Open and Affirming
To say that a setting of the UCC (a local church, campus ministry etc.) is "Open and Affirming" means that it has publicly declared that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, or questioning (LGBTQ) people (or those of all sexual orientations and gender identities) are welcome in its full life and ministry (e.g. membership, leadership, employment etc.) It bespeaks a spirit of hospitality and a willingness to live out that welcome in meaningful ways.
In 2004, it was concluded that there was a present and real need for genuine welcome, openness and acceptance for all within the church. The UCC responded to this call of extravagant welcome and radical hospitality with a new branding campaign to proclaim to the world that anyone could find a home in the United Church of Christ.
“No matter where you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.”
Emmaus United Church of Christ is a member of the: