The Rainbow Alliance of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton initiates outreach, support and education both within the church community, and the larger community in a continuing effort toward the acceptance of persons of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Activities of the Rainbow Alliance include concerts, workshops, discussions, and worship services and social gatherings.
Welcoming Congregation is a term for congregations that have voted to affirm, welcome and support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. This concept came about because people of non-majority sexual identity often feel unsafe in religious organizations, feeling that they must stay “in the closet” or feeling subtly excluded.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton voted to become a Welcoming Congregation on May 31st, 1992. The UUCB has been enriched by its decision; it has enjoyed the presence of people who might not otherwise have joined the congregation, and it has deepened its spirituality by acting out its principal, that UU’s respect the integrity of all people, not only the majority. Persons of non-majority sexual orientation will feel welcome at UUCB, whether or not they choose to reveal their true identity.
History of the Rainbow Alliance Committee
During the 2010/11 UUCB fiscal year, the GLC agreed to change its name to Rainbow Alliance. This name change was accepted by the UUCB Program Council and Board of Trustees, but it needed approval by voting UUCB members as a By-Laws amendment at the 2011 annual meeting, since the GLC has been a UUCB standing committee. This amendment was approved at the annual meeting, and the former GLC is now officially the Rainbow Alliance.
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