Open and Affirming

First Congregational United Church of Christ Mankato, Minnesota

OPEN AND AFFIRMING RESOLUTION

In 1991, the membership of First Congregational United Church of Christ of Mankato, Minnesota adopted a new Mission Statement which proclaimed, in part, that...

    In order to further our purpose we, as a community of faith in God - creator, redeemer, and sustainer - take as our mission:
    付o promote personal spiritual growth and stronger faith through education, prayer, challenging each other in love, and struggling and searching for a greater understanding of God
    付o proclaim the gospel of Jesus the Christ by word and deed
    付o further social and economic justice for all people
    付o engage in the church's wider mission to those who suffer from ignorance, hunger, illness, poverty, and homelessness in this community and throughout the world
    付o be a church which invites and welcomes all persons, celebrates their diversity of background, and protects their dignity and worth as humans
    付o rejoice that God has yet more light and truth to give to the world.

We, the membership of First Congregational United Church of Christ of Mankato, Minnesota on this twenty-third day of January, 1994, re-affirm our Mission Statement and acknowledge that it provides the foundation for the following statement in support of the Open and Affirming resolution regarding the church's response to persons of gay, lesbian, or bisexual orientation which was adopted by the 15th General Synod of the United Church  of Christ in July, 1985.

As a community of faith in God, we acknowledge our tendency to focus inward and we reaffirm Christ's charge for us to actively reach out and welcome all persons who wish to be a part of our community and affirm their faith with us in worship, study, prayer and service.

As a community of faith in God, we acknowledge that the Church has often intentionally judged and excluded persons of gay, lesbian, or bisexual orientation from full participation in the life of the church or, by its silence, acquiesced in that judgment and condemnation.

As a community of faith in God, we invite and welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation to join with us in a faith and life journey; where there remains continuing misunderstanding, fear and condemnation towards persons of gay, lesbian, or bisexual orientation among us, we pray for God's grace and strength to overcome them.

As a community of faith in God, we will actively and openly seek to address the needs, advocate the concerns and redress the wrongs (such as discrimination in the workplace, housing, religious expression) committed against persons of gay, lesbian, or bisexual orientation in our local community and in society at large.

Adopted 01/23/94

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