April 16, 2001
Churches should bring compassion, diversity and justice to community
I want to express my appreciation for the good article Jeanette Knutson wrote about the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church (Vision + Action = New Church Home, March 11). It accurately reflected who we are and what we are about, and I have received several compliments from people both within my church and other churches. One concern was raised by some members of the Northshore United Church of Christ from whom we rent. Since my comments about their church's hospitality was immediately followed by my comment that our church "is a values-based community, not a belief-based community" and seeks to be fully welcoming to gay and lesbian people, it was interpreted by some that their church is not. In fact, their congregation has gone through their denominational process to attain the "welcoming and affirming" designation - and they are also fully welcoming of people regardless of sexual orientation.
I am happy to report that the Woodinville UU Church has also undergone a similar process, and just this past Sunday, even though we are a predominately straight congregation, unanimously voted to be recognized as a "welcoming congregation to gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender persons." It is my hope that our churches shall deepen the values of compassion, diversity and justice within our community.
Rev. Alan Taylor, Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church