Today is July 28, 2016


The Unitarian commitment to social action is contained in three principles:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all

Action based on these principles starts at home and then spreads outwards.

Sexual and Gender Diversity

In 2007-08, our congregation undertook a series of intensive two-hour workshops, with curriculum provided by the Canadian Unitarian Council, that dealt specifically with raising awareness surrounding the experiences of our lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and queer citizens, usually shortened to LGBTQ. Of course, there are other identities that are within and beyond that acronym. In 2008, the CUC accredited us as a Welcoming Congregation.

Our national organization recognizes, as do we, that what sets us apart from the vast majority of other congregations and faith traditions is our unconditional support and celebration of the LGBTQ community.

Since 2008, we have tried consciously to include, in our Sunday addresses and in our social action activities, a continuing and important involvement in the LGBTQ community.

These are some of our church activities:

  • We hang the rainbow flag in our church, probably the only congregation in the region to do so. And our sign out front has a rainbow stripe on it.
  • We have a Facebook page dedicated to LGBTQ issues.
  • We attend the annual rainbow flag-raising ceremony at city hall with our banner.
  • We participate in Niagara's annual Pride in the Park festival and at the yearly OUTformation Fair.
  • We have donated hundreds of dollars to the My Name Fund, a resource that covers the cost of a legal name change in Ontario for our trans citizens.
  • For many years, this church was known nationally as a leader in supporting and performing same-sex marriages.
  • We host and participate in the annual winter solstice service organized by PFLAG Niagara.
  • We periodically invite LGBTQ advocates and allies to speak at our weekly services.
  • We have marched in the Toronto Pride Parade with other Unitarian congregations from the GTA.
  • We screen movies/documentaries, often with an LGBTQ-centred theme, at our monthly film nights.
  • We maintain a presence at PFLAG Niagara.
  • Many of us as individuals also act as allies to the LGBTQ community.

As a congregation, we must continue to make ourselves visible supporters of the LGBTQ community. In our personal and professional lives, and as members of UCN, we must respectfully call out bigotry when it confronts us. We must be informed and vigilant, because LGBTQ rights can be taken away as easily as they are given. If ever there was a cause to promote and affirm our first principle, the inherent worth and dignity of every person, it is in our support of the sexual- and gender-diverse community.

Other Aspects of the Social Action Web Page are Under Development


Unitarian Congregation of Niagara
We are a welcoming congregation
223 Church Street
Saint Catharines, Ontario L2R 3E8