In November, in the article “Congregations Welcome Transgender People,” the UU World reported on welcoming experiences many transgender people have in Unitarian Universalist congregations.
The article included a discussion of Rev. Sean Parker Dennison’s experience being called as the minister of the South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Salt Lake City, Utah. John C. Hilke, co-president of the congregation, is quoted as saying, “Calling Sean as minister helped get our message out that we are an intentionally diverse congregation. … We wanted someone who would be a good speaker, who would do all the things a minister is supposed to do. As far as I know gender was beside the point. This is consistent with the way the congregation has been positioning itself for some time. This is all positive for us.”