ONA

ONA

Honoring our strong spirit of breaking down barriers, Plymouth Congregational UCC celebrated one year of being an open and affirming church in October 2018. Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) designation for congregations that make a public covenant of welcome to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions into their ministry.

Living Into Our New Identity

The question has been called and by an overwhelming majority vote, at a specially called meeting, Plymouth Church approved the resolution to become an Open and Affirming Church; a gesture of intentional welcome and hospitality to people of all gender identities. Our information has now been submitted to the national UCC coalition for LGBT concerns where we have officially…

Resolution and Covenant

For the past 9 months Plymouth Church has prayerfully engaged in formal and informal discussions, conducted listening sessions, provided monthly features in The Epistle, conducted books studies, viewed a documentary film, and listened to sermons, all in an attempt to resource and equip church members that we might make an informed decision on whether or not we wish to…

Welcoming vs Declaration

By Charis Mitchell Since January, we’ve been meeting and discussing what it would mean for our congregation to become Open and Affirming – to declare openly to the public that we do not discriminate based on sexual orientation, and that we strive to fully live out the call that “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” A number of…

The Journey Continues

To our newer readers, ONA (Open and Affirming) is a status claimed and proclaimed by churches in the United Church of Christ who identify themselves as being non-discriminating to those of any sexual orientation. The ONA church does not judge or condemn any single member of the human race for being the person God has created them to be. The ONA church truly lives out its…

Taking the Bible Seriously…Not Literally

The United Church of Christ will be turning 60 this year. That is reason for celebration. And our heritage as a denomination with a social conscience has not changed and that is reason to celebrate as well. One of the former presidents of our esteemed denomination once wrote: I offer this Pastoral Letter to remind all of us that the church is to be a place where all are…
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