Gables UCC seeks to be a diverse and faithful community in which all can find support and nurture for spiritual, emotional, and intellectual growth. As a member of the United Church of Christ, we claim four identities to which we bear witness through our service, commitment, and work.
Open and Affirming
In 1972, the United Church of Christ became the first Christian denomination to ordain an openly gay person. In 1985, the UCC General Synod called upon its congregations to adopt a policy of non-discrimination against lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, and to adopt a Covenant of Openness and Affirmation of persons of lesbian, gay, and bisexual orientation. In 2003, the 24th General Synod updated its statement to include gender identity and gender expression, and in 2005, the UCC became the first mainline church to support marriage equality. Gables UCC is proud to be part of this tradition of welcome and inclusion. In 2000, we passed a motion to become an Open and Affirming congregation, meaning we openly welcome and affirm all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
The UCC defines “just peace” as the interrelation of friendship, justice, and common security from violence. Therefore, to the extent we are able, each member of our congregation will work as a peacemaker in various ways and in many different areas to promote justice for all people. We can start by learning to manage our own anger and by reaching out in our community to care for the earth and provide clean air, clean water, food, health, housing, employment, education, religious freedom, equality, and economic justice for all. In our courtyard, we have placed a peace pole with the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” inscribed on it in many languages, as a reminder of our commitment to the work of peace.
In 2018, Gables UCC became a WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged for Mental Health) Congregation of the UCC. We are one of the first congregations to claim this status, and we now seek to live it out by opening the doors of the church even wider by offering extravagant hospitality to those living with mental illness and brain disorders, and those who care for them. Our WISE Team seeks to provide programming, support, and advocacy in the areas of mental health.
As a community of faith, Gables UCC voted to become a Sanctuary Church which means “we are committed to opening our doors to immigrants and refugees in need of sanctuary. We are open to this call at any time, day or night. We will protect immigrants and refugees from a system that is separating families and deporting people who are woven into the fabric of their communities and congregations.” (Taken from our Sanctuary Covenant voted on in 2018).