We Are a Welcoming Congregation

The phrase “Welcoming Congregation” has a particular meaning among Unitarian Universalists. While we do strive to be welcome to all people, a designated Welcoming Congregation has made a specific commitment to actively reach out to people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Given the repressive climate of our society, it is believed that people whose sexual and gender orientation is not that of the majority are subjected to particular discrimination and need extra assurance that they are, in fact, welcome as they are, and are not expected to remain closeted.

More than twenty years ago (in June 1994), our congregation voted overwhelmingly to become a Welcoming Congregation. We are one of the founding members of LGBTQ Welcoming Communities of Faith (or “Welcoming Faiths”).

Our congregation, and the Unitarian Universalist Association, have endorsed the rights of same sex couples to marry and receive the same rights and privileges, such as spousal health care coverage, hospital and prison visitation, immigration, inheritance, adoption, lending, and pension coverage, as heterosexual unions.

What you can do: 10 Steps Towards Ending Homophobia in Your Congregation

Upcoming Events

Events are held at 6 Locke Street unless otherwise indicated. Questions? Is your event not listed? Please tell us! The deadline for newsletter submissions is Wednesdays at 6pm. See full calendar
  • April 21, 2020
    Book Discussion Group

    The book group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at various homes. All are welcome to attend…

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    11:30 pm to 1:00 amOnline meeting


  • April 26, 2020
    Sunday Service

    Until further notice, all worship services are being held online only. See our More details

    2:30 pm to 3:30 pm6 Locke St, Andover, MA


  • May 1, 2020
    Pasta Potluck (On hiatus)

    The Luisis provide the pasta; you bring salad, bread, beverage, dessert. Don’t worry if you can’t bring…

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    10:30 pm to 12:00 am6 Locle Street


  • May 3, 2020
    Sunday Service

    Until further notice, all worship services are being held online only. See our More details

    2:30 pm to 3:30 pm6 Locke St, Andover, MA


  • May 7, 2020
    UU Vespers

    Rev. Kali Fyre leads an informal worship service of sharing, meditation, prayer and music. It's a chance to experience…

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    11:00 pm to 12:00 am6 Locke Street


  • May 10, 2020
    Sunday Service

    Until further notice, all worship services are being held online only. See our More details

    2:30 pm to 3:30 pm6 Locke St, Andover, MA


  • May 12, 2020
    UU Stitchers (On Hiatus)

    The UU Stitchers will meet from 7-9 p.m. Join us for stitching and conversation. For more information contact…

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    11:00 pm to 1:00 amAt various homes


  • May 14, 2020
    Board of Directors

    Meets in the Minister's Study on the second Thursday of every month during the congregational year (September-June). All members…

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    11:15 pm to 12:45 am6 Locke Street


  • May 17, 2020
    Sunday Service

    Until further notice, all worship services are being held online only. See our More details

    2:30 pm to 3:30 pm6 Locke St, Andover, MA


  • May 19, 2020
    Book Discussion Group

    The book group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at various homes. All are welcome to attend…

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    11:30 pm to 1:00 amOnline meeting


  • May 21, 2020
    Social Justice Committee

    The UUCiA Social Justice Committee meets on the third Thursday of every month, September through June. For more information…

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    11:00 pm to 12:00 am6 Locke Street


  • May 24, 2020
    Sunday Service

    Until further notice, all worship services are being held online only. See our More details

    2:30 pm to 3:30 pm6 Locke St, Andover, MA