Open and Affirming Update

Call to Special Meeting

A Special Meeting of the First United Church of Christ, Congregational, in Milford, Connecticut will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019 in the Sanctuary of the church at 11:30am following the service for the purpose of voting on a motion to adopt the Open and Affirming Covenant as presented by the Church Board.

Open and Affirming Covenant

We the First United Church of Christ, Congregational, in Milford, Connecticut believe all people are created in God’s own image, infinite in diversity, and one in the body of Christ.  God bestows full humanity to all people, and all are uniquely and completely loved by God.  No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming Congregation, welcoming and affirming people of any age, cognitive or physical ability, culture, ethnicity, family structure, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, nationality, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic standing, or spiritual tradition — no exceptions, no exclusions.

We covenant, one with another, to extend an extravagant welcome to all to participate fully in the life of our church — its worship, sacraments and blessings, its leadership, stewardship and fellowship, its mission and its ministries.

We promise to follow in the ways of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who said to us, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you” (John 13:34).

We commit, through this covenant, to help end ignorance, fear, prejudice, and discrimination.  Moved by the Spirit and relying on God’s grace, we vow to promote understanding, equality and love — in this congregation and in the world.

God is still speaking,

Upcoming Sharing Sessions

Below is a list of upcoming Open and Affirming Sharing Sessions being held, so that members of the congregation can ask questions about the Covenant and continue to share their joys and concerns about becoming an official Open and Affirming Congregation.

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 12:30 PM - Fellowship Hall
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019  - 11:30 AM - Church Library
  • Monday, June 3, 2019 - 7:00 PM - Fellowship Hall

The Open and Affirming Process at First Church

The "formal" Open and Affirming (ONA) process at First Church began in 2017 as an "ONA Core Team" formed by the Diaconate in response to an earlier congregational survey. The team used a Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit and other resources to prepare for the discernment process.  In March 2018, the Church Board voted to expand the core team into an "official" sub-committee of the Board. This Open and Affirming Sub-Committee was commissioned to facilitate the discernment process whereby the Congregation ... [ more ]

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