What we believe
Open and Affirming
HOPE United Church of Christ has been an Open
and Affirming (ONA) Congregation since HOPE UCC
first opened its doors.
To say that a setting of the UCC (a local church, campus
ministry etc.) is “Open and Affirming” means that it has
publicly declared that “lesbian, gay, bisexual” (LGB) people
(or those of all “sexual orientations”) 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.
Transgender people or gender identity and gender
expression is increasingly included in ONA declarations,
statements or policies.