Commitment to Diversity

At Old First we believe that each individual reflects aspects of God’s image, for example: the female image, the Black image, the gay image, the youthful image, the immigrant image, the poor image, the otherly-abled image… Only together in our diversity and service, do we begin to resemble the full glory of God.

Practicing that core value, Old First welcomes and accepts everyone regardless of what they look like, where they were born, how they talk, the size of their bank account, who they love, the challenges they face.

In 1995, Old First put its belief in people as God’s wonderful creation into words by officially becoming an “Open and Affirming” congregation (ONA) of the United Church of Christ. That means that we are committed to welcoming people of every race, language, age, gender, ethnicity, economic status, mental or physical ability, and sexual orientation into the full life and ministry of the church.

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at Old First!

Open & Affirming Resolution, as approved by the congregation on November 19, 1995