As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, Immanuel United Church of Christ affirms the responsibility of each generation to be guided by scripture and our faith tradition and to rely on the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to make the faith of Jesus Christ real in our time and place.
We therefore affirm that:
Immanuel United Church of Christ, an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, is committed to include all who enter, embracing and celebrating differences of racial and cultural identity, faith background, thought and expression, marital standing, family structure, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical health and ability, and educational and economic background.
We invite all to join in the common life and mission of our community through participation and leadership in this congregation, and by fully sharing in the worship, rites, and sacraments of this church. We thereby commit to making justice and inclusivity a reality in this congregation and in the world.
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. The "full life and ministry" includes the sacraments (i.e. baptism, communion), marriage and leadership roles. The concept of Open and Affirming is extended by Immanuel to include people of all differences including ethnic, racial, economic, etc.
In 2015, Immanuel took a historic step as a congregation by the overwhelming affirmative vote 85.7% (9.4%- non-affirmation; 4.9% abstention), establishing that we are an Open and Affirming (ONA) church within the UCC denomination that welcomes all. The ONA process, having started in Fall 2014, continued through Winter and Spring 2015, continued with our vote taking place in May 2015.
Questions should be directed towards the Extravagant Welcome Committee.
Rev. Dale's Sermon
May 25, 2014
Letter to Congregation
November 20, 2014
Letter to the Congregation
May 21, 2015