Open and Affirming (ONA) is an official designation of congregations and other settings in the United Church of Christ (UCC) affirming the full inclusion of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons (LGBT) in the church's life and ministry. In 2012-13, FCC undertook a discernment process to consider becoming an ONA church. Out of its deliberations came the following Open and Affirming Statement which was approved at the Annual Meeting on January 27, 2013:
Mindful of scripture and our mission to be a caring community, we acknowledge, accept and affirm that all people are equal children of God and that we welcome into the worship, work and fellowship of this congregation all people.
- People of every race and mixture of races.
- People of every ethnic background and nationality.
- People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight.
- People in any economic situation.
- People, regardless of physical or mental prowess or limitation.
Trusting in God’s grace and with the hope of guidance from the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to strive to fulfill this affirmation.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
“There is no longer Jew or Greek,
there is no longer slave or free,
there is no longer male or female;
for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”
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