Interweave began in the early 1970s as “Unitarian Universalists for Gay Concerns,” a grassroots support network for sexual minority lay people and clergy in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
We advocated sucessfully for a UUA “Office of Gay Affairs” (now the Office of LGBTQ Ministries) in 1973 and for the Office’s funding in 1975.
Interweave held its first Convocation in 1983, with workshops and speakers chosen to raise awareness of gay and lesbian issues.
We adopted the name “Interweave Continental: Unitarian Universalists for Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Concerns” in 1993 and merged with the UU Bisexual Network to emphasize our commitment to inclusion for all identity groups and to encourage individual and chapter memberships.
We resolved in 1994 to address institutional racism by outreach to people of color, and in 1999 we became the first UUA Affiliate Organization to begin the Journey Toward Wholeness anti-racism process.
Interweave became a stakeholder in the Consultation on Ministry to and with Youth in 2006, and we continue to work with youth and young adults to improve our services to and connection with younger generations.
Interweave promotes interfaith dialogue through participation in the National Religious Leadership Roundtable, Equal Partners in Faith, and other multi-faith organizations.
We remain dedicated to becoming an anti-racist, multicultural organization working to end all forms of oppression within the UUA and society at large.