Open and Affirming
Several years ago, United Church had intentional conversation about what it means to be welcoming, especially to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. We voted to become "Open and Affirming" which means we fully support the LGBT community. While it's up to each individual congregation to decide on its own, since each congregation in the UCC is autonomous, we made the bold decision to live an inclusive and expansive faith.
Learn more about the "Open and Affirming" movement in the UCC here.
You are safe here.Many LGBT individuals have left the church. Part of this is because they were judged because of their sexuality. We want you to know that you're safe at United Church. You will be welcomed and embraced. No one will point fingers or pass judgment.
If you're an LGBT youth, we want you to be part of the United Church family. Let us know what you need and how we can help you on your journey.
Pastor Scott is available to listen and advise. He can relate to what you're going through. He's been there.
Bring your authentic self to worship.
You are a gifted individual! Maybe no one has told you that lately, but we know that you are. Perhaps you can sing, dance, paint. Maybe you're a great reader or write great poetry. Or, perhaps you're good with a hammer and a saw. Whatever your gifts, we're eager to help you to celebrate and use them for God's church.
Our creativity is only limited by the restraints we put on ourselves. God designed us with infinite possibility!
Here are some helpful links:
Mental Health - Understanding the Health Needs of LGBT People
Mental Health - LGBTQ+ and Addiction
LGBT Network (Long Island)
The Trevor Project (provides help to LGBT youth ages and young adults ages 13-24)