On Sunday, October 30, 2011, Reformation Sunday, our church voted to add a very important clarifying addition to our constitutional mission statement. We stepped into our future as a congregation, unified and clearly understanding our welcoming commitment to a greater community of individuals as we declare ourselves Open and Affirming.
To share faith, hope and love with all, we, the First Congregational United Church of Christ of North Ridgeville, Ohio, believing we have been led by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, declare our congregation to be Open and Affirming. We acknowledge God’s acceptance of every individual and Jesus’ commandment to love one another. Our faith leads us to welcome all races, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, family structures, faith backgrounds, abilities and economic circumstances, into the full life and ministry of this church. As we grow together in faith and love, we strive to celebrate the diversity in which God has created us and commit ourselves to justice and equality for all.
May God add his blessings to this achievements.