Mary and Sue

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We met in 1992 and we traveled around the country for our work for two and a half years. We made sure to seek out the local UU church in whatever new town we were living in. We were attracted to liberal religion and ideals. As lesbians, we were warmly greeted and encouraged to participate.

We moved to Boulder County in 1995 and joined the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder in 1997, drawn in by the spiritual diversity of this church. At that time there were not many religious communities that were interested or willing to marry LGBTQ+ members, but UUCB accepted us as who we are. We had a beautiful, loving and accepting commitment ceremony at the church.

In 2000 and 2002 we welcomed our two sons into the world. They had their baby-naming ceremonies at the church. This community allowed us to raise our children in a loving, socially conscious, non-Christian religion. Over the years we have been enriched and formed deep connections through participation in the Welcoming Congregations, stewardship committee, immigration ministry, ministerial intern committee and worship committee. We have volunteered with the UUCB crew at Community Table as a family for several years and value connectedness with other members and with our larger community.