Learn About Riverside – 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.

In May, 2013 the members of Riverside Church adopted the following statement and voted to officially and publicly declare Riverside to be an “Open and Affirming” church.

Open and Affirming Statement

We, the members of Riverside Community Church United Church of Christ have known the joy of being accepted and affirmed by God and by one another.

We rejoice and find strength in our diversity—each one of us a precious and unique part of the Body of Christ.

With the grace of God, we welcome all people into the life and ministry of this community of faith. We seek to celebrate, embrace and learn from our differences, including those of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.