On October 27, 2019, First Congregational United Church of Christ voted unanimously to become Open and Affirming. This is the United Church of Christ’s language for congregations that make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. We take this commitment very seriously. We have heard too many stories about the harm Christian churches have done to the LGBTQ+ community. We strive to make all aspects of our worship and church life radically welcoming, to be a place where people experience healing in Christian community, and discover that they are loved unconditionally and wholly by God.