A Wide Welcome

A Message from the Open & Affirming Covenant Committee, Cable United Church of Christ. May 15, 2018

Who’s welcome here?

If you’re Asian, Hispanic, Black, or White…

If you’re male or female or transgender…

If you’re three days old, 30 years old, or 103 years old…

If you’ve never stepped foot in a church; or if you’re Buddhist, Roman Catholic, agnostic or a life-long Lutheran…

If you’re single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered…

If you’re straight, gay, lesbian, or bisexual…

If you’re a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Socialist,

or not registered to vote…

If you have, or had, addictions, phobias, abortions,

or a criminal record…

If you own your own home, rent, live with your parents,

or are homeless…

If you’re fully-abled, disabled, or a person of differing abilities…

You’re Welcome Here!

As a congregation we are committed to being a profoundly Loving and Welcoming community of faith. This has been a long-standing principle of our church and of the United Church of Christ. We offer a Wide-Welcome to all.

We are now embarking on a deepening of that commitment by engaging in the educational and spiritual process of moving toward becoming an Open & Affirming (ONA) congregation. The ONA process invites all of us to explore, together, ways in which we might become closer to each other, to those who are not yet among us, and to God.

The first step in this process was to form an ONA Covenant Committee, consisting of church members, the moderator, and the pastor. We’ve been meeting weekly and are beginning to envision the way forward.  Two important decisions have already emerged from our meetings.  The first is an expansion of the definition of what it means to be an ONA congregation. We wish to expand the meaning of ONA, which specifically welcomes LGBTQ individuals, to include all people, as in the “who’s welcome here” list above.

The second decision is to ask for your input as the congregation will be asked to vote on this issue in the future. The committee members sincerely invite you to contact them with you comments, concerns, and questions as we begin this faith journey together.

Thank you for your support and prayers.

The Open & Affirming Covenant Committee

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