Happy National Coming Out Day!

not-alone-imageIn 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






We mourn the victims of mass murder at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. As people of faith, we publicly declare our love for LGBTQ people, especially Latinx and Black queer folk. We embrace our Muslim friends, family and neighbors and wish them a Blessed Ramadan. As we pray for peace, we also recommit ourselves to working for a world without violence and oppression.

We acknowledge that this shooting is part of a larger culture of hostility toward transgender, gender nonconforming, lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. We reject the use of religion to promote judgment or violence toward LGBTQ people. We disavow rhetoric that seeks to devalue and dehumanize Latinx people. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community against Islamophobia, anti-Muslim bigotry, and the scapegoating of Islam for this act of violence.

As people of faith, we long for a world where love triumphs over hate and fear. Our faith calls us to seek justice. We commit to working so that all people can flourish and live whole, authentic lives. #LoveForOrlando


ucc justice revival header smJustice & Witness Ministries with the Central Pacific & Pacific Northwest UCC Conferences invite you to a time of inspiring worship, preaching, and training to fan the flames of justice in the Northwest. We seek hearts aglow with the fire of the Holy Spirit! We come together to pray and proclaim, to sing and rejoice, to receive an abundance of grace in our lives, our ministries and our churches. Like the disciples after Pentecost, we gather to be re-inspired to be Christ’s Church in the world.

First Congregational United Church of Christ, Vancouver, WA
1220 NE 68th St., Vancouver, WA
Saturday, November 8, 2014 — 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

REGISTER HERE:  http://bit.ly/RegisterJusticeRevival

More information and flyers here: http://bit.ly/StokingFiresOfJustice