Open and Affirming Statement

ONAMeWith God’s grace we seek to be a congregation that includes all persons, embracing differences of sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, mental and physical ability, as well as racial, ethnic or social-economic background. We welcome all to share in the life and leadership, ministry and fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of participation in our congregation.

We affirm the worth and dignity of every person created in the image of God and celebrate all loving and committed relationships. We promise our care and support, and welcome their unique contributions to this community of faith.

We believe the Gospel message was given for all and in accord with our mission statement to share God’s love by caring for our neighbors without exception, we declare the Deering Community Church to be an Open and Affirming church of the United Church of Christ.

The Marcrofts and Others at The Boston Gay Pride Parade.