Open and Affirming

Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC that make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Kingston Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming Church. We have adopted the following covenant to make clear that our welcome extends to all of God’s children.

We, the people of the Kingston Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, seek to be a community of Christians who live in openness to the voice of the Still Speaking God.

We support each person’s spiritual journey through the communal pursuit of worship, learning, and service.

We celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of each expression of God’s diverse family as well as our oneness in Christ.

We welcome into our community persons of every gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical ability, age, race, nationality, economic and social status, faith background, marital standing and family structure; and we invite all to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, blessings and joys of our congregation.

We pray for God’s guidance and blessing as we seek to express this commitment ever more fully in the daily life of our church.


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