ĽOpen & Affirming - What does it mean?
Open and Affirming is the designation for congregations in the United
Church of Christ that have voted to unequivocally welcome gay, lesbian,
bisexual or transgendered people into the life of the congregation to
worship and learn, and in all ways to participate fully in the life and
leadership of the congregation.
We have listened
for Godís call to us and responded with this welcome because we believe
that homosexuality is not a sin. Our faithful study of the Bible, and
our engagement with human experience, reason and Godís continuing
revelation have led us to this commitment. Significant in our guidance
is Martin Lutherís conviction that while the Word of God is in the
Bible, not every word in the Bible is the Word of God.
Our study and
engagement with the substance of the gospel of Jesus guides us, as a
community, in discerning the Word of God in Scripture and in
articulating this welcome to all of Godís children.
For more information:
University Congregational UCC's Open and Affirming