Welcoming Congregation

Welcoming Congregation Program

In June 2006 Westwood became certified as a Welcoming Congregation, which means we have completed the Welcoming Congregation curriculum from the Unitarian Universalist Association and have passed a congregational vote to affirm that we welcome the membership and active participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender queer and/or 2 spirited people and all others in the diverse rainbow spectrum.*

For more information about the Welcoming Congregation program, see the Canadian Unitarian Council web page on the Welcoming Congregations Program

*Language updated to reflect current usage (2019)

Ongoing Affirmation

Westwood has undertaken activities such as worship services and workshops to increase our understanding of the LGBTQ2S+ community and to make the congregation a welcoming place. Unitarians have long supported the LGBTQ2S+ community and their fight for equal human rights. Historically, the church has provided celebrations of union for many years before same sex marriage was a possibility.

Every year, Westwood takes part in Edmonton’s Pride Parade. On Saturday, June 13th 2009, we carried one piece – 125 feet – of the Pride Rainbow Project banner.

Westwood supports Camp fYrefly youth camp.

Unitarian Universalist Association

This Welcoming Congregation requests
the Honour of your Presence in Celebration of

Your Marriage to Your Beloved

On a date most appropriate in the year Two thousand and ??
In the Sanctuary of Westwood Unitarian Congregation
(Or the location of your choice)

R.S.V.P. 780-434-5819 and see our information on wedding ceremonies!

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