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OPEN AND AFFIRMING (ONA) COVENANT

United Church of Christ, Congregational Boxborough

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”
(John 13:34)

We, the United Church of Christ, Congregational Boxborough, value and welcome a diverse congregation. We are an Open and Affirming (ONA) church, believing that each of us is created in God’s image.  We celebrate everyone, including people of all ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, family configurations, economic circumstances, physical, cognitive or emotional abilities, education, or spiritual and religious traditions.

All are welcome to participate fully in the life, leadership, ministry and mission of this church as we seek to grow together in a safe and nurturing community of faith. We strive to demonstrate in all ways that “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”

We commit ourselves to the ongoing work of being an ONA congregation, one that lives out the belief that God is still speaking. With God’s grace, we journey together in Christian faith.

HAVE PRIDE, HAVE FAITH!

In June 2014, we were honored to attend our first Boston Pride Worship Service and Parade as an ONA church  and actually lead the march of Massachusetts ONA churches by carrying the UCC banner.

Pride 3

Jenn

ONA RESOURCES

It Get Better Project
The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.  Also check out What we can do to stop bullying.

Parents, Families and Friends of LGBT

PFLAG Parents, Families, And Friends of Lesbian, Gay (and Transgendered and Bisexual) meets third Sunday of every month at the Trinity Episcopal Church – Concord, MA.  For more information visit www.gbpflag.org Or call 866-427-3524.

Open and Affirming in the UCC
Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns
The United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the UCC, and equips UCC congregations to become effective witnesses to Christ’s extravagant welcome. Also check out these links:

LGBT Ministries

Human Sexuality Information and Resources

Advocate and Care for LGBT Seniors

Trans Saints Organization