First Parish Church of Groton became a Welcoming Congregation by a congregational vote on Sunday, October 28, 2001.
The Welcoming Congregation Team of First Parish Church of Groton was formed in January 1999 for the purpose of assisting our congregation to become more inclusive and welcoming in its membership. The WC team followed the UUA Board of Trustees recommended program that leads to a church membership vote on whether or not to become a Welcoming Congregation.
The Unitarian Universalist Association's Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns provides a comprehensive manual for following the Welcoming Congregation Program. Our Welcoming Congregation Team used this manual, as well as the UUA's list of action steps, as guidelines.
On Sunday, October 28, 2001 a large turnout of church members
overwhelmingly approved the two warrant articles. A unanimous vote
approved Article 1, the non-discrimination amendment to the by-laws,
and 95% vote approved Article 2, the Welcoming Congregation position
statement. We applied to UUA for official status and this was granted
on November 29, 2001.