Grace United Church of Christ, Uniontown, Ohio
Open and Affirming Covenant
The congregation of Grace United Church of Christ in Uniontown, Ohio declares that we are an Open and Affirming Church. We take seriously what Jesus has taught: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) We are committed to discovering the creative holiness in each person and to be inclusive in the exploration, celebration, and the daily living of our faith.
Everyone who is seeking a relationship with Jesus is welcome. “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” (John 13:34) To demonstrate our love and mindful of our mission to be a caring community, we acknowledge, accept, and affirm that all people are equal children of God. We welcome all to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, and blessings of participation in our congregation.
We believe that all people are created in God’s image and thus are loved and blessed equally by God. “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) Taking scripture as our guide, we invite and welcome into our faith community persons of every ability, age, race, nationality, economic and social status, faith background, marital standing, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and persons living with mental or physical illness or disability.
God does not discriminate with God’s love. “…we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” (1 John 4:16) The congregation of Grace United Church of Christ strives to live in love. We strive to be a safe and nurturing community of faith. We strive to be a place for all people to worship God, serve God, serve humanity, and grow in faith and fellowship. We strive to demonstrate in all ways that no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!