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Bay de Noc Fellowship recognized as welcoming

Courtesy photo Members of the Unitarian Universalist Bay de Noc Fellowship pose for a photo at the Escanaba Marketplace.

ESCANABA — The Unitarian Universalist Bay de Noc Fellowship has received recognition as a welcoming congregation.

Unitarian Universalism has made a commitment to opening its doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The Welcoming Congregation Program is a volunteer program for congregations that want to take intentional steps to be more welcoming and inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities (UUA.org).

The Unitarian Universalist of Bay de Noc Welcoming Congregation Committee included Chairperson Vicki McGaffigan, Board Vice President Laurie Johnson, and Social Action Committee Chairperson Gus Olson.

The requirements for recognition as a Welcoming Congregation are measurable achievements in the areas of education, congregational life, and community outreach, using the Welcoming Congregation Guidelines and Action Steps as a guide. A congregational vote in affirmation of being recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) as a Welcoming Congregation was taken before the formal application was submitted.

“With our support, we can be a beacon of hope and acceptance to the LGBTQ+ community – right here in Delta County,” said Olson.

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