, not just as individuals. Because we value diversity and free exchange of ideas, it is never possible convey the nuances or outright differences of every member who votes on such a statement. They are arrived at, eventually, by majority vote of the congregation.

Same Sex Marriage

This Statement of Conscience was adopted by LCUUC at its Annual Congregational Meeting of June 11, 2006.

INTRODUCTION: We, the members of the Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church affirm that civil marriage is a civil right. Same-sex couples choose partners with whom to build a life, create a home, and offer their mutual support in good times and bad in the same manner and for the same reasons as heterosexual couples. We believe that civil marriage with its multitude of legal rights, responsibilities, privileges and protections affirms and promotes a more just, equitable, healthy and stable society and should be provided to all couples, regardless of sexual orientation.

FOUNDATION: As a congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church has covenanted to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person according to the first principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. As a congregation we are called to engage actively in the affirmation and fulfillment of this principle.

HISTORY: The UUA has been an advocate for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) persons since the 1970s, as one of the first denominations to affirm the right of GLBT persons to full ordination to ministry. Recognizing that many faith communities exclude GLBT persons, UUA congregations have provided a haven and spiritual home for many GLBT persons who seek affirmation of their personal worth and religious acknowledgement of their committed relationships. Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church specifically has benefited from the caring and compassionate ministry of openly gay and lesbian clergy.

THE ISSUE: The voices of exclusion, persecution and intolerance are growing louder in the United States and in the state of Wisconsin. The current public debate centers on whether same-sex couples should be allowed the legal rights, privileges and responsibilities of civil marriage. We believe that discrimination in marriage, in the workplace, in housing or in education, should not be tolerated or sanctioned by law. We deplore the current proposed constitutional amendment denying same-sex couples equal rights, as well as any other such legislation that seeks to deny equal rights to GLBT persons. The question at issue is not the right of gay and lesbian couples to demand religious sanction of their union, it is whether all citizens shall have the same legal protections, financial benefits, and social status that comes with registering a civil marriage.

ACTION: Therefore, we resolve, as the members of the Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church of Hartland, Wisconsin, to take action to achieve full civil rights for GLBT persons. We do this as a congregation and as individuals. We will actively oppose constitutional, legislative or other efforts to limit the legal rights of GLBT persons. We call upon our leadership, both clergy and lay, to take action. We pledge ourselves to support these actions, and we pledge to undertake our own.


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