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Gay and Lesbian News   

Pride Parade 2014
August 9th  
Downtown Charleston
"'We are Charleston "
UUs supporting our LGBT Community!
Outstanding support to the community from the Unitarian Church in Charleston!!!!

Thanks to all!
TSHIRTS Still Available -- contact Richard Hayes
We are very excited to have tshirts for the parade so we look color coordinated! They are lavender with Unitarian Church in Charleston and our flaming chalice symbol in rainbow colors on the front, and the words "Marrying same-sex couples for 30 years!" on the back. 
Thank you!

Suanne Ansari, Cochair Social Justice Committee
Richard Hayes, Chair of The Welcoming Congregation subcommittee 



Welcoming Congregation Activities

Our Welcoming Congregation activities are well integrated with our Church Life.  All Church Members watch to ensure that we continue to welcome our LGBTQQI brothers and sisters in the church, and concentrate on supporting community activities through strong community organizations like Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) and SCEquality (South Carolina Equality Coalition is a statewide non-partisan coalition of local and state social, religious and political GLBT organizations and allies with a mission to secure civil and human rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender South Carolinians). The highlights include: Increasing number of LGBTQQI members, LGBT discussion in the curriculum of the Our Whole Life (OWL) teen religious education program, the Demonstration in March 2013 for Marriage Equality with 500 Charlestonians on the steps of the Custom House, and strong support to the LGBT community by participating in the 5th Annual Charleston Gay Pride Parade on August 9, 2014.


Our congregation is a Welcoming Congregation for gay, lesbian, bisexualand transgender (GLBT) people. This congregation became a Welcoming Congregation in 2007 after a multi-year period of study and reflection by congregation Members.

We fulfill our role as a Welcoming Congregation by offering GLBT persons a religious home free of discrimination. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, you are welcome in our faith community.

Unitarian Universalist congregations, especially the Unitarian Church in Charleston, extend a warm welcome to bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender (BGLT) people and their families. We are a caring, open-minded faith community that encourages you to seek your own spiritual path.

We believe that our first Principle, respecting “the inherent worth and dignity of every person,” applies equally to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities/ gender expressions. Unitarian Universalism has intentionally reached out to BGLT people and their families. Our Welcoming Congregations have completed a program to enhance their welcome of all people.

Unitarian Universalism is one of the few religions that ordains openly bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people. Our BGLT clergy (who are permitted to partner or marry) participate fully in our faith community as pastors in some of our largest congregations.

We work to promote acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and equity for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender persons of all colors, races, and ethnicities, both within the UUA and in society at large. We are committed to protecting the civil and legal rights of BGLT people and families across the country. Unitarian Universalists have been at the forefront of the same-sex marriage debates, advocating for the right for each person to marry the partner of his or her choiceOur congregations are places where people gather to nurture their spirits and put their faith into action by helping to make our communities—and the world—a better place.

Learn more on the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) website.


Welcoming Congregation Announcements   
Senate Committee to consider benefits for Gay Federal Employees

Senate committee to consider benefits bill
Legislation would grant benefits to gay federal employees

By CHRIS JOHNSON, Washington Blade | Sep 4, 12:57 PM

The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Sept. 24 on the Domestic Partner Benefits and Obligations Act.

The legislation would grant the partners of gay federal employees the same benefits that are available to the spouses of straight counterparts.

The committee, which is chaired by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), has yet to finalize its list of witnesses, according to Seamus Hughes, a committee spokesperson.

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