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LGBTQ - Interweave

Interweave is the support and advocacy group for the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer community (and our straight allies) both within First Church and to the larger community outside our walls.

Location: Center City, Philadelphia, PA
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Latest Activity: Dec 3, 2014

Preserving the inherernt worth and dignity of every person!

Interweave is the support and advocacy group for the LGBTQ community (and our straight allies) both within the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia and to the larger community outside our walls. We strive to be a medium through which LGBT people and their allies can express their concerns, pursue their spiritual development, find beloved community, and work for a more just, inclusive, and equal world.

Our goals are:

  • To serve as a conduit for LGBTQ spiritual growth in our congregation;
  • To act as a support group for LGBTQ members and friends of the Church;
  • To work to make the Congregation more welcoming of LGBTQ visitors, members, and friends, especially those in the Transgender community; and
  • To be a liaison between the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia and the congregation, and network with other local LGBTQ-affirming and welcoming congregations.

The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia has a loving relationship with the LGBTQ community of Philadelphia. We are a certified Welcoming Congregation as of 2004, and in 2007, the church elected Rev. Nate Walker, an openly gay man, to be its minister, and the first openly gay minister in the church's history. Interweave is committed to helping the congregation continue to nourish and build upon this relationship.

We have 5 specific areas in which we are developing programming:

Spiritual programming designed to nourish the spirit and heal spiritual wounds, which may include but not limited to regular Sharing Circles and annual or seasonal retreats;

Social programming designed to build community and to network with each other, which may include but not limited to “speed dating”-like meet and greets, hikes, picnics, and a mixer event;

Educational programming designed to educate ourselves, the congregation, and the greater Philadelphia community about LGBTQ issues, which may include a book group, film screening, and Adult Religious Education courses;

Outreach initiatives, which are two-fold in scope. 1.) Within the congregation: We have a table at coffee hour after Sunday services to meet with interested members and visitors. We also hope to conduct a survey to gauge the way LGBTQ members, friends, and regular visitors have been received and help the congregation widen its welcome by organizing a refresher course on being a Welcoming Congregation. 2.) Outside the church: We wish to network and minister to the LGBTQ community of greater Philadelphia by building relationships with other affirming and welcoming congregations, being present at local pride events, and inviting local LGBTQ groups to visit our church.

Service programs which will help us to put our principles into action by helping to those in need. This may include working with the Black and Pink program, which is a pen-pal service for members of the LGBTQ community who are incarcerated.

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Comment Wall

Comment by Former Settled Minister on August 4, 2010 at 9:11pm

Comment by LLOYD SOLIS on August 16, 2010 at 10:44pm
Thank you so much.This is a very beautiful group where hope springs eternal...
Comment by Ranwa Hammamy on October 18, 2010 at 12:15pm
For those who are interested:

UPenn is holding a vigil tonight on the College Green at 8pm called "Night to Live." It is a combined effort across multiple campuses state-wide, with the hope of mobilizing support from all corners of the community. Hope some of you can make it!
Comment by Former Settled Minister on November 6, 2010 at 1:18pm
A must read: "Gay Marriage, Real Life: Ten Stories of Love and Family" by Michelle Bates Deakin.


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