Sunday, December 6, 12:30-1:30 pm
One of the ways we can live out our commitment to being a Welcoming Congregation is by making space to hear the stories of people with LGBTQ+ identities. Join us for a panel and Q&A session with speakers from OutBoulder and PFLAG. We’ll hear the life stories and experiences of panelists from middle-school age to late adulthood, who represent a variety of sexual orientations, gender identities, and family structures. Bring your questions!
Children are welcome at the event; childcare available upon request. Lunch will be provided at 11:45. If you can help with cooking, set up, or clean up, contact Dianne Ewing: 303-776-0227, email@example.com. Or RSVP on Facebook!
“A Rainbow of Voices” Photo and Story exhibit of the lives and stories of lesbian, gay, pansexual, transgender, genderqueer, intersex people and their allies, hosted by “The Rainbow Bridge” will be open Sunday, September 6th and Sunday, September 13th, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder at 5001 Pennsylvania Avenue in Boulder. Please come on September 6th or 13th from 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. to view the exhibit, and attend the Storytelling/Singing event at 12 noon on September 6th in the Emerson Room to celebrate the exhibit.
We celebrated marriage equality this summer! However, marriage equality is not the only issue that has concerned and still concerns our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, and intersex friends and colleagues. At the UUCB retreat, on Saturday, August, 22, at 10 a.m., our WC Committee is sponsoring a panel discussion: Living with LGBT Experiences. This is a G-rated event. Panelists will include guests from PFLAG and OutBoulder, as well as UUCB members. There will be panelists from many generations, from a middle schooler to a retired person, and ages in between! Gender identity varies. Some are gay; some are straight. Some identify as gender queer or trans. Experiences differ from generation to generation and depend on many other factors too. Plan to join us for this panel. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Even if you are not coming to the entire retreat, you may come for just this event, or you may come for the panel and lunch or for the entire day. Please sign up with the retreat committee if you want to come for any part of Saturday. There is no charge to just attend the panel discussion. If you stay for lunch, you must pay for it, and you need to be signed up for lunch ahead of time.
On Sunday, May 17, Judy Hunter and Dianne Ewing, our UUCB reps on the Interfaith AIDS Alliance, participated in the Boulder candlelight memorial program remembering those lost to AIDS . Judy read several pieces, including this poem that she wrote for her brother’s memorial service.
I thought we’d have tomorrow.
Another day to see.
Together with our memories.
Back then and yet to be.
I thought we’d have tomorrow.
To laugh and touch and cry.
I barely got to be with you.
Before I said goodbye.
Have you noticed that some UUCBers have a rainbow sticker on their name tag? You can have one too! They are to emphasize to newcomers and guests that we welcome GLBTAIQ people. We are officially designated as a Welcoming Congregation by the UUA, and we are actively working to renew that status. We’ll have stickers available at the name tag table or by our name tags board every week from now on. Stick one on your name tag! Our new rainbow flag should be flying by our front doors this month. We plan to keep it up 24-7 to let passers-by as well as those who use our building know that we are welcoming!
Members of the WC Committee and all of you who are interested in furthering UUCB’s work to become more welcoming, especially to members of the GLBTAIQ community, are invited to meet with us after you get your coffee on Sunday, April 12. Bring a snack for the meeting that day, if you can, so we can munch and talk! Meeting location to be announced.
Sign up for an introduction to the Welcoming Congregation and the Bisexuality Curriculum on Tuesday, April 14 at UUCB. Bring your dinner and we’ll meet at 6:30or come at 7 when we begin the workshop. If all can come early, we will start and end early. The second WC workshop will also be scheduled on Tuesday during the week when our ministerial candidate is visiting with us. The committee is also planning a panel discussion about living with WC topics for our August retreat. We will begin the new WC curriculum in the fall.
Now you wonder what all the letters stand for in GLBTAIQ. The order of the letters sometimes varies, but they still mean the same things. You probably can figure out Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and perhaps Transgendered too. Here’s what the AIQ letters stand for. A = asexual, I = intersexed, Q = queer. We will be defining terms for you in coming newsletters. Because the letters are a mouthful, we are calling our committee the Welcoming Congregation Committee. If you have questions about the group, ask Judy Hunter or Dianne Ewing.
WE ARE STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVE!