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The Peace Dale Congregational Church is pleased to announce that we are now officially an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation, making a public covenant of welcome into our full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. This Open and Affirming statement was adopted by Peace Dale Congregational Church at our congregation’s annual meeting on February 9, 2014.

We believe that all people are created in God’s image and thus are blessed and loved equally by God, and that love is a unifying and strengthening force within our Christian faith.  Therefore, we, the members of the Peace Dale Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, hereby declare ourselves Open and Affirming. We welcome all who seek to follow Jesus, including persons of every age, gender, race, national origin, faith background, marital status and family structure, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical ability, economic and social status, and educational background, to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, sacraments, responsibilities, blessings and joys of our church family. As we grow together in faith and love, we will strive to celebrate the diversity in which God has created us. adapted from the Rocky Hill Congregational Church, Rocky Hill, CT.

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