WELCOME TO JOURNEY
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST!
“In the name of Jesus Christ, and through his spirit, we bid you welcome to Journey
United Church of Christ, an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.”
You are welcome here if you are married, or if you are single; for we will partner with you.
You are welcome here if you are a parent, or the child of one; for we will be a family to you.
You are welcome here if you know what you believe, and you are welcome if you have no idea what to believe; for we will share our faith.
You are welcome here if you love people whose bodies look like yours, or if you love people whose bodies are different; for here we’re all the body of Christ.
You are welcome here if your people are from this place, or from far away; for our God is both here and everywhere.
You are welcome here if you are a saint, or a sinner; for God knows we are all of us both.
“No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
(adapted from “The Welcome” at Old South UCC, Boston, MA)
Open & Affirming: LGBTQA
We, the members of Journey United Church of Christ, declare ourselves to be an “Open and Affirming” faith community. We seek to be a community which welcomes all persons of every race, language, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, economic or marital status and faith background. We acknowledge the history of the institutional church in condemning and excluding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered person, and in condoning such discrimination by its silence. We commit ourselves to work diligently to end such oppression and discrimination following the model of our God.
“Open and Affirming” (ONA) is the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Journey has been “Open and Affirming” since their birth.
What does “Open and Affirming” (ONA) mean?
“Open and Affirming” (ONA) is a movement of more than 1,100 churches that welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members. More than 275,000 members of the United Church of Christ belong to ONA churches and our movement is growing.
After a time of study, dialogue and prayer, churches adopt an ONA “covenant” committing their members to welcome LGBT seekers, support their relationships, and advocate for their basic rights. ONA churches take seriously the Bible’s admonition to “accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7, NIV)