The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 12, 2013

People, not a behavior

The Daily Item

— We were saddened to read yet another letter to the editor about the “fine points” of why homosexuality is a sin. Claims of other religions and their leaders that purport to “know it all” about GLBT issues and religion and even the Bible should know that their claims do not hold up to scholarship or scrutiny.

We wanted to let the real human beings that this affects and who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) know that we understand how hurtful these letters can be, especially around holiday time when GLBT people are reminded that not only religious tradition, but their families may have rejected them.

We also would like GLBT people to know that not all religious traditions reject them nor their lives and how they choose to live them as GLBT people. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Susquehanna Valley (UUCSV) is just such a tradition. Our roots in the United States go back to Joseph Priestley who came here to escape religious persecution for his Unitarian beliefs. We’re here to welcome people and particularly to welcome them home for the holidays. If you no longer know where home is, GLBT or anyone for that matter, here we are. Find out more at

Carl Askew, Board member UUCSV

Robert Roush, Communications Chair, UUCSV