After completing the workshop series during early 2008, at the Annual Congregational Meeting held May 18, 2008, the UU Congregation of Greenville overwhelmingly passed a resolution to become recognized as a Welcoming Congregation by the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association).
The Welcoming Congregaton Program was established by the UUA to help congregations be more inclusive and work toward elimination of prejudice towards bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people.
Long before participating in the workshop series or passing the resolution, UUCG had long considered itself a "welcoming" (with a lowercase "w") congregation. Some notable actions included:
- Treating all members equally regardless of affectional orientation or gender-identity
- Recognizing families regardless of their composition or legal status
- Being the only church in Greenville to perform same-sex union ceremonies
- Performing child dedications recognizing same-sex couples equally as parents
- Electing GLBT people to positions of leadership in the congregation
- Participation in local and statewide Pride events
- Allowing GLBT Community Organizations to use our facilities
- Numerous programs on non-discrimination and marriage equality issues
- All restroom facilities are non-gendered and available to all regardless of gender identity
Greenville Classic GLBT Film Night
Since October 2011, UUCG has been hosting a monthly Classic GLBT Film Night starting at 7pm on the third Friday of each month. We try to vary the theme from month to month
to explore various genres (comedy, drama, documentary, short films) and feature various segments of the community (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, youth, ethnic minorities, etc.).
Most months, the movie is preceded by a series of film trailers from which the audience can vote to determine the next month's movie.
If you're on Facebook, you can get updates by liking the Movie Night Facebook Page. Announcments are also sent
over the church email list, Facebook Page, and announcements.
In 2015, several of our members helped to form a Greenville area chapter of PFLAG, one of the longer-term goals of our Welcoming Congregation effort. PFLAG Greenville
was chartered in July 2015 and now meets at UUCG on the second Thursday of each month starting at 7pm. UUCG has also helped the PFLAG chapter get started financially by designating the
organization as the August 2015 Share the Plate recipient.
LGBTQ and Allied Youth
Another program started in 2015 is our LGBTQ and Allies Youth Drop-in Group. PFLAG does not provide support services for youth, and no other such services exist in the community. The UUCG
Social Action Committee has started a monthly drop-in social and support group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth as well as their
straight allies. This group meets at the same time as PFLAG, but in one of our classrooms. Youth are supervised by adult facilitators, but the group activities are youth-directed.
Future projects that have been discussed include hosting a GLBT and Allies Family Day Picnic and participation with renewed efforts to have a Greenville LGBTQ Pride Festival.
Local LGBTQ Resources
OUTGreenville.com is a website (maintained by our congregational webmaster) providing information on LGBTQ resources and events in the Greenville area.
- If you are LGBTQ-identifying or are a "Straight Ally" looking for a spiritual home, we hope you'll consider checking us out!
- If you're not looking for a church to attend, but are looking for an officiant and/or a place to get married, consider us! (We've been doing Ceremonies of Union for Same-Sex couples for decades
and enthusiastically welcomed the coming of marriage equality to North Carolina in 2014!)
- If you're looking for a church where your children will be taught to affirm "the inherent worth and dignity of every person", please consider us!