Open and Affirming

We are an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.

Rep. Athena Hollins (DFL-St. Paul district 66B) was our guest speaker
during worship on Pride Sunday, June 26, 2022.

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Rev. Wilgocki gladly officiates at same-sex weddings. Below is a photo of
Kevin and Ken on their wedding day, June 21, 2014.

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Our current Open and Affirming Statement was adopted by the congregation on January 29, 2023. The prior (original) ONA Statement was adopted in 1998.

We, the congregation of St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.

We welcome all persons into the life of this church as full partners in ministry: our worship, sacraments, work, and service.

We lament the Christian Church’s long history of discrimination and its many abuses. The Church’s persecution of those who identify as LGBTQ+ often causes isolation, fear, harm, and even death.

We embrace Jesus’ example to proclaim release to the captives, to set at liberty the oppressed (Luke 4:18), and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31).

Relying on God's grace, we strive to be a congregation open to all people. We hold an absolute position of non-discrimination with regard to sexuality, gender identity and expression, race, class, age, mental and physical ability, citizenship, and marital status. We honor the diversity of the human experience as a gift from God, affirming all families and relationships founded on mutual trust, dignity, and love.

We pledge to work for the full inclusion of all people, believing that “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:38-39).

+Note: In this context, LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning, as well as intersex & inquiring, asexual, agender, aromantic, ally, plus other identities such as two-spirit, non-binary, pansexual, demisexual, and many more. We believe God is still speaking, and we anticipate our language will evolve as we grow.

Photos from the 2012 GLBT Pride Parade

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This page last modified on March 25, 2023