Open & Affirming Statement of The Mitchell Congregational United Church of Christ
Adopted June 19th, 2011
Because we seek to be a community of Christians who celebrate and live in openness to the voice of the Still Speaking God;
Because we celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of each expression of God’s diverse family as well as our oneness in Christ;
Because we endeavor to live out our mission to live Christ’s compassion and promote peace, justice, healing, and wholeness of life;
Because we believe that love is a unifying and strengthening force within our Christian faith;
Because we believe that all people are created in God’s image and thus are blessed and loved equally by God;
We, the people of the Congregational United Church of Christ of Mitchell, South Dakota, hereby declare ourselves an Open and Affirming Christian community. We welcome into full membership persons of every race, ethnic background, age, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, socio-economic circumstance, and faith background. We welcome all to full participation in all of our sacraments and every aspect of our congregational life, leadership, ministry, worship, responsibilities, and all the blessings of fellowship in our congregation.