We Are An Open and Affirming Church
Open and Affirming (ONA) is a specific designation of the United Church of Christ for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC that have made a public covenant, and declaration of welcome into their full life and ministry, to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
This designation reflects "a history of faithful witness for LGBT rights" within the UCC, including the Open and Affirming action of the General Synod (1985) and the Transgender action of the General Synod (2003). It bespeaks a spirit of hospitality, a commitment to full inclusion and human rights, and a willingness to live out that welcome in meaningful ways.
Our faith teaches us that God’s love, Christ’s church, and the Spirit’s power are for all people, regardless of color, age, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status or ability.
The message of ONA is that sexuality is a good gift of our Creator, as is its responsible, loving expression. Every congregation, campus ministry, or other UCC setting that adds its name and commitment to the ONA movement helps to counter the widespread perception that Christians think being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is wrong or sinful.
As the list of churches and other bodies which affirm this belief and statement grows, so does the proclamation of God’s wondrous, inclusive love!
Cedar Hills United Church of Christ
Open and Affirming Statement
(Adopted June 2005)
We the members of Cedar Hills United Church of Christ are a diverse group of people who know the joy of acceptance and affirmation by God and by one another. We are of different ages, educational levels, races, abilities, and sexual orientations. Because we recognize Jesus' welcoming love of all, and because people of differing sexual orientations are often alienated from church and society, we affirm that every child of God is embraced within our community, and is welcomed and encouraged to share in the life, liturgy and leadership of our congregation.