Open and Affirming Statement

We, the members of The First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Columbus, Ohio, believe the following statement represents our commitment and desire to reach out and welcome those in need of and searching for God’s love:

We believe we are all created in God’s image, female and male, and we are called to love our neighbors as Jesus loves us. We believe we are many members, but one body in Christ, and called to unite all people in God’s love. We welcome and affirm all people. We invite those who are seeking God’s presence in their lives to join us in our common journey. Our faith community seeks to unite persons of all ages, races, nationalities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, mental and physical abilities, socioeconomic levels, and political and theological backgrounds. Together in our diversity, and being empowered and directed by the Holy Spirit, we will "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God" (Micah 6:8)

This statement was adopted by the congregation September 8, 2002.

The below video is the first installment of a two-part sermon series on homosexuality (February 2012).
View additional video recorded sermons on our Vimeo Channel.

"The greatest sign of a healthy church in the 21 century is our unconditional welcome of all people. First Church is a healthy church. We welcome everyone “no matter who they are or where they are on life’s journey.” Unfortunately, in too many places in the Christian communion across the globe, there is an unhealthy truth - gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender persons…
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