The United Church of Christ is a church of many firsts, including the first mainline denomination to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, the first predominantly white denomination to ordain an African American, and the first mainline Christian denomination to support same-sex marriage.
Along with the fight for same-sex marriage, we are working faithfully to respond to a wealth of LGBTQ issues. Donations to the UCC through GIVE OUT DAY 2015 will directly support the UCC’s work in two LGBTQ-related areas: human rights in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity, and fully inclusive policies for the Boy Scouts of America’s youth and adult leaders.
Our Health and Wholeness Advocacy Office engages with partner organizations to create safe space for human sexuality conversations, support the needs of LGBTQ persons seeking asylum in the U.S., and advocate for human rights for LGBTQ persons in United Nations policies. And through our UCC BSA Working Group and Scouts for Equality, we work to support full inclusive policy change for all Boy Scouts of America stakeholders – policies that honor youth members and also adult leadership.
The UCC’s motto “That they may all be one,” (John 17:21) and tagline “God is still speaking,” support the Church’s long-standing commitment to social justice issues and its extravagant welcome to all, no matter who they are, or where they are on life’s journey.