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Welcoming Congregation Questionnaire

Dear Friends,

The Welcoming Congregation program has been developed and refined by the UUA over the past 10 years. Its purpose is to reduce prejudice by increasing understanding and acceptance among people of different sexual orientations. The Welcoming Congregation program is a first step in exploring the many "isms" we need to address in order to be truly open to the wealth of diversity in our world and to put an end to exclusion. Only then will we completely affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

Your Welcoming Congregation Task Force is working to design an appropriate set of activities which will result in our officially being recognized as a Welcoming Congregation by the UUA. The current efforts include such things as gathering materials, training the members of the task force, and developing a path forward to involve the congregation as a whole.

 The questionnaire below is suggested by the UUA as a tool to help tailor our activities to our congregation. It is intended to be answered honestly and anonymously. Getting a sense of the feelings and thoughts of our members and friends on these issues will enable us to plan our ongoing activities based on the true needs of our congregation. Please take the time to have each member of your household fill this out either via e-mail using this form or printing it and returning it to the church office. Additional copies are available in the church office.

In Faith
 Your Welcoming Congregation task Force.

Format: When you are offered the opportunity to participate in workshops as part of the welcoming Congregation program, which of the following formats would appeal to you in terms of the timing of the sessions? (Please check all that apply.
Weekends
Retreat type format, where the program would start out on Friday evening, extend through Saturday, and end Sunday
Several Saturday all-day sessions, a week or two apart.
Several Saturday Mornings, a week or two apart.
Several Saturday afternoons, a week or two apart.
Several Sunday afternoons, a week or two apart.
Weekdays
Evenings sessions starting at 5:30
Evening sessions starting at 7:00
Other Suggestions Regarding Format
For the remainder of the questions, please mark the number which most closely describes your response, where 1=yes, 2=somewhat, 3=don't know, 4=probably not, 5=no

1) Would you be uncomfortable learning your neighbor was a....


Gay man?
Lesbian?
Bisexual person? 
Transgender person?
heterosexual?

2) Would you be uncomfortable learning that your best friend was a...

Gay Man
Lesbian
Bisexual person
Transgender person
Heterosexual

3) At a party would you be uncomfortable talking with a...

Gay Man
Lesbian
Bisexual person
Transgender person
Heterosexual

 

4) Would you be uncomfortable in a gay or lesbian bar, restaurant, or business?
5) Would you avoid social events at which...

One gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender person was present?
Some gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender person were present?
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender people were in the majority?
One heterosexual person was present?
Some heterosexual persons were present?
Heterosexuals were the majority?

6) Would you be disappointed if you learned that your child was gay, lesbian, or bisexual?

 

7) Would you be upset to learn that your spouse/partner was attracted to members of...

 his/her own gender?
of another gender?

8) Would you be uncomfortable knowing that your son's male teacher was...

 gay or bisexual
heterosexual?

9) Would you be uncomfortable knowing that your daughter's teacher was...

a lesbian?
heterosexual?

10) Would you be uncomfortable seeing....

two women holding hands
two men holding hands?
a man and a woman holding hands?

11) Would you avoid identifying yourself as a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person?
This question has been added since this is a web based form.
Are you a member or a visitor to our church, or did you surf in from the web?
Thank you for your honesty and your help in this effort.

 

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