Rainbow Flag

We know that religious spaces haven’t always been welcoming places for all people, especially when it comes to gender and sexuality. We are out to change that.

New Hope has worked hard to make sure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are full members of our faith community. Being welcoming means striving for inclusion, and creating spaces that honor every part of our identities, backgrounds, and experiences.

We practice welcome in our congregations by:

  • Promoting inclusivity and using inclusive language
  • Creating welcoming spaces, including gender neutral bathrooms
  • Saying our welcome out loud and in print and online
  • Building our welcoming skills as congregational leaders and greeters
  • Deepening our understanding of identities that differ from our own
  • Preventing discrimination in the process of hiring a minister
  • Engaging in justice ministry in our communities and the wider world


We say our welcome out loud with our Rainbow Flag!

Unfortunately many Unitarian Universalist congregations have been targeted for flying this symbol of LGBT pride.  We've had our flag stolen many times since it was first flown in 2013.  

  • Our story has been told in the local news paper:  link to article 
  • Our congregation leaders also appeared on a local news channel:  link to video

We'll continue to be a welcoming congregation, and that includes flying our Rainbow Flag.



Material adopted from UUA Welcoming Congregation Website