A Welcoming Congregation is a religious community that welcomes and accepts people who are bisexual, gay, lesbian, or transgender; that strives to be a safe and affirming environment for those among us who are bisexual, gay, lesbian, or transgender; that ensures all areas of congregational life are open and inclusive; and that commits itself to work for the rights and dignity of bisexual, gay, lesbian, or transgender people in the larger community.
FUSS (First Unitarian Society of Schenectady) was recognized as a Welcoming Congregation by the UUA in 1992. As of 2009, we are one of 653 Welcoming Congregations listed by the UUA. The Unitarian Universalist Association supports the community with its Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Concerns.
On Sunday, February 12, 2012, Marta Ozisik was honored with the Standing On the Side of Love Award, recognizing her work in the LBGTQ community, including Marriage Equality, making flags and banners visible everywhere, Gay Pride parade representation, introducing the Trevor Project at FUSS, and much more. FUSS is proud of our Standing on the Side of Love efforts, and Marta has been an inspiration for us all.
On Saturday, October 16, 2010, a sizable delegation from FUSS played a significant role in the successful Third Annual Marriage Equality New York Capital Region Wedding March in Troy. The Troy Record published this report on the activity.
In honor of the Capital District Gay & Lesbian Community Council Capital Pride Event, June 1 to June 13, 2010, FUSS is proud to be one of the 40 Rainbow Flag sites to help celebrate CDGLCC's 40th anniversary.
Service2Service Sunday 2011: The Welcoming Congregation Committee celebrates the Standing on the Side of Love postcard writing campaign to State Legislators in Albany advocating Marriage Equality for all New Yorkers.