Welcoming Congregations

welcoming congregation logoThe Welcoming Congregation program is a volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that want to take active steps to become more welcoming and inclusive of individuals with marginalized sexual orientation and gender identities.

The program grew out of the recognition of existing prejudice and ignorance about LBGTQ (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer) people in UU’ism resulting in exclusion from our congregations.

The program was developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Congregations must complete the Welcoming Congregation program and pass a congregational vote to affirm that they welcome the membership and active participation of the LGBTQ community. 99 percent of Canadian congregations are welcoming congregations.

Living the Welcoming Congregation

This program was developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association for congregations who have completed the Welcoming Congregation program and want to continue work in this area.

To join an email group to discuss the Welcoming Congregation and Living the Welcoming Congregation program, just send a blank email to  cuc-pride@googlegroups.com

Pride Events

CUC encourages all congregations to actively support and participate in Pride events.  To learn more about what’s happening across Canada, join the cuc-pride email list, by sending a blank email to  cuc-pride@googlegroups.com

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Certified Congregations

CongregationYear Certified
Unitarian Church of Edmonton1992
Unitarian Church of Vancouver1995
Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship1995 & renewed 2011
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg1996
Unitarian Fellowship of Kelowna1997
Unitarian Church of Montréal1998
First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto1998 & renewed 2008
First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa1998 & renewed 2010
First Unitarian Church of Hamilton1998
Capital Unitarian Universalist Congregation1999
Unitarian Congregation of Saskatoon2000
Unitarian Church of Calgary2000
First Unitarian Church of Victoria2001
Unitarian Fellowship of London2001
Unitarian Congregation of Guelph2001
Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship2003
Beacon Unitarian Church2004
North Shore Unitarian Church 2004
Kingston Unitarian Fellowship2004
Grand River Unitarian Congregation2005
Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax2005
Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga
(formerly Unitarian Congregation of South Peel)
2005
Unitarian Universalist Church of North Hatley2005
Unitarian Fellowship of Fredericton2005
Unitarian Fellowship of Sarnia-Port Huron2005
Westwood Unitarian Congregation2006
Avalon Unitarian Fellowship2006
Unitarian Universalist Church of Saint John2006
Don Heights Unitarian Congregation2006
Unitarian Fellowship of Salt Spring Island2007
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kamloops2007
Unitarian Congregation of Niagara2008
Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation2008
Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough2008
South Fraser Unitarian Congregation2008
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa2008
Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Congregation2009
Huronia Unitarian Fellowship2009
Unitarian Fellowship of Regina2010
Elora and Fergus Unitarian Church2010
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Durham2010
Unitarian Fellowship of Northwest Toronto2011
Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda2014
First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo2016