Open & Affirming Statement

ALL are welcome at Skyland Community Church.

In the mid-1990s we chose to be an open-and-affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.

We welcome all people—regardless of race, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical ability, marital or financial status—to join us as we work and play together.

We welcome persons with a wide range of beliefs who covenant to help carry out our church’s ministries. As such, we value each person’s uniqueness.

We are updating the following statement written in the 1990s to express even greater inclusivity and to renew our commitment to be an open and affirming congregation.

All people are created in God’s image and each child of God is unique and wonderful. We celebrate the universal truth proclaimed in Galatians 3:26,28:

“In Christ Jesus we are all children of God through faith. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female; for all are one in Christ Jesus.”

We, the congregation of Skyland Community Church, declare ourselves to be an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.

With God’s grace, we seek to be a congregation inclusive of all persons without regard to race, sex, age, mental or physical ability, marital status or sexual orientation. We welcome all to join with us to share in our community life, worship and sacraments including ordained leadership and ministry. We seek to honor the individual gifts all persons bring to us.

We realize that these conclusions may not be universally held, and we acknowledge that we “know only in part.” (1 Corinthians 13:9)

We respect those whose prayerful and considered understanding of scripture and tradition has lead them to other conclusions, and we welcome their presence, gifts and companionship on the journey of faith.

We pledge to work for full inclusion of all persons of faith, believing that “Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:38-39)

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