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Open and Affirming Covenant


We, Congregational United Church of Christ, Newton, Iowa acknowledge that we are intentionally inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Within our congregational life, we make a conscious and deliberate decision to celebrate the Creator’s diversity as uniquely embodied in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.


We invite and welcome into our faith community persons of every gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability, age, race, nationality, economic and social status, faith background, marital standing and family structure.


In our community of faith, all people are encouraged to participate and share their talents and energy in worship and sacraments, leadership positions, authorized ministry, lay ministry, learning, service, mission and fellowship. We believe that this welcome is the living of our congregational statement: No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome in Congregational United Church of Christ.

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