UUCW has been a Welcoming Congregation since a congregational vote was taken in 2004 to accept the designation offered us via this national Unitarian Universalist Association program. Each Welcoming Congregation commits to create an environment in worship, on committees, teams, and groups, in courses and all aspects of church life, that affirms and celebrates people who identify as LGBTQ.

It’s also a congregation that stands up for the human and civil rights of LGBTQ people. There are many opportunities for members to support this effort in the public square, such as marching together in the Milwaukee Pride Parade, participating with local organizations via our Split the Plate program, and other efforts.

Our congregation worked hard to fight off Wisconsin’s gay marriage statute, and our ministers celebrated the legalization of marriage for all by heading to the Milwaukee and Waukesha County Courthouses to marry couples as soon as it was legal. We have an affirmation and nondiscrimination clause in our by-laws and other official documents affecting all dimensions of congregational life, including membership, hiring practices, and the calling of religious professionals.