Celebrating Our Open and Affirming Congregation
St. Paul's United Church of Christ is proud to be an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. St. Paul's members voted to become an Open And Affirming Congregation in October of 2009. We celebrate and welcome all people.
You can get more information about the UCC Open and Affirming Coalition by clicking here.
Our Open and Affirming Statement
Adopted at the congregational Meeting on October 11, 2009.
We, the members of St. Paul's United Church of Christ believe that all people are created in God's image and thus are loved and blessed equally by God.
We take seriously the scriptures which command us "YOU shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and will all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." Jesus said, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live." (Luke 10:25-28)
We invite and welcome into our community persons of every gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability, age, race, nationality, economic and social status, faith background, marital standing and family structure.
In our community of faith all people are encouraged to participate and share their talents and energy in worship and sacraments, leadership positions, ordained ministry, lay ministry, learning, service, mission and fellowship.
Therefore, no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome in this United Church of Christ Congregation.
On July 1, 2018, St. Paul's hosted an interfaith Pride Service. We were joined by leaders from three other faiths. We served communion, sang hymns, and celebrated not only our Open and Affirming status, but welcomed all to our church.
Each year on November 20th, St. Paul's hosts a service for Transgender Day of Remembrance. We light a candle, and say the name of each (known) transgender person who has been murdered. In 2020, we included those who lost their lives to COVID. Click the picture below to access the video of the 2021 TDOR Memorial.
Transgender Day of Remembrance