Friday, May 11, 2012

Article on "Welcoming Faiths" in today's Eagle Tribune

Photo (c) Carl Russo, Eagle Tribune (April Welcoming Faiths Meeting)
There's an article in today's Lawrence Eagle Tribune about LGBTQ Welcoming Communities of Faith (or "Welcoming Faiths" for short)!  Here's a link to the article: click here.  It's a nice piece quoting lots of great people from the group, from several different member congregations.  (For the record, I said "If it weren't for same sex marriage, I wouldn't be married at all" and "historic" rather than "historical"... not that I'm vain!)

Welcoming Faiths has a Facebook page and a website/blog.

Photo (c) Carl Russo, Eagle Tribune (me with our banner)
The mission of Welcoming Faiths is "to promote equality and inclusion for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning individuals and families and to reach out and assist those seeking a spiritual home.  Our member congregations encourage active support for LGBTQ people and their families, assuring that they are welcomed, comfortable and safe in every aspect of congregational life.  Our member congregations also strive to increase awareness of issues of equality and justice for LGBTQ persons and to serve as beacons of fairness and loving affirmation in the Merrimack Valley and beyond."

I hope more congregations in the Merrimack Valley will join Welcoming Faiths.  Our current members are:

Ballard Vale United Church of Andover
23 Clark Road
Andover, MA 01810
www.bvuc.org

Christ Church (Episcopal) Andover
25 Central Street
Andover, MA 01810
www.christchurchandover.org

Christ Church United
180 East Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852
www.wewelcomeall.org

North Parish of North Andover
Unitarian Universalist
190 Academy Road
North Andover, MA 01845
www.northparish.org/index.php

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
390 Main Street
North Andover, MA 01845
www.stpaulsnorthandover.com

South Church in Andover
41 Central Street
Andover, MA 01810
www.southchurch.com

Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover
6 Locke Street
Andover, MA 01810
www.uuandover.org

Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill
15 Kenoza Avenue
Haverhill, MA 01830
www.uuhaverhill.org

West Parish Church of Andover
129 Reservation Road
Andover, MA 01810
www.westparishchurch.org

We can be reached at: welcomingfaiths@gmail.com