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Beaufort congregation receives official LGBTQ-friendly status

Posted by Liz Farrell

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort has been designated a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer and Questioning Welcoming Congregation by the Unitarian Universalist Association.

In order to be designated as such by the Unitarian Universalist Association, the 15-year-old congregation undertook a multiyear process of education and exploration and documented its efforts in the areas of education, congregational life and community outreach per association guidelines. The congregation held classes, reviewed its bylaws, showed films, garnered responses on members’ comfort levels and awareness regarding LGBTQ issues, offered a potluck supper for Beaufort community LGBTQ people and allies, and participated in Gay Pride marches in Charleston.

“Religious spaces are not always welcoming places for all people, especially when it comes to gender and sexuality,” said the Rev. Kevin Tarsa, interim minister. “Unitarian Universalism and this congregation have therefore made a public commitment to open their doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.”

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort is a noncreedal, liberal religious community that seeks to provide a joyful a sanctuary for spiritual and intellectual growth.