an Open and Affirming Resolution
on January 29, 2012
“Still Speaking God, we, the community of The Church of the Red Rocks, seek to be a body of Christians who celebrate and live in openness to your voice. Therefore, we covenant with you and one another as we seek to live Christ’s compassion, promote justice, healing and wholeness of life.
As Children of God, we celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of each expression of God’s diverse family as well as our oneness in Christ, and believe that attitudes and acts of injustice, discrimination and violence work against the gospel of Jesus Christ. As such, we welcome into our community persons of every gender, age, race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical ability, economic and social status, political background, faith background, marital standing and family structure. We invite all to share fully in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, blessings and joys of our congregation as we seek to grow together in faith and love.”
At the 2012 Annual Congregational Meeting, the congregation voted to adopt the Open and Affirming Resolution. The Church of the Red Rocks is the 994th church to become “Open and Affirming” (ONA) within the United Church of Christ. The church is also part of the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns.
Outreach programs that grew from the congregation’s Open and Affirming process are the chartering of a local PFLAG chapter and participation in the Community Suppers held monthly at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Sedona. Would you like to sign up to be a volunteer?
The PFLAG-Sedona/Verde Valley (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) holds its monthly support meeting at the church in Painted Cliffs Hall on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend these meetings.
The Open & Affirming process and vote also helped to propel the organization of the Social Justice Committee. The Church of the Red Rocks, in its more that 50 years, has seen its ministries take form in diverse areas of Christian social justice, such as the “God Is Still Speaking” emphasis of the United Church of Christ, and in our ONA affirmation.
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