We are an Open and Affirming Congregation

Percentages of People Welcome at First Church (Hint: Everyone. We mean it.)

  • People of Color 100%
  • People with Tattoos 100%
  • Lesbians 100%
  • Conservatives 100%
  • Gay Men 100%
  • Youth 100%
  • Bisexual Women and Men 100%
  • Men 100%
  • Children 100%
  • Women 100%
  • Young Adults 100%
  • Singles 100%
  • People who are Transgender 100%
  • People Who Grew Up in Church 100%
  • Seniors 100%
  • Liberals 100%
  • Middle-aged 100%
  • People Who’ve Never Been to Church 100%
  • People with Piercings 100%
  • Addicts and Alcoholics 100%
  • People Having a Bad Day 100%
  • Couples 100%
  • People Who Can’t Sing and People Who Can 100%
  • Everyone 100%

Our Covenant of Welcome

We are an Open and Affirming Church: All are welcome into the full life of our community regardless of their race, age, gender, nationality, marital status, economic situation, mental or physical ability, or sexual orientation.

What is Open and Affirming (ONA)?

Open and Affirming (ONA) is an official designation with the United Church of Christ (UCC) that signals a fundamental commitment to welcoming members of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community into full participation of the life and ministry of the local church.

Why did First Church become ONA?