Open and Affirming
What does “Open and Affirming” (ONA) mean?
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
Where do I park? Is your building accessible?
Most of the parking is behind the church, though you are also welcome to park in the front on Church Drive. We have a large parking lot with ample spaces designated for people with disabilities or exceptional mobility needs. Most of our church building is accessible. The Sanctuary, Chapel, Parlor, Church Offices, Library and Parish Hall are all wheelchair accessible via ramps. The gender-neutral restrooms in the Parish Hall are ADA compliant. Unfortunately, most of our Church School classrooms are not easily accessible, but if we know you’re coming, we’ll do our best to make you welcome!
What is the background of ONA in the UCC?
Were these resolutions the first to affirm people in regard to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression?
Where can I learn more about ONA and the UCC?
Open and Affirming Covenant of the First Congregational Church of Cheshire
- Adopted 06/23/2019
“Love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength,
with all our mind; and our neighbor as ourselves.” Luke 10:25-28.
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.