Welcoming Congregation Committee
The mission of the WCC is to explicitly affirm, welcome, support, and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons at First Parish, and to educate the congregation and society at large to the prejudice, injustice, intolerance and violence against LGBTs.
The question is sometimes asked, “Why do we need a special committee to welcome LGBT persons to First Parish when we don’t have a special committee to welcome other specific groups?” This population has been turned away as a group from places of worship “in the name of God.” First Parish has made a conscious decision to be explicitly welcoming and affirming to LGBT persons because, in far too many cases, ours may be the only community that will.
The goals of the Welcoming Congregation Committee are:
- to make our meetinghouse a place where all people, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity, are comfortable and welcome;
- to encourage dialogue and trust between individuals;
- to integrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life issues into congregational programs, activities and structure, leadership, and
- to promote a change in homophobic attitudes within our community and society.
Meetings: Please call the office at 978-443-2043 for the next scheduled meeting date
For more information, contact Donna Scalcione in the office