In the United Church of Christ, we believe that coming out is a holy act, a sacrament of trust and hope, a release of fear and a repudiation of death.
We believe that the Holy One who made us and calls us by name rejoices in our sexuality: our queer bodies, our queer ways of knowing and loving each other, our queer ways of singing, praying, and knowing God.
We condemn violence and stand in solidarity with each other against hatred. We commit ourselves to work for the liberation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people, families, and communities.
We believe we are beloved, just as we are, and relentlessly loved by God who will never let us go.
Rev. Elizabeth Durant, First Congregational UCC, Portland