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 been registered among other UCC churches nationwide that have become ONA churches. We are #1474 on the registry of ONA churches which is out of the nearly 5500 member churches in the whole United Church of Christ denomination. This is yet another new beginning for Plymouth Church as we seek to live out our call to work for justice in an ever-changing world.
As stated during the process leading up to the vote, our task now is to gradually transition into our new identity by making it known amongst our membership and the community at large. The ONA action team will be meeting to discuss our strategy for moving forward.
The Alan Murin memorial digital sign near our entrance allows us to project new images and information like no other signage before.
In addition, our website features articles and graphics to help tell our story and how we hope to convey our message to the wider community. These are exciting times for us to “be the church” and to continue our work in responding to the countless needs and issues facing us in these challenging times.