Today is designated as National Coming Out Day for the LGBTQ community. Here at Hope United Church of Christ, we are an Open and Affirming Church, welcoming all people. We may not do this perfectly, but we strive to do so.
Here is our Welcoming Covenant, which was adopted overwhelming by the congregation in 2016:
As a congregation within the United Church of Christ that is Open and Affirming, Hope United Church of Christ seeks to spread the message of God’s abiding love and extravagant welcome, so no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. We commit ourselves to honor and warmly welcome EVERYONE: people of any race, ethnicity, creed, economic or social status, age, gender, marital status, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, faith background, religious training and family structure; striving to create an environment of purposeful inclusion, where all can feel safe, valued, respected and nurtured.
Simply put: Jesus accepted and affirmed ALL people. So do we!
To those who are looking for a church who is welcoming and affirming of all, Hope UCC is the place to come and discover that God loves you just as you are … no matter what.