We, the First Church in Windsor, following our Lord Jesus Christ, declare that we welcome all to share in our community of faith. It is hard to believe how time has flown by since we all met together in June for Annual Meeting in Hartford. The phrase open and affirming is used by the United Church of Christ to indicate that a church welcomes this frequently excluded group. At Annual Meeting we accomplish many Members of each congregation covenant with one another and with God as revealed in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Congregational Churches were organized when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation and the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony acknowledged their essential unity in the Cambridge Platform of Please note that nearly all churches choose to expand their welcome to name other groups that have been oppressed and include them in their welcome covenant.
Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we seek to live our belief at church, at work, at school, and in our families that there are no outcasts in a community that is obedient to the will of God.
God is still speaking
We are a uniting church as well as a united church. Read the text of that resolution here. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we seek to live our belief at church, at work, at school, and in our families that there are no outcasts in a community that is obedient to the will of God. Christian, Reformed, Congregational, and Evangelical. What changes do we hope will occur as we move into our commitment to be open and affirming? Each of these was, in turn, the result of a union of two earlier denominations. It claims as its own the faith of the historic Church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant Reformers.
We want to value, uphold and support each other in our church family with dignity and equality. Find this new ministry team on Facebook at: Our covenanting emphasizes trustful relationships rather than legal agreements. We will seek to combat negative stereotypes, derogatory language and other forms of bias which deny full potential and keep people in the shadows. Why are we open and affirming? Our challenge as a church continues to be a fuller affirmation of the diversities among us so that other persons who have felt excluded will also feel welcome.