We extend a warm welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families. We offer a place where LGBTs can openly gather to nurture their spirits and put their faith into action by helping to make our communities–and the world–a better place.
UU Clergy • Unitarian Universalism is one of the few religions that ordains openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. UU LGBT clergy (who are permitted to partner or marry) participate fully in our faith community as pastors in some of our largest congregations.
UUFWC: A Welcoming Congregation • We have always welcomed the LGBT community and have been certified as a Unitarian Universalist Association Welcoming Congregation since 2001. We are inclusive and expressive of the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons at every level of congregational life—in worship, in program, and in social occasions, welcoming not only their presence but the unique gifts they bring to our community.
Welcoming Congregation: Learn more about the UUA Welcoming Congregations program.
PFLAG • For a time, the local chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians) met at UUFWC. [they no longer meet here.] Call thier local Hot Line at (330) 264-7396 for support and to see if they are meeting somewhere else.
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG’s local and national efforts provide opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and act to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. Learn more about PFLAG by visiting their national website.
LGBT Equality Group •
A pod of the Social Action Committee is committed to promoting LGBT equality. Their goal is to educate members and the public about the discriminatory realities faced by gay and lesbian couples and transgender individuals. They sponsor a range of events from movie nights to worship services. Formerly Ohioans for Marriage Equality, the group broadened its mission and reorganized after the Supreme Court decision in 2015 provided marriage equality. Learn more about the group’s activities by visiting their facebook page, which has kept the name Ohioans for Marriage Equality in order to maintain connections with their many followers.