Rev. Beth Long-Higgins will be presenting the Message on August 11th!
Rev. Beth will share her unique perspective of how we care for seniors who are part of the LGBTQ Community and her work at United Church Homes. She is the Director of Church and Community Relations of United Church Homes, she is also the wife of our Interim Conference Minister David Long Higgins.
Rev. Beth Long-Higgins joined the staff at United Church Homes in 2013 after having served two congregations as co-pastor along with her spouse, Dave, over the course of 25 years. The latest congregation being David’s United Church of Christ in Canal Winchester. Beth is currently serving UCH as the executive director of the Ruth Parker Center for Abundant Aging with United Church Homes. She is a graduate of Heidelberg (College) University with degrees in psychology and music and holds an M.Div. from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Beth is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, musician, fiber artist and mother of two adult children.
11:15 a.m. There will be a Faith Formation opportunity with questions and answers and a video.
Pizza Lunch to Follow.
We are in the process of becoming
Open and Affirming. (ONA)
First Congregational UCC, is working on becoming an official Open and Affirming Church. We began the Open and Affirming (ONA) Process in July of 2018. In the United Church of Christ their is no hierarchy that determines if a church is ONA rather it is the local church that discerns its call to follow in the path of love and acceptance.
Over the past year, we have had Congregational Conversations, Book Studies, Sermons, Movies and other Affirming Events helping us realize our call and mission to love LGBTA+ folks. If you would like more info on our process or are looking for a church home please call the church office and we will be happy to connect you with a gracious advocate. 440-576-4531
A Little From the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of faith often experience emotional and spiritual injury in churches that condemn their capacity to love and seek love. Because they’ve learned that “All Are Welcome” usually doesn’t apply to them, they can’t assume that any church will be safe for them and their families.
A public welcome by an Open and Affirming (ONA) church sends a clear message to LGBT seekers that they have a home in the United Church of Christ.
A congregation’s affirmation and support through an ONA covenant can be a life-changing and life-saving experience—especially for LGBT youth.
A public welcome to LGBT seekers helps churches grow. When new ONA churches attract new members, many of them are young straight couples starting new families: they identify with the values ONA represents, and want their children to learn the faith in a welcoming church.
By adopting an ONA covenant, a congregation is taking seriously St. Paul’s admonition to “accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7, NIV)