Our congregation’s Constitution contains this statement:
Membership in this church shall be open to any person who has been baptized, has been confirmed, or has made public confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
“Any person” means any person. The statement makes no room for exceptions. Baptism and faith in Christ are the only conditions. We welcome all God’s children: every race, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, marital status, theological perspective, and level of ability. We are not merely open to diversity because it is right, but also because we have learned that we are all enriched by one another’s diversity.
The Union Congregational Church Constitution also says this:
Any active or associate member of this church is eligible to be elected as an Officer or to the Diaconate, Board of Trustees, Board of Christian Education, or Church Council.
Radical equality in Christ is one of our foundational values. Therefore, we don’t have second-class members—people who can join but can’t lead. We believe that we are enriched when not only our membership but also our leadership reflects all of God’s children.