A spiritual community actively working toward ending oppression based on sexual orientation and gender identity, recognizing that we will not be free until all oppression is a thing of the past. We hold an abiding interest in celebrating diversity and improving the well-being of our world, ourselves, and all around us. We are an affiliate organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles guide our work. By providing and supporting leadership and working in collaboration with other organizations of similar vision, we strive to connect and nurture all Queer individuals, communities, and groups and their allies.
You can read ourMission/Visionstatement.
Interweave Continental was founded in the early 1970s and has a rich history.
We are led by a volunteer Board who covenant together to run the organization according to the Interweave bylaws.
Interweave Continental is a membership-based organization. Membership has many benefits. You can join Interweave Continental in one of two ways: as an individual member or as part of an Interweave Chapter.
Interweave sponsors three email discussion lists through the UUA: general discusson, bisexuality concerns, and support for chapter leaders. Anyone can sign up to join the general and bi lists; if you want to join the chapter leaders list, you'll have to be approved by the moderators (don't worry; if you're part of a chapter or interested in starting one, we'll approve you—being moderated simply keeps the focus on chapters). Click on a list name to join!
For a list of all UUA-sponsored lists (you may find a few more to your liking!) or to participate inone of our community discussions please visit our forums.
Each year, we hold an Interweave Convocation that brings together folks from around the continent. Convo features a keynote address, workshops, small group discussions, worship services, and plenty of time to network and learn from one another. Interweave also has events at General Assembly, including a dinner and workshops. Our sermon contest winner gives their winning sermon, and we present the Mark deWolfe Award to a UU who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to improving life for queer folk. Get more detail on the upcoming Convo and GA on our Interweave Continental Events page.
Interweave Continental has a Facebook page! If you're on Facebook too and would like to add us, you will be able to connect with other Interweave supporters and get news about Interweave activities and upcoming events.
Living Openly in Your Place of Worship [PDF 600KB]* from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is an excellent resource for considering whether or not to come out, what to do if you can't come out, and how to come out if you decide to. It has an excellent list of queer-friendly resources specifically for Unitarian Universalists, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Mennonites, Brethren, United Methodists, Presbyterians, Cathoics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, and other Christians.
Some of these sites have inspirational quotes, sermons, recordings, and pointers to other resources for spiritual growth and celebration. Some of these sites have information on Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist ideas, thought, and what is being done on various fronts.
Interweave Continental respects the cultural differences between Canada and the US, and between the Canadian Unitarian Counsel / Conseil Unitarien du Canada (CUC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
We often honor these cultural differences by using phrases like "Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist" when referring to people or congregations across both denominations or in the ICUU.
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