The Hopedale UU Community was recognized by the UUA as a Welcoming Congregation in the fall of 2007.  We are indeed grateful to Members Robert Bell and Amy Lamborg for assisting the Congregation throughout the process.

As a Welcoming Congregation we publicly welcome bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people. We commit to being inclusive and expressive of the concerns of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons at every level of congregational life—in worship, programming, leadership, rites of passage and in social occasions. We fully incorporate the experiences of GLBT persons throughout all programs, including religious education.

We welcome same-sex couples, recognizing their committed relationships, and equally affirms displays of caring and affections without regard to sexual orientation. We have inclusive language and content in our worship. Our congregation and ministry support and participate in celebrations for union, family milestones and memorial services for GLBT persons.

In our governing documents, we include an affirmation and nondiscrimination clause affecting all dimensions of congregational life, including membership, hiring practices, and the calling of religious professionals.

We engage in outreach into the GLBT community in its advertising and by actively supporting GLBT affirmative groups. We affirm and celebrate GLBT  issues and history during the church year.

We seek to nurture ongoing dialogue between bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and heterosexual persons and to create deeper trust and sharing and encourage the presence of a chapter of Interweave. We stay current on legislative developments and works to promote justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society. We speak out when the rights of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people are at stake.