SocialJustice

LGBTQ Pride Group

Welcome!
The First Unitarian Church of Portland extends a warm welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, families, and communities.  Our community provides an inclusive environment for all who seek to explore their spirituality, build community, and work for social justice.

First Unitarian Church of Portland has a long and eventful history of providing a safe and welcoming home to the LGBTQ community.  Including the 1992 response to Ballot Measure 9 to criminalize homosexuality, wherein the church was declared a “hate-free zone.” In March, 2004, dozens of same-gender couples were married in the sanctuary when Multnomah County legalized gay marriage.  As stated in its first guiding principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association, “We covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”

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UUA Welcoming Congregation
The Unitarian Universalist Association Welcoming Congregation Program is a completely volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that want to take intentional steps to become more welcoming and inclusive of people with marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities.  As a member of the Welcoming Congregation program, our commitment includes the following:

--We are inclusive and expressive of the concerns of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender at every level of congregational life—in worship, in program, and in social occasions—welcoming not only their presence but the unique gifts and particularities of their lives as well.

--We do not assume anyone’s affectional/sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Vocabulary of worship reflects this perception; worship celebrates diversity by inclusivity of language and content.
Our bylaws and other official documents include an affirmation and nondiscrimination clause affecting all dimensions of congregational life, including membership, hiring practices, and the calling of religious professionals.

--We offer congregational and ministerial support for services of union and memorial services for persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender, and celebrations of evolving definitions of family.

--We seek to nurture ongoing dialogue between people of different affectional/sexual orientations and gender identifications, and to create deeper trust and sharing.

--As an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, we attend to legislative developments and work to promote justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society. We speak out when the rights and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are at stake.

--We celebrate the lives of all people and their ways of expressing their love for each other.



Standing on the Side of Love
IMG_0703.smallStanding on the Side of Love is a public advocacy campaign, initiated by the Unitarian Universalist Association that is harnessing love’s power to stop oppression.  We stand with all who believe that no person should be dehumanized through acts of exclusion, oppression, or violence because of their identities.
In public debates over immigration, LGBTQ rights, and more, religious people stand on the side of love and call for respect, inclusion, and compassion.
The Standing on the Side of Love campaign elevates compassionate religious voices to influence public attitudes and public policy.  Through community activism, social networking, and media outreach, people across the nation are equipped to counter fear and make love real in the world.

Affiliations
 
We are an affiliate member of the Community of Welcoming Congregations for Oregon and Southwest Washington and work with several community non-profit organizations including Basic Rights Oregon.
 
http://www.uua.org/lgbt/index.shtml
 
http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org/
 

Getting Involved
 
There are many ways to get involved.  Whether it’s hosting the Pride table at coffee hour, hosting or assisting with social events, walking in the Portland Pride Parade, or working on new ballot initiatives for equality, you’re efforts are welcome.

Upcoming Events
 
Social events are held monthly and are hosted by members of the LGBTQ Pride Group.  Watch for announcements on this page, e-news, and printed church material.


Blanchet House Volunteer Service Activity
Saturday, May, 10, 2014
4:30-6:00 p.m.
310 NW Glisan Street, Portland


Join the First Unitarian LGBTQ Pride Group as we volunteer at the Blanchet House of Hospitality.  Activities may include preparing, plating, and serving meals, as well as greeting guests and clean up.  Those interested in participating need to RSVP to Michael Hobbs, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , as space is limited.  Volunteers are welcome to stay and have dinner at 6:00 as well. 


Pride Spring Potluck Gathering
Saturday, May 31, 2014
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Scott Winters and Mike Tchong
Contact for address

Please bring a favorite dish to share with the group.  Friends and allies welcome!  If you need a ride or can provide a ride, please let Scott know.  RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for address.  Hope to see you there!
 
Portland Pride Parade
Sunday, June 15, 2014
11:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join us as we march as a multi-congregational UU contingent in the 2014 Portland Pride Parade.  We will meet after the church service in front of the Eliot Chapel and travel to the parade meet up location together.  Join us as we celebrate LGBTQI Equality and Social Justice! To volunteer with logistics, please contact Scott Winters,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Hope to see everyone there!  

 

 


 

 




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