The United Church of Christ
We are a congregation of the United Church of Christ.
The United Church of Christ is a church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. We were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement. Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.
We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive. We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul. We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.
An Open and Affirming Congregation
We are an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.
At its narrowest, Open and Affirming congregations are part of a network of churches that welcome people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ). As with all things in the United Church of Christ, of course, each congregation defines and describes its own status as an Open and Affirming Church. At First Congregational United Church of Christ, we put it this way:
We the people of First Congregational United Church of Christ declare ourselves to be an inclusive and nurturing community of faith. With God’s grace, we seek to be a congregation that embraces differences of race, ethnicity, culture, faith, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital and family status, age, and ability. We celebrate and welcome all to share equally in the life of our church family.
Our sacraments and rites—including baptism, confirmation, communion, and marriage—are open to everyone, including LGBTQ people. So is our community. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.
Our Identity and Purpose
First Congregational United Church of Christ is a Christian community that invites all people, no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey,
to worship the God who we encounter in our Lord Jesus Christ;
to participate in a community that welcomes and celebrates all people, while calling each of us toward greater wholeness in God;
to serve one another, the wider community, and the world with our time, talent, and treasure; and
to grow together in Christian faith and towards the kingdom that God has prepared for us.
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