Open and Affirming Statement

The greatest sign of a healthy church in the 21st 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…
We, the members of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Columbus, Ohio, welcome and affirm all. We believe we are all created in God’s image and called to love our neighbors as Jesus loves us. We believe we are many members, but one body in Christ, called to unite all people in God’s love. We are a community seeking God’s presence and love in our lives. We seek to unite persons of all ages, races, nationalities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, sexes, gender identities and expressions, family structures, mental, intellectual and physical conditions, economic circumstances, political, theological and faith 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)             
—Adopted September 8, 2002 by the congregation.
Revisions adopted January 27, 2019 by the congregation.
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