United Church of Chapel Hill Open and Affirming since 1993

 At United Church of Chapel Hill, we celebrate 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 and gender identity as part of God’s creation.

 We are a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The United Church of Christ was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions: from the beginning of our history, we were a church that affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always have to be in complete agreement to live together in communion.

Our motto – “that they may all be one” – is Jesus’ prayer for the unity of the church.

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.

 

United Church of Chapel Hill Open and Affirming since 1993

 At United Church of Chapel Hill, we celebrate 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 and gender identity as part of God’s creation.

 We are a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The United Church of Christ was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions: from the beginning of our history, we were a church that affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always have to be in complete agreement to live together in communion.

Our motto – “that they may all be one” – is Jesus’ prayer for the unity of the church.

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.

 

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars! UCCH's Open and Affirming Ministry (ONA) is partnering with local community leaders to host a virtual panel event during Durham’s Pride weekend on Sunday, September 27 – see details below:

A Call to Openness and Affirmation: Panel Discussion with LGBTQ+ Faith Leaders

Date: September 27 (Sunday)

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (includes 15 min Q&A at the end)

Please contact Marcus Layer or Louise Turrentine for the Zoom link.

Panelists include: • HL Holder-Brown of Jubilee Baptist Church (Chapel Hill, NC) • Rev. Amanda Kerr of St. Paul’s Christian Church (Raleigh, NC) • Rev. Ian McPherson of United Church of Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) • Rev. Chalice Overy of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church (Raleigh, NC) • Rev. Caleb Tabor of Episcopal Campus and Young Adult Ministries (Raleigh, NC) • Rev. Erica Williams of Greenleaf Christian Church (Goldsboro, NC) and Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival