We judge people on the basis of character, not on the basis of labels…
This church welcomes all without regard to creed, race, ability, gender, sexual orientation or status. In Christ all are one and all are equal. We judge people on the basis of character, not on the basis of labels. Come and experience the grace and inspiration of God.
Open & Affirming Statement – Approved by the Congregation in June 2009
We rejoice the good news that in Jesus Christ we find that we are all God’s children through faith without distinction.
“For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26-28, NRSV
God calls all faithful people together to be a community of justice and peace. We lament that throughout history, and even in our own time, churches have silently allowed or actively called for hatred, hostility, and exclusion, and have failed to live up to God’s call to inclusion and sanctuary.
Therefore we, the members of Holmdel Community United Church of Christ, covenant together to welcome and embrace all people into the life and ministry of our congregation regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, mental and physical condition, race, ethnicity, nationality, or economic status. With God’s help, we promise to be a church of open arms and open doors, and to celebrate the diversity that reflects the glory of God’s creation. We seek to live as a compassionate community united by faith and diverse in its expression.
Jesus didn’t reject people; neither do we.
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