OPEN & AFFIRMING
Accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7)
For Christ, having received, not one or two of us, but all together, has thus connected us, so that we ought to cherish one another.” (John Calvin)
"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."
- from United Church of Christ website
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 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.
Open and Affirming Statement
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.