We are an Open & Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ.
Open and Affirming is the way many in the United Church of Christ (UCC) declare welcome and inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), same gender loving (SGL) persons into the full life and ministry of the church.
The message of love and compassion, justice and peace are at the very core of the life and ministry of Jesus. Open and Affirming (ONA) ministries and resources are rooted in that Gospel message. The testimonies of these ministries proclaim the truth of God's power to transform cultures of hate and violence into communities of healing and reconciliation. They give witness to God's continuing testament and how the gifts of God are being liberated for service in the world.
The first national UCC body to affirm civil rights for LGBT people did so in 1969.
In 1972, the UCC ordained the first openly gay person into ministry, the Rev. William R. Johnson.
In 1985, the UCC's General Synod declared itself to be "open and affirming" and called upon all settings of the church to become similarly poised to welcome LGBT persons as full members of the church.
Although not everyone in the UCC is of the same mind concerning human sexuality, the Open and Affirming movement for full inclusion of LGBT persons continues to spread throughout all aspects of our denomination's life and witness. There are now more than 1,000 ONA churches and increasingly, the values that shape the ministry and witness of UCC are: