Open and Affirming Statement Updated January 2022
1985 - UCC passes a resolution calling on United Church of Christ Congregations to declare themselves Open and Affirming. For more information on the history please visit UCC Open and Affirming History.
1995 - Community UCC went through the process to become an Open and Affirming church. At that time we declared that “We welcome all individuals and families be they lesbian, gay, bisexual, heterosexual; single parent and couples, nuclear and blended, extended, step and/or same sex parents…”
2010 - After 15 years of life and change, the process was revisited to educate ourselves about more people in the community, their needs and gifts and how to help them feel truly welcome in our church. This is from the 2010 document, “in a perfect world, we could just say “Everyone is welcome!” and that should take care of it, but in our society there are still churches that single out certain people who are not really welcome if they turn up.” The statement update in 2010 was about being seen, being named and welcomed.
2022 - Over the last 18 months, since the zoom cyber attack that was perpetrated against our beloved LGBTQ community during our Pride Sunday celebration on June 28, 2020, a work group has been reviewing and discerning updates to our ONA Statement. A healing circle, amongst other efforts, was convened after the attack and was facilitated by The Reverend Nicole Garcia. From that work, it was identified that while CUCC was an Open and Affirming Congregation (1995 with an update in 2010), we were several decades away from the original process and many of our members had either forgotten or were unaware of what the ONA designation meant; even locating the current statement required significant sleuthing.
This is about being seen, being named and extending an extravagant welcome by demonstrating through our actions, words and deeds that you are indeed welcome here.
CUCC Open and Affirming Statement 2022
Update approved January 23, 2022 at the CUCC Annual Meeting
At Community United Church of Christ, you are loved. Others may think you are not worthy of that love, but God put you here as you are. While others claiming to be people of faith have told you that how you identify or whom you love makes you a sinner, or an affront to God, we at Community United Church of Christ unwaveringly believe that God loves you just as you are and that God's love is why we are open and affirming!
As an Open and Affirming congregation, Community United Church of Christ:
§ Welcomes all individuals: lesbian, gay, bisexual, heterosexual, queer or questioning, cisgender, asexual, pansexual, transgender, intersex, binary, non-binary, gender fluid, gender-queer, bigender, grayscale, cross dressers, third-gender, and sexual and gender identities yet to be known, named or belonging to other cultures.
§ Welcomes all families: single parents, single people, couples, nuclear and blended families, families without children, extended and chosen families, polyamorous families, and families yet to be known or named.
§ And, perhaps most importantly, we welcome all questions: questions about gender, questions about sexuality, questions about identity and how identity influences our lives and communities. We welcome questions about the families we have and want, questions about what family means and how we create family.
No matter who you or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.