On July 12, the Hayshire UCC congregation voted, by a total of 87-2, to become an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. Hayshire’s ONA statement reads:
No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. We, the family of Hayshire United Church of Christ, believe that all people are created in God’s image and are all equally blessed and loved. Jesus taught us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength; and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27). We wholeheartedly embrace Jesus’ teaching of unconditional love for all people and thus declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation of the United Church of Christ. We offer an extravagant welcome to all regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or family structure, economic or social status, emotional, mental, or physical ability, educational level or faith background. We invite all to participate in the life of Hayshire through leadership, ministry, mission, fellowship, worship, sacraments, and sharing in one another’s joys and blessings. Here at Hayshire, we commit to being a community of faith that works toward openness and understanding, offering justice, reconciliation, healing and wholeness of life for all people; a place where all may encounter the loving presence of God.
All are welcome at Hayshire UCC!