First United Church of Christ, Springfield, Open and Affirming Ministry

Our Covenant

We, the members of First United Church of Christ, believe that living in Covenant is an opportunity to interweave our lives with the lives of others, sharing each other’s joys, and bearing one another’s burdens. Living in Covenant enables us to learn from each other, support each other’s faith journeys, produce abundant life together, and fully realize the Good News of Christ.

We believe that while we are many, we are one body in Christ. It is our continuing mission to open our church, our hearts, and our minds in order to emulate Christ’s example of selflessness, acceptance, and unconditional love.

We affirm that diversity is a gift to be treasured and that this diversity brings glory to God. Having been led by the Spirit of a still-speaking God, we make a purposeful decision to embrace, respect, and celebrate the uniqueness of all people without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, age, race, ethnicity, economic and social status, faith background, marital standing, or family structure.

It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the suffering that has been inflicted upon our LGBTQ brothers and sisters and their families in the name of Christianity. Know that we are determined to bring about healing and reconciliation wherever possible. As an Open and Affirming church we wholeheartedly rebuke and denounce all acts of violence and discrimination against our LGBTQ brothers and sisters no matter what form it may take.

In the sincere belief that God's table is prepared for all, we welcome everyone to join us in worship and fellowship, to grow in faith, to lead, and to share in life and communion with us.

Our Open & Affirming Ministry

Extravagant Welcome

It is our intent to welcome all people who walk a spiritual journey. We insist that God’s table is open, not closed. We publicly profess our identity as a church that is multi-racial, multi-cultural, open and affirming, and accessible to all. We advocate justice for all as an extension and expression of faith. We are open to new ways of being church and forming Christian community. We affirm that cultural differences expand our ability to know God’s love. We loudly proclaim: “We welcome all people on their spiritual journeys. No exceptions! No kidding!

Equality Springfield

The church participates in Equality Springfield, a group made up of members and friends of the LGBTQ community whose mission is support, advocacy, and edcuation in the community.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

We plan and host the city’s annual vigil and remembrance of those of the transgender community lost to violence and bigotry each year.

Pride Day

The church participates in Springfield’s annual Pride Festival.

Public Support Billboard

Along with other supportive and affirming churches in Springfield, we co-sponsor annual public pronouncements and billboards recognizing the productive role the LGTBQ community plays within the life of the city.

Are any of these ministries of concern to you? Contact us to learn how you can join in.