LGBTQIA+ Affirmation

Giving

“For everyone born, a place at the table.”

A safe, welcoming and affirming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual and other sexually or gender diverse people (LGBTIQA+)

St Michael’s Uniting Church is a place where everyone is welcome, where the diversity of the human community is celebrated – race, sex, creed, age, nationality, cultural background, ability and disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.

LGBTIQA+ people participate in all aspects of the church’s life, including serving in lay and ordained leadership roles. We are committed to social justice to reduce stigma and discrimination and improve the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people in both religious and secular settings.

St Michael’s wedding minister celebrates the marriages of same-gender and gender diverse couples according to the rites of the Uniting Church.

Open and Affirming

St Michael’s is in the process of being recognised as an Open and Affirming congregation for LGBTQIA+ people by the Uniting Network Australia, the national network for LGBTQIA+ people, families, friends and supporters within the Uniting Church in Australia.

We still have a way to go on this journey, but so far we have:

  • Provided educational opportunities the Church Council and Congregation to raise awareness of the experiences for education of the congregation on LGBTQIA+ experiences
  • Developed a co-design process to make our welcome and affirmation of the LGBTIQA+ community more visible. We are in the process of implementing these changes.
  • Uniting Network Open and Affirming Project resources – click here.

midsumma festival 2023

St Michael’s is participating in the2023 midsumma festival program. On Sunday 29 January the theme of our 10am Gathering will be – Celebrating Queer Spirit – Justice and Joy!

The service will include inspiring liturgy and beautiful music that honours the spirituality and resistance of queer people of faith. Led by St Michael’s lesbian minister, Rev Dr Margaret Mayman, with St Michael’s members and friends. Featuring The Consort of Melbourne LGBTIQA+ choir, singing selections from their Midsumma 2023 ‘Homophonic!’ repertoire.