Open and Affirming the official designation in the United Church of Christ (UCC) 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.
The United Church of Christ filed a landmark lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Monday, April 28, 2014, arguing that North Carolina marriage laws restrict freedom of religion.
The United Church of Christ (UCC) argues that North Carolina marriage laws limit ministers’ choices, violate the principle of “free exercise of religion” upon which the church is built, and restrict the freedoms of religion and expressive association guaranteed in the First Amendment.
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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Potomac Association, Central Atlantic Conference, United Church of Christ, declares itself to be an open and affirming association.And in keeping with the resolution, the Potomac Association, shall adopt the following statement and display this statement in various forms of communication including print and on the association web site, when the full statement is desired. This statement shall be considered the primary expression of our Open and Affirming Commitment:“The Potomac Association values all of God’s children and welcomes the gifts that each brings to the association and to the local church. Responding to God’s still speaking voice and seeking to live out Christ’s extravagant welcome to all, the PotomacAssociation of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ declares itself itself an Open and Affirming (ONA) association. We embrace persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, races, cultures, ethnicities, ages, classes, or abilities in all aspects of association ministry.”