Winthrop Congregational Church, United Church of Christ's Open and Affirming Statement
Since its founding in 1776, our Winthrop Church has borne witness to the belief that God's love is a gift for all people and for all times. During the turbulent days before the Civil War, our leaders were early advocates for the abolition of slavery and the recognition of the dignity of all people.
Our church community endeavors to accept and embrace all who enter here. We welcome individuals of every race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, family structure, marital standing, socio-economic status, age, physical and mental ability to join us in the ministry of our church. All are invited to participate in worship, fellowship and leadership.
In accordance with our firm and demonstrated belief in Jesus' commandment to love one another, and in the spirit of those who first established our church, we who continue to worship in this place now proclaim the Winthrop Congregational Church, United Church of Christ to be an Open and Affirming Church.
Voted on and approved unanimously at Annual Meeting January 27, 2013