Our Commitment to Inclusivity
Open & Affirming & Accessible
Radical hope and extravagant love are lived out commitments to widening our circle.
Open & Affirming and being an Accessible church are ways that we embody this love and hope. For us this means that our welcome goes beyond words so that the heart of each person is engaged as a child of God. We believe that each of us is gifted and loved by God and God extends to us mercy and grace! As children of God we are called to extend that same mercy and grace to others. Truly, all are welcome.
Our Commitment to Accessibility
We are called by God, the creator of all, to be an open, inclusive, affirming and accessible community of faith. We recognize that this calling involves all aspects of our gathered life, including buildings, worship, education, fellowship and service, so that all of us can proclaim God’s word.
In order to widen our welcome and accessibility we:
have several areas available throughout our sanctuary for those with mobile assistance (wheelchair, walker or other assistance)
offer large print bulletins which include the hymns
have a lift so that most levels of our building are accessible
have ramp access at both our front and side doors
have available hearing assistance devices
offer gluten-free bread and grape juice for Communion
offer services at a variety of times to allow a wider array of people to attend
Our Open & Affirming Covenant
We believe that:
1. We are a congregation of persons of different ages, races, sexes, gender identities and expressions, abilities, and social backgrounds, yet we are all made in God’s image and are loved by God.
2. We are one body in Christ, and when one part of the body suffers, we all suffer together.
3. We are called by Jesus to fight discrimination, persecution, and the denial of civil rights to any group of persons in our congregation or in the world by promoting justice and peace for all humankind.
4. Our sexuality is a gift from God that enriches our lives and our humanity, and we are called to accept ourselves and our sexuality.
5. We celebrate human relationships that are based upon love, responsibility, mutual respect and trust.
6. God's Spirit calls us to lives of awareness, understanding, compassion and love.
7. No biblical, theological, or ethical justification exists for discrimination, denial of civil rights, or physical violence against any person, regardless of sexuality or gender identity or gender expression.
8. An Open and Affirming Church does not discriminate against any person, group, or organization in hiring, promotion, membership, leadership, use of facility, provision of services or funding on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, or physical or mental disability.
Therefore, in accordance with the preceding, and with the help of God, we hereby Resolve that:
South Congregational Church shall be an Open and Affirming Church.
Voted into service at the May 8, 1996 Annual Business Meeting.
Amended at the June 9, 2016 Annual Meeting