WE ARE AN OPEN, AFFIRMING, AND WELCOMING CONGREGATION
We embrace Two-Spirit, gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, asexual, intersex, and questioning (2SLGBTQ+) people into our spiritual community. We work to promote acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and equity for 2SLGBTQ+ people and families in Ottawa and society at large. We fight homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and other forms of hatred and oppression.
What We Do
Our Embracing Diversity Committee works to promote equity, inclusion and diversity within the congregation. We design and oversee the implementation of an annual plan of educational, advocacy, outreach, and community-building activities, and recommend policy/procedural/structural changes in Congregation operations.
We host an annual Pride service, present film screenings and have hosted an interfaith panel of queer clergy for Pride Week. We present workshops - like "Beyond Tolerance" on creating safer spaces, and our Intern Minister, E.N. Hill's, home grown workshop series, "No More Kyriarchy". Previously the committee has supported fundraisers for community organizations (e.g. the Ten Oaks Project in Ottawa), organized workshops for congregants about power, privilege and unconscious bias.
Upcoming plans include continued collaboration with local 2Slgbtqia+ choirs and other community groups, creating a Welcoming Guide to provide FirstU's teams, groups, and committees with guidance on furthering their inclusivity, and inviting Branch Out Theatre to present their workshops at FirstU.
Interested in making our church more accessible, physically and socially? Want to learn more about our Embracing Diversity Committee?Email Tara P!
The words "No More! KYRIARCHY" are emblazoned across a white field, while the names of various Isms are written out in pastel colours in the background. The image includes this description: "A 10-workshop program created to support Unitarian Universalists in understanding and uprooting oppressive 'isms' in our communities and in ourselves. Every 1st & 3rd Monday, 5-60:30pm EST, January 18 to June 7, 2021." The whole poster is framed in turquoise.
Poster reads: "Welcome! Workshop: "Beyond Tolerance: Creating Safer Spaces". Learn about unconscious biases, power & privilege, language, & more. Sunday Nov 24th". It features the Embracing Diversity Committee logo - an old fashioned rainbow flag with a cluster of stylized human figures, with skin in various shades of brown and beige, standing in front of the flag. The whole poster is framed in dark blue.
Check out our forum on anti-racism, featuring Councilor Rawlson King: