Our congregation has long provided support and a welcome sanctuary for gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer (GLBTQ) people. As long ago as the 1990s Rev. Maureen Killoran convened one of the area’s first World AIDS Day services. We organized an Interweave group to support GLBTQ people and for a time provided space for a Metropolitan Community Church, which provided gay-friendly Christian worship, to meet here. In 1995 UUCA was recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Welcoming Congregation.
This commitment continued in 2005 when the Rev. Mark Ward announced he would not sign marriage licenses until same-sex people were allowed to marry. UUCA joined coalitions seeking to change the law. In 2014 Rev. Ward and two UUCA members joined as plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit that succeeded in overturning a constitutional provision banning same-sex marriage. Associate Minister Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper officiated at the first legal same-sex wedding in North Carolina on the steps of the county building and the congregation hosted more than a dozen same-sex marriages on its campus.
We are committed to providing a religious home free of discrimination where all who visit us will hear us declare that, “whatever your heritage, whomever you love, you are welcome in our faith community.”
Learn more about Welcoming Congregations at the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) website.
Universal Rainbow Unity
This group seeks to promote Love, Acceptance, Compassion, Justice and Equality in all areas of sexual and gender identity, while providing education, encouraging awareness and nurturing full inclusion in a spiritually diverse community. Contact Shawn Landreth and Corey Gibson.