Open & Affirming
We celebrate being an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ.
No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
On January 29, 2012, we, the members of the Federated Church of Orleans rejoiced in proclaiming that we are an Open and Affirming Church – at that time, the 989th congregation in the United Church of Christ to do so. All people - including but not limited to age, race, culture, socio-economic position, gender or gender expression, sexual identity, family structure, faith perspective, gifts, and abilities - are welcome and blessed and invited to receive the healing and transforming love of God.
We seek to follow Jesus, who teaches us a commandment that we should love one another as God loves us (John 13:35). This love affirms that all people are children of God and are blessed and sacred in God's sight. We seek to embody this love by celebrating all people "no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey." We seek to embody this love by removing all barriers of discrimination, prejudice, and hatred. We seek to embody this love by mirroring God's heavenly realm where all people live with dignity and in peace.
Prayerfully and relying on God's grace, we seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to enlighten the eyes of our hearts (Eph 1:18) as we embark on this journey, proclaiming joyfully "All are welcome here!"
Acknowledging our long history as a covenantal church, we promise to be a faithful people committed to justice and mercy in the world around us and in our individual lives, whatever it may cost us.
We trust in God revealed in Scripture and mirrored in the life of Jesus. We respond to the love and power of God's Spirit alive among us, leading us into an unknown future.
We covenant to support The Federated Church of Orleans and to seek the flourishing of God’s whole creation:
by gathering in worship; offering a warm, all-inclusive welcome; respecting and listening to each other; sharing in the joy of discipleship; standing with and advocating for the hurt, the hungry, and the excluded; relieving suffering and alienation where we find it; and by working toward a time of peace throughout God’s world.
This covenant was affirmed by the congregation in January 2018.
We are a Federated Church
We are members of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Unitarian-Universalist Association (UUA).
Delegates to the Barnstable UCC Conference, 2016