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Open and Affirming

What Does “Open and Affirming” Mean?”

An “Open and Affirming” church is one that has publicly declared that “gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender” (GLBT) people are welcome in its full life and ministry (e.g. membership, leadership, employment, etc.) It bespeaks a spirit of hospitality and a willingness to live out that welcome in meaningful ways.

Middleton Community UCC became an Open and Affirming Church on January 27, 2008, following a process of discussion, study, and discernment. On that date, MCC voted unanimously to approve the Opening and Affirming Statement found in a link at the bottom of this page.

The process began on a national level in 1985 when the Fifteenth General Synod (national delegate body of the UCC) adopted the resolution, “Calling on United Church of Christ Congregations to Declare Themselves Open and Affirming.” This General Synod action “…encourages a policy of non-discrimination in employment, volunteer service and membership policies with regard to sexual orientation; encourages associations, Conferences and all related organizations to adopt a similar policy; and encourages the congregations of the United Church of Christ to adopt a non-discrimination policy and a Covenant of Openness and Affirmation of persons of lesbian, gay and bisexual orientation within the community of faith.”

Bodies in the United Church of Christ have been making such statements for more than thirty years. They have addressed, among other issues: support for GLBT civil rights, elimination of institutionalized homophobia within the UCC, HIV/AIDS education and care as it affects GLBT persons, and affirmation of the gifts and ministries of GLBT clergy and laity.

OPEN AND AFFIRMING STATEMENT

Weekly Schedule

Sunday Worship 9:30am

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Sunday School 9:45am

Sunday Coffee & Cookies Fellowship 10:30am

Church Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00am-Noon

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See our 2016 Annual Report

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Service Times & Directions

Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

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