Whether you are young or old, single or partnered, gay or straight, happy or sad, confused or inspired, street-smart or college educated, can’t pay your bills or have enough to share – no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome to join us as we worship and serve the God who welcomes us all.
“…that they may all be one” (John 17:23)
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Since its founding in faith, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ has been responsive to God’s call as it has emerged in each new generation. This congregation proudly stands in the tradition of faithful and enlightened biblical scholarship that recognizes and honors Jesus’ example of gracious love and extravagant welcome. Such a stance is consistent with this congregation’s heritage of seeking social justice, honoring our wider church’s commitment to prophetic witness, and reflecting the seriousness with which we approach our covenantal relationship with the United Church of Christ. Our living heritage illustrates the careful actions of past generations regarding social justice: hunger, mission, childcare, accessibility, and inclusive language. Our heritage calls us to follow Jesus’ example and obey his command to love God and all of our neighbors as ourselves. Now we are in a new place where we are called to become an Open and Affirming Congregation to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons.
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We believe that every person is a child of God, made in God’s image, loved by God, and invested with dignity and worth; and that discipleship requires us to “Welcome others as Christ welcomes us” (Romans 15:7). As an Open and Affirming Congregation, we embrace diversity in our congregation and in our community. We welcome into full membership and participation persons of every race, language, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and mental ability, economic circumstance, marital status and faith background. We invite all people to participate in all aspects of our lay and ordained ministries and to avail themselves of the sacraments and rites accorded to members of the congregation. We believe such is the Realm of God (Luke 13:29).
To exclude persons from the church and society because of sexual orientation or on any other basis withers away the Body of Christ. When one part of the body suffers, all others suffer with it (I Corinthians 12:26). Instead, we vow to do all within our power to promote justice and healing through our commitment to being an Open and Affirming Church.