12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- This will be Philadelphia’s 27th celebration of National Coming Out Day (NCOD)
- This is the single largest LGBT event in Philadelphia
- OutFest is the largest NCOD event in the worldMore information as it becomes available at phillygaypride.org
USG’s Welcoming Congregation Refresher Task Force will be offering opportunities to engage with and learn about LGBTQ issues and communities throughout the fall in support of renewing USG’s Welcoming Congregation status.
The Welcoming Congregation Program
In the 1980s and 90s, when the word “welcoming” became a code word for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, the Unitarian Universalist Association launched a Welcoming Congregation Program to help us learn how to undo homophobia—and later, transphobia (prejudice against transgender people)—in our hearts and minds, our congregations, and our communities.
Today, most Unitarian Universalist congregations are recognized Welcoming Congregations. The spiritual practice of welcome is a very important one to our faith community.
The work of welcome, however, is never done. Welcoming Congregations can learn more about how to be truly welcoming to all people by renewing their commitment. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Ministries recommends that congregations go through a Welcoming Congregation Program or refresher programming every five years. A lot of turnover and changes to congregational life can happen over the years, and the wider culture also changes quickly. Refresher programming can help your congregation recommit to inclusive practices and also take the next steps in deepening your welcome ever further.