First Congregational Church of Ripon is officially an Open and Affirming (ONA) church. Open and Affirming is a multi-year journey of building an inclusive church community that welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons into the full life and ministry of the church.
After a time of congregation-led study, dialogue and prayer, First Congregational Church voted on January 27, 2019 to become part of the UCC’s Open and Affirming (ONA) covenant, committing our 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). ONA is a calling for welcome, inclusion and justice.
Following the example of Jesus Christ, First Congregational Church UCC in Ripon, Wisconsin professes that we are a community of openness, kindness, and support for all people regardless of who they are or where they may be on their faith journey. We recognize that everyone is a child of God and celebrate the diversity of God’s kingdom. We welcome all people regardless of age, physical ability, economic status, sexual orientation or expression, race, gender identity or expression, relationship status, ethnicity, or mental ability. We encourage all to share in the membership, employment, ministry, and worship experience of our congregation as we seek to grow together in faith and love. With God’s grace, First Congregational Church UCC declares itself to be an Open and Affirming community.
- UCC Open and Affirming website (link here)
- UCC Resources (link here)
- Why Opening and Affirming? (link here)