Open and Affirming Covenant
Adopted June 23, 2019
We, the First Congregational Church of Cheshire, United Church of Christ, believe that all people are created in God’s image and are blessed and loved equally by God, and we believe that love is a unifying and strengthening force within our Christian faith. We seek to proclaim Christ’s selfless and unconditional love in what we teach and in how we live together in our congregation and our community. We declare ourselves an open and affirming Christian community, actively expressing Jesus’ inclusive embrace of all people. Trusting in God’s grace and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we commend ourselves to strive to fulfill this affirmation.
Therefore, we welcome all who seek to follow Jesus, including persons of every age, gender, race, national origin, faith background, marital status and family structure, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical ability, economic and social status, and educational background, to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, blessings and joys of our church family. You are our neighbor and are welcome to be part of this loving community of faith.
Frequently asked questions
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.In 1997, The Coalition changed its name from the “United Church Coalition for Lesbian/Gay Concerns” to “The United Church of Christ Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns.” This was done to intentionally and publicly announce our commitment to the inclusion of all persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.To add a new question go to app settings and press "Manage Questions" button.
Why is "ONA" used for Open and Affirming?
“ONA” is the “caps” version of “O ‘n A” (as in “salt ‘n pepper”). The Open and Affirming Ministries in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) use “O&A” to identify their welcoming congregations