We are an open and affirming church

(Statement adopted June 19, 2000):

We, the members of Sammamish Congregational United Church of Christ (Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ), believe in God and the teachings of Jesus Christ. We affirm every person as a unique individual made in God's image. Therefore we joyfully and unconditionally welcome all people of any age, gender, race, culture, sexual orientation, ability, marital status or economic condition into our community of faith in membership, leadership and employment. We invite all persons to the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion and open to our family of faith the rite of Holy Covenant. We acknowledge the silence and discrimination that the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community has experienced and commit ourselves to continue exploring what it means to be faithfully Open and Affirming in a changing world. In celebrating the sacred value and special gifts of every life, we covenant ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation seeking to live in accordance with Christ's principles of love, respect, forgiveness, justice, mercy, grace and acceptance.

To learn more about the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns, please visit: www.ucccoalition.org