LGBTQ+ people of faith often experience emotional and spiritual injury in churches that condemn their capacity to love and seek love. Because they’ve learned that “All Are Welcome” usually doesn’t apply to them, they can’t assume that any church will be safe for them and their families. On Easter morning in 2018, First United Church of Christ officially became an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation. Our hope is that all LGBTQ+ faith seekers see and know that they have a home here at First UCC because we are all beloved children of God.
By adopting an ONA covenant, as stated above, we at First United Church of Christ take seriously St. Paul’s admonition to “accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7, NIV)
As an ONA congregation, we are part of the larger Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ. This organization advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, and equips UCC congregations to become effective witnesses to Christ’s extravagant welcome.
Our campus is entirely wheelchair and walker accessible, from handicap parking spaces and a porte-cochère for easy drop offs, to all interior rooms of the church and the upper levels of our meditation garden. We offer personal sound amplifiers and use ADA compliant font sizes on our bulletins and projected PowerPoint. If you have additional questions regarding our ADA compliance, please reach out!
Although there are designated male and female restrooms, we offer single-use restrooms for any and all genders. There are two located on the main floor: inside the Parlor (near main entrance of church) as well as inside the Whole Health Ministries room (across from Fellowship Hall). Just look for the inclusive restroom sign!
Since 2020, our online presence has grown. Everyone is welcome into our sanctuary on Sunday mornings but for those unable to attend in person, we gladly livestream the service via Facebook Live. The placement of the iPad allows those at home to have a front-row seat to Pastor Dan, the PowerPoint, and musical performances. Click the link above to view previous services!