Open and Affirming

On January 22, 2017, the congregation of Stowe Community Church voted to approve the following Declaration of Openness and Affirmation….

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

“…and one of them, a lawyer, asked Jesus a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’  Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the greatest and the first commandment.  And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”  (Matthew 22:35-40)

In light of the Bible’s teaching and reflective of our own purpose and vision, we, the members of Stowe Community Church, strive to be open to all who seek the grace and love of God. We affirm that all are children of God created in God’s image and all are welcome in the full life and ministry of our congregation. As part of this fundamental philosophy, we welcome same sex wedding ceremonies to our church building and support our minister in the performance of the same wherever he may have opportunity.

Recognizing that we are not of one mind, yet called to ministries of reconciliation and wholeness within our church and in the world, we covenant to be an Open and Affirming congregation. With God’s help, we will work “… to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.” (Micah 6:8)