Among options listed in question 63, “Please indicate whether you have experienced any of the following things in any UU congregation(s) or UU space(s),” I had to indicate truthfully that within the past 12 months (and specifically in the local UU congregation), I was:
- Unable to participate fully in worship due to ability/disability.
- Unable to participate fully in areas of congregational life and activity due to ability/disability.
- Felt invisible because of an ability/disability, as though I did not exist.
- Experienced microaggressions such as unintended slights and unconscious ableist or discriminatory language.
Specifically, I felt marginalized by the requirement that people stand in a line to share their joys and concerns.
I walk with a cane and prolonged standing is difficult for me, which limits my ability to fully participate in this congregation’s services.
In my email, I emphasized, I am not attacking the congregation but instead am letting it know of an area for improvement. I believed the congregation would want to know about these barriers so that they can be corrected.