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LGBT/ONA

ONA  (Open aNd Affirming):  Not only are our hearts OPEN to welcome members of the LGBTIQ community, but we AFFIRM you as a child of God, loved by God and created by God in God's image!
 
If you are looking for a faith family, we cordially invite you to visit Wayside. We will not ask or assume you are LGBT. Whatever you tell us about yourself, we will rejoice with you at the wonder of God's creation.  If you need to stay "safe" we honor that choice as well.  No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.  These are not just words but a covenant  for us at Wayside.  We invite you to come join us to worship and to grow in faith.

 

The members and leadership of Wayside UCC have been intentional about welcoming persons of lesbian, gay, and bisexual orientation since 1991.  At the conclusion of a stretching education and discussion process Wayside voted, as a congregation, to be Open and Affirming.
 
It is has been our joy to "live into" our decision. At the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Congregation, the words of our Anti-discrimination Policy were updated to make our welcome to additional people explicit.
 
In the words of one LGBT member, "Tears of joy flood my eyes as I am welcome to stand shoulder to shoulder with the whole congregation. No longer do I have to hide who I am".
 











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