Open and Affirming

Our Open and Affirming (ONA) Statement

Approved by Vista Grande Community Church Steering Committee – September 15, 2009
Adopted by the congregation – Oct. 25, 2009

Whereas, we understand that God created humanity in a variety of forms and that God called this diversity “good,”

Whereas, we observe that Jesus showed no partiality, ministering to all people including the marginalized and outcast,

Whereas, as disciples of Jesus, we are called to restore justice wherever God’s creation is broken or divided,

Whereas, we acknowledge that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons have long been excluded, rejected, and dishonored by the church,

Whereas, we believe that God’s love is for all the people,

Therefore, we, the congregation of Vista Grande United Church of Christ in Colorado Springs, CO declare ourselves to be Open and Affirming. We strive to be a congregation that includes all persons, embracing differences of sexual orientation, gender and its expression, marital status, family make-up, age, mental and physical health and ability, racial and cultural identity or background, and educational and socioeconomic status. We welcome all to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, blessings, and joys of our congregation’s life in Christ. “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”

From the Open and Affirming (ONA) Team

We have heard from the United Church of Christ Coalition for Open and Affirming. Our ONA statement was accepted! We are church number 840! Here’s an excerpt from the affirmation letter:

“Congratulations on your ONA vote and thank you for pursuing an ONA listing, so that your congregation may be designated and publicized in the United Church of Christ and beyond. What wonderful news. I love your statement. It is a marvelous, affirming welcome to all persons.”