Welcoming Congregation

    WCSG 5 Unitarian Universalist Society:East is recognized as a Welcoming Congregation by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Unitarian Universalism is widely known for its commitment to welcome and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and families.

     Unitarian Universalist Society: East has two groups that are deeply involved with our LGBTQ Welcoming Congregational Culture:

Our Welcoming Congregation Steering Group intially arose from our Social Justice efforts. This is a group of LGBTQ people and their straight and non-gender-variant allies dedicated to efforts to promote welcome and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, queer and questioning people from all walks of life. We work on the Welcoming Program at UUS:E.

We also have the Rainbow Alliance that is Unitarian Universalist Society: East’s social group for LGBTQ people and their families that periodically gets together for movie nights, potlucks, picnics and other events! For more information on the Rainbow Alliance, click here.

Upcoming Events for All:


Pride - Rainbow FlagThe UUS:E Welcoming Congregation Steering Group (WCSG) would like to hang a rainbow flag on the main level of UUS:E. WSCG members feel strongly that hanging a rainbow flag is a powerful way to communicate to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer visitors that they are welcome at UUS:E—and not only welcome, but safe and free to bring their full selves into our community.

We’d like to get your feedback on hanging a flag.  We’ll be holding a congregation-wide conversation on January 5th at 1:00. What do you think? Can you support this gesture? Why or why not? What are your questions? If you can’t make it to the conversation, Rev. Josh is collecting feedback. Please feel free to email him at revpawelek@sbcglobal.net or call 860-646-5151.

For more information on the Rainbow Flag, continue reading….

Recent Events:

Read Rev. Pawelek’s remarks at the 2013 Hartford-Area Transgender Day of Remembrance here.

The UUS:E Welcoming Congregation Steering Group sponsored a reception in honor of National Coming Out Day on Thursday evening, October 10th.  Participants told stories of coming out and reflected on the progress the United States has made in recent years in moving towards full equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. We also noted that despite progress there is still much work to do both inside the church and in the larger society.

NCOD reception


NCOD  Reception




Welcoming Congregation Steering Group 

Next Meeting: January 14, 7:00 to 9:00 at UUS:E.

ThWCSG 1is energized steering group is working to nurture and guide our cultural commitment to being a Welcoming Congregation. It is an alliance - members from the LGBTQ community  and those who are straight and non-gender-variant allies to that community at UUS:E. We are working together to renew our Welcoming promise. Contact Annie in the main office for more details at 860-646-5151 or uuse153@sbcglobal.net.

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 Welcoming Congregation Program


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