ABOUT US

Church on the Hill is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. Whoever you are, wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here! Led by the Holy Spirit, we are committed to serving the community with the love and justice of Jesus Christ.

ADDRESS

413-637-1001

welcome@lenoxucc.org

Office hours: Mon-Thurs, 9am-1pm

Offices & Chapel: 55 Main Street

Meetinghouse: 169 Main Street

Lenox, MA 01240

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Open and Affirming

Seeking Faithfulness to the Gospel in Our Time

 

The year 2003 saw the culmination of an extensive period in which Church on the Hill studied the Bible's vision for human relationships, the history of the Christian church's treatment of human sexuality, and the new insights into Christian teaching inspired by the experience of the LGBT+ community and its allies. 

 

Our prayerful study led us to this conclusion: that faithfulness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ demands of us an explicit affirmation of the God-given goodness of a wide range of human sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender expression. 

 

Along the way, we encountered the painful truth that the church of Jesus Christ has often perpetuated social divisions that arise from human culture and human sin. We know that we can never be free of those influences. But in this time, Church on the Hill responded to the clear call to proclaim a wider, more intentional welcome than we had before. Thus, relying on God's grace, we voted to become an "Open and Affirming Congregation." 

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.