At UCCNB, we not only welcome, but also love and celebrate, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Many Christians have had mixed experiences when it comes to welcome based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. That's why we've chosen to be very clear, voting as a congregation to make an Open and Affirming (OnA) commitment in 1994. In 2012, we voted to oppose the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, which would have defined marriage in the Minnesota Constitution as between one man and one woman.
In 2019, to mark the 25th anniversary
of becoming an OnA congregation, we set aside a Sunday in June to celebrate and
renew our OnA commitment. Focused on the theme of “Love Is,” the day included
guest preachers and speakers, music honoring LGBTQ+ people, a video of members
testifying about “What It Means To Be Part Of An OnA Congregation,” a meal in
the fellowship hall, and memories shared by those who championed the OnA effort
25 years before. In addition, we amended our congregation’s OnA Covenant to be
inclusive of all gender identities.
People of all sexual orientations and gender identities find welcome, support, and respect at UCCNB.