FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
OPEN AND AFFIRMING PROCLAMATION
As faithful followers of the All loving and inclusive God, the First Congregational United Church of Christ declares itself to be Open and Affirming. We covenant with one another to affirm and welcome into full participation members and staff of every sexual orientation (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual) just as we extend the same loving affirmation and welcome to people of every age, race, gender, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, and marital and economic status.
We affirm the gifts for ministry of all God’s children and will not be silent when the rights and dignity of any are denied. We seek to be an inclusive community of faith that will nurture, strengthen and hold each other in prayer, embrace our differences, support one another during difficult times, and together celebrate our joys. We will encourage respect, justice and compassion for all as we strive for unity in our communities and throughout the world.