Our Open and Affirming Declaration

Because we believe that each person is created by God in God’s image, and

Because we believe that all Christians, believers and seekers, are brothers and sisters in Christ, and that Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and

Because we believe that each member of the congregation is an essential part of the body of the church:

We, the members of the Church on the Hill, United Church of Christ in Lenox, Massachusetts
declare ourselves to be an OPEN AND AFFIRMING congregation,
providing a safe sanctuary where people may enter without fear,
be welcome, and grow in the body of Christ.

OPEN to all Christians, whether believers or seekers, without regard to:
Gender identity or sexual orientation
Age, race or ethnic heritage
Mental, emotional or physical abilities
Health conditions
Marital or partnership status
Economic or social standing

AFFIRMING the sacredness of every human life, without regard to:
Gender identity or sexual orientation
Age, race or ethnic heritage
Mental, emotional or physical abilities
Health conditions
Marital or partnership status
Economic or social standing

Celebrating the wondrous diversity in God’s creation,
we invite all to join us in our worship
and to participate in the full life and ministry of this faith community.


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