In May of 2004, this congregation voted to adopt the guidelines, as outlined by The United Church of Christ, to become an Open & Affirming congregation. This is commonly referred to as “ONA.”
While ONA is generally associated with LGTB (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual) inclusivity and equality, it is actually much more.
It is a statement that we are try, as best we can, to live into. It is our guide to how the Kingdom of God, on earth, can be brought into reality.
We of the First Congregational Church in Norwood , United Church of Christ, recognize the call of our living God to affirm the dignity of every person.
As a loving and caring faith community, we recognize that we are one body in Christ and are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. In response to God’s call to be agents of justice, we welcome all individuals regardless of physical or mental ability, race, age, culture, family status, sexual orientation or gender identity into the full life and community of our church.
By declaring ourselves an open and affirming congregation, we celebrate the wide range of gifts found in a diverse community. All members, officers, boards and committees are encouraged to meet this call in all of their actions.