Our Open and Affirming Covenant:
Sylvania United Church of Christ, claimed by God and responding as disciples of Jesus Christ, embraces diversity and affirms the dignity and worth of all persons as created in the image of God. We invite all who seek to experience the healing and unconditional grace of God to fully participate in our community of faith. Endeavoring to be faithful to Jesus' prayer that we be one (John 17:21), we are open and affirming of each child of God regardless of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith background, age and physical or mental ability.
Adopted May 4, 2014
What does "Open and Affirming" mean?
To say that our church is "Open and Affirming" (ONA) means that as a UCC church we have made a public covenant of welcome to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions (LGBTQ) into the full life and ministry of our church. No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
Press Release: Sylvania United Church of Christ Becomes Open and Affirming
Toledo Blade: Sylvania Church Approved to be LGBT Safe
Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ