A Welcoming Congregation
Since 1993, we have been a Welcoming Congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. This is our denominational term for congregations that declare and affirm inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all aspects of our church life.
Standing on the Side of Love
Our work for LGBTQ+ rights is rooted in the simple belief that love and commitment in any form should be celebrated, protected and encouraged. We also believe that diversity of self and sexual expression is something that is natural and enriches us all.
We are thrilled to live in a state that recognizes equal marriage. If you are planning to get married or have a ceremony so your existing marriage can receive legal standing in New York, we’d love to officiate and celebrate with you.
Ministerial Marriage “Boycott”
Before marriage was legal in New York State, our ministers took a stand of conscience and stop signing marriage licenses for all couples until same-sex couples had the same right. We are proud of our ministers and grateful for their stance. We are even more proud and grateful, that they can now sign licenses for all!
Rochester Pride Parade
This event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community of Rochester has been held annually since 1990. Our church has been represented by a delegation nearly every year, often joined with GUUSTO (Genesee Unitarian Universalist Societies Together), a collaboration of local UU congregations that strengthen religious, administrative and social justice efforts.