The Open & Affirming
At our Annual Meeting on November 7, 2010, the Gilead Church voted to become an Open & Affirming Congregation. In the broadest sense, this means that we want to extend the extravagant welcome of Jesus to everyone. More specifically, in the culture we live in today, we want people who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgendered to know that they will receive a welcome at the Gilead Church.
We, the members of the Gilead Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, believe all people are created in God's image. We take seriously the command Jesus teaches us, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." (Luke 10:27). We also seek to live out Paul's admonition to the Church that "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28)
Seeking to follow this command as well as establishing our unity in Christ, we invite and welcome into our community of faith persons of every gender, race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical and mental ability, educational background, nationality, economic and social status, faith background, marital standing and family structure.
In this community of faith, all people are encouraged to participate and share their talents and energy in worship and sacraments, leadership positions, learning, service, mission and fellowship as we seek to grow together in faith and love and be witnesses in our community and world of Jesus’ inclusive love.
Therefore, we declare ourselves to be an “Open and Affirming Church.” No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome in this community of faith.
Open and Affirming
Gilead Congregational Church
United Church of Christ