The Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Congregation welcomes and accepts all people regardless of age, race, national origin, or sexual orientation.
In the 1980s and 90s, when the word “welcoming” became a code word for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, the Unitarian Universalist Association launched a Welcoming Congregation Program to help us learn how to undo homophobia—and later, transphobia (prejudice against transgender people)—in our hearts and minds, our congregations, and our communities.
Today, most Unitarian Universalist congregations are recognized Welcoming Congregations. In 2003, the Peterborough UU congregation voted to become a Welcoming Congregation: To declare and commit itself to actively affirm, and accept the dignity and participation of those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered.
We affirm and accept all people into leadership, teaching, and volunteer roles in the church
We affirm and accept people in our hiring for staff positions and for ministry positions.
We affirm and accept couples by officiating at marriages in the sanctuary and at other locations chosen by the couple.
We affirm and accept people by listing our church as a Welcoming Congregation and by presenting a rainbow flag either on or inside the outdoor church sign.
One family’s story
A sign of welcome: the rainbow flag
In February, 2014, my wife Sarah and I drove through NH, VT and MA looking for an area that we would be calling home, come summer. Our only goal was to come to New England, and to have winter.