Our Covenant

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Salem United Church of Christ
An Open and Affirming congregation: no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome here!

Open and Affirming Covenant Statement

 The Call

Guided by the love of Jesus Christ, Salem United Church of Christ seeks to be a community of healing, hope and hospitality.  We celebrate the diversity that God created and seek to reflect that diversity in our community of faith.  We covenant to conduct our common life in ways that reflect God’s inclusiveness of people of all nationalities, races, age, abilities, genders, gender identities and sexual orientations.  We believe we are called as disciples of Jesus Christ to discover God’s message by standing with the poor, the victims of injustice, and those on the margins of society.

We believe that we are made in God’s image and that we are called to accept ourselves and our sexuality.  Our sexuality is a gift of God which enriches our lives and deeply touches the reality of our own and others’ humanity.  In standing with those who have been marginalized because of sexual orientation or gender identity, we feel the need to speak and act with enhanced boldness as a congregation and to be more explicit in our inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people into the common life our church.  It is time for Christians to declare that exclusionary practices are incompatible with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Covenant

In response to the call of the 1985 General Synod of the United Church of Christ, we declare ourselves an Open and Affirming congregation and we covenant:

…  To affirm that people of all nationalities, races, ages, abilities, genders, gender identities, marital statuses, and sexual orientations are embraced within the family of God and the fellowship of Salem United Church of Christ.

…  To honor, support and celebrate the partnerships and families of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people; celebrating the image of God in every person and the sacredness of life.

…  To encourage all persons to share their talents and energy in the worship, ministry, mission, educational programs, and leadership of Salem United Church of Christ.

…  Not to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality or marital status when hiring church staff and contracting for goods and services.

…  To condemn acts of homophobic violence, to confront the continuing injustice of institutional discrimination, and to advocate equal protection under the law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

…  To give the Church Council the option to establish a Task Force to work with the congregation and implement the covenant statement in the life and ministry of Salem United Church of Christ.

Our Praise Band – performing “Born This Way” April 28, 2013

At Salem we encourage you to think for yourself and develop an honest and open faith. We are not a creedal or dogmatic church, so there is a great diversity of beliefs held by our members. Yet, there is a unity in our fellowship. We believe that our differences add to the richness and strength of our life together.

We strongly uphold the worth and dignity of individuals and seek to serve all persons regardless of our differences-whether or not they are a part of our church and regardless of their situation in life-for we believe we are all a part of God’s family, live by God’s grace, and are cared for my God’s love.

We seek to be a gathered group of God’s children, empowered by the Holy Spirit in worship, work and witness, and committed to the teachings and example of Jesus Christ.

Together with other UCC congregations, we proclaim that God is Still Speaking, and we invite you to join us as we listen for more truth and light to break forth from God’s holy word.

Please enjoy these video clips from our Easter Celebration:

Karen Kidder Barrett singing “Jesus Christ Superstar”

Kelly Kidder singing “Gethsemane”

Jim Kaiser singing “Listen to the Hammer Ring”

“Long Live God/Day by Day”

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