Open and Affirming
United Church of Chapel Hill Open and Affirming since 1993
The General Synod of the United Church of Christ adopted a resolution in 1985, calling on local UCC congregations to declare themselves "open & affirming" in matters of sexual orientation. Responding to this call, our congregation adopted the following statement on June 6, 1993 after two years of prayerful discussions:
In Christ we are one.
In God we are a welcoming family, acknowledging God's affirmation of all through the covenant of baptism; celebrating our uniqueness as individuals and our common humanity; seeking to heal the brokenness of Christ's body by claiming and loving each part.
With confidence in Christ, we step forward to affirm people of diverse sexual orientation as part of God's creation.
We invite all persons to journey with us in fellowship for we may not in faith set anyone aside. We are not whole unto ourselves.
For more information on Open and Affirming, visit the UCC ONA Frequently Asked Questions page.