Open and Affirming

Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions

On September 16, 2004, The First Congregational United Church of Christ adopted this statement:

We, the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Canton, Illinois believe that people of all sexual orientations share the worth that comes from being unique individuals created by God.  Believing this, we declare ourselves to be Open and Affirming of women and men of all sexual orientations who desire to share in our services, our leadership and our activities.