Open & Affirming Statement

We, Hillcrest Congregational, a United Church of Christ, believe that all people are created in God’s image and thus are blessed and loved equally by God, and love is a unifying and strengthening force within our Christian faith. We declare ourselves an Open and Affirming (ONA) Christian community, actively expressing Jesus’ inclusive embrace of all peoples.

We welcome into full membership and participation in the Body of Christ persons of every race, ethnic background, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, socio-economic background, marital status, and faith background. All are welcome to participate fully in the life, leadership, ministry, and mission of this church as we seek to grow together in a safe and nurturing community of faith. We strive to demonstrate in all ways that “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” (John 13:34)