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> ===History===
> By DouglasFevens
> You were wondering a while back about how come the UUCH supported our community's struggle early on here in Halifax. I researched all the Church newsletters (UU and You) and the vestry minutes from 1970-1975; Reverend Frederick Gillis was our minister at the time.
> The early editions of the "About Your Sexuality" education kits were by no means perfect but were soon replaced and evolved into a respected source of information about homosexuality. (See
: https://aleph1.novanet.ca/F/TRM1I9DA6J771BSI8QUAR5N6YRCBCJCEGC1B79FKXFIFIKM5A2-02148?func=full-set-set&set_number=002461&set_entry=000003&format=999)
> A few of our congregation worked to see the Metro Area Family Planning Association come into existence
, and Rev. Gillis was vice-president for (I think) two years. The Association was the first of its kind in Nova Scotia. At that time the Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax was a member congregation of both the Canadian Unitarian Council and the Unitarian Universalist Association in the United States, which has a time line found here https://www.uua.org/lgbtq/witness/policy/timeline for our LGBTQ history.
> When our Vestry ok'ed the use of our Church by the Gay Alliance for Equality on 1972
-10-24 I don't think it was a controversial decision for them.
> Here are some documents from that era:
> * 2018-06-26: documents still being processed
> * 4th Estate, a Halifax weekly


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A church which has been welcoming to the LGBT community since before most would even mention the words.

Events At This Space

Unitarian Universalist congregations covenant to affirm and promote a number of principles, among which are: the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity and compassion in human relations; acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. Following these principles, UU churches have led the way in promoting acceptance of GLBT people, including providing Services of Union long before same-sex marriage became legal (and being part of the fight to legalize those marriages).

The Halifax church became an officially Welcoming Congregation in 2005, but has long been a friend to our community as a safe space to hold events, taking part in the Pride Parade, holding Services of Union, etc.

We have lay chaplains who perform rites of passage (child dedications, memorial services,weddings, funerals) for people who wish to design such services as they see fit. We'll work with you on creating a fabulous wedding ceremony! Call 429-5500 and ask for more information.

History

By DouglasFevens?

You were wondering a while back about how come the UUCH supported our community's struggle early on here in Halifax. I researched all the Church newsletters (UU and You) and the vestry minutes from 1970-1975; Reverend Frederick Gillis was our minister at the time.

The early editions of the "About Your Sexuality" education kits were by no means perfect but were soon replaced and evolved into a respected source of information about homosexuality. (See: https://aleph1.novanet.ca/F/TRM1I9DA6J771BSI8QUAR5N6YRCBCJCEGC1B79FKXFIFIKM5A2-02148?func=full-set-set&set_number=002461&set_entry=000003&format=999)

A few of our congregation worked to see the Metro Area Family Planning Association come into existence, and Rev. Gillis was vice-president for (I think) two years. The Association was the first of its kind in Nova Scotia. At that time the Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax was a member congregation of both the Canadian Unitarian Council and the Unitarian Universalist Association in the United States, which has a time line found here https://www.uua.org/lgbtq/witness/policy/timeline for our LGBTQ history.

When our Vestry ok'ed the use of our Church by the Gay Alliance for Equality on October 24, 1972 I don't think it was a controversial decision for them.

Here are some documents from that era:

Footnotes:

1. Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax MG4 Volume 346 #3. Thanks to Doug Fevens of the UU Church for the research.
2. GaeGala Newsletter Vol 1, #1