Our faith is 2000 years old. Our thinking is not.
We believe in God’s continuing testament. That is why we are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today. We try to remain attentive to God’s creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and your heart are both welcomed into our places of worship. We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and the future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking. Why? Because God is still speaking.
No matter who you are or where you are in life’s journey, you are welcome here.
We believe in extravagant welcome. That is why we insist that God’s communion table is open, not closed, and God’s gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable. We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love. We teach that evangelism – offering bread to those in search of it – is God’s mission. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with – not against people of other faiths. Why? Because God is still speaking.
Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
We believe the church’s mission is to change lives – individually, systematically and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God’s grace. This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships. Why? Because God is still speaking.
Isn’t it time for religion with relevance?
We are not a perfect church but we do try to be faithful. We are known for arriving early on issues of inclusivity and justice. We were the first to ordain an African American pastor (1785), a woman (1853), an openly gay person (1972), and the first to affirm same-gender marriage equality (2005). We believe faith requires tenderness and courage, a kind of big love that is committed to changing people’s lives – in our churches, but also in the world around us. We call it religion with relevance. Why not give us a try.
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Dover Congregational United Church of Christ is an Open and Affirming congregation. We affirm that God’s grace is available to all. We welcome people of all ages, genders, races, views, abilities, sexual orientations, expressions and identities, ethnic, educational and economic backgrounds into the full life and ministry of our church. We declare this in the name of God, whose Son, Jesus Christ, welcomed all people into God’s circle of grace.
Adopted by the congregation on September 21, 2008
Amended by the congregation on April 14, 2014
“Open and Affirming” (ONA) is a movement of more than 1,200 churches that welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members. More than 275,000 members of the United Church of Christ belong to ONA churches—and our movement is growing.
-from the Open and Affirming Coalition