Open & Affirming: LGBTQA
We, the members of Journey United Church of Christ, declare ourselves to be an “Open and Affirming” faith community. We seek to be a community which welcomes all persons of every race, language, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, economic or marital status and faith background. We acknowledge the history of the institutional church in condemning and excluding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered person, and in condoning such discrimination by its silence. We commit ourselves to work diligently to end such oppression and discrimination following the model of our God.
“Open and Affirming” (ONA) is the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Journey has been “Open and Affirming” since their birth.
What does “Open and Affirming” (ONA) mean?
“Open and Affirming” (ONA) is a movement of more than 1,100 churches that welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members. More than 275,000 members of the United Church of Christ belong to ONA churches—and our movement is growing.
After a time of study, dialogue and prayer, churches adopt an ONA “covenant” committing their members to welcome LGBT seekers, support their relationships, and advocate for their basic rights. ONA churches take seriously the Bible’s admonition to “accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7, NIV)