All of who you are is sacred.
All of who you are is welcome.
A guiding principle of Unitarian Universalism and of this church is the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We believe in the value of inclusive religious communities. LGBTQ justice and equity are a core part of who we are.
UUFF works to actively affirm and include people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer at every level of congregational life—in worship, in program, and in social occasions.
After much congregational work and dedication, the UUA designated us as a Welcoming Congregation in 2003. This means we have taken classes, participated in educational events, and organizational assessment so we could become more inclusive to the needs and desires of the LGBTQ community.
As a Welcoming Congregation we have pledged to:
- Honor the lives of all people and equally affirm displays of caring and affection without regard for sexual orientation
- Celebrate diversity by using inclusive language and content in worship.
- Incorporate an understanding of the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons throughout all of our programs, including religious education.
- Affirm and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues and history.
- Affirm marriage equality and conduct same-sex weddings.
- Advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, promoting justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society. We speak out when the rights and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are at stake.
- We recognize that there’s always something more to learn, and remain open to deepening our understanding about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.
What we’ve been doing:
In addition to our certification as a Welcoming Congregation, we support and participate in the Northwest Arkansas Pride March and Festival every year and annually host a local Transgender Day of Remembrance.