Open and Affirming – Welcoming All People – We are ONA church #797
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
Open and Affirming is the designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the United Church of Christ which make public statements of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Our statement reads: “First Congregational Church, UCC, of Anoka is an open and affirming Christian community for all of God’s children. We welcome all individuals and families of any sexual orientation/identity, marital status, race, national origin, socio/economic status, age, mental or physical health and ability, belief or any other element of one’s humanity.”
The ONA statement works together with our mission statement to make clear who we are and that everybody is welcome to join us on the corner of 3rd and Main.
What does “Open and Affirming” (ONA) mean?
Reflecting the Open and Affirming action of the General Synod (1985) and the Transgender action of the General Synod (2003), to say that a setting of the UCC (a local church, campus ministry etc.) is “Open and Affirming” means that it has publicly and specifically declared that those of all “sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions” (or “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender” people) are welcome in its full life and ministry (e.g. membership, leadership, employment, etc.) It bespeaks a spirit of hospitality and a willingness to live out that welcome in meaningful ways.
The Bible and Homosexuality by Rev. Christopher Fazel