On Sunday, June 8, 2008, our congregation met and approved the following Open and Affirming resolution:
Cresskill Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is an Open and Affirming community. We find our guidance through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and continue to honor the principle that discrimination is incompatible with Christ’s Gospel of unconditional love.
We believe and affirm that every person has worth as a unique creation made in the image of God. We therefore welcome into the life of our church all persons, including but not limited to those of every race, culture, age, gender, socio-economic status, physical or mental ability, marital status, faith and sexual orientation such as those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
We specifically welcome and affirm: participation in our worship services and sacraments, celebration of life and commitment ceremonies, service as teachers in all facets of Christian Education, and participation in all Church activities, boards and committees, regardless of sexual orientation. As part of our commitment, we affirm equal opportunity employment for all.
We believe with the theologian-philosopher Henri Nouwen that “true liberation is freeing people from the bonds that have prevented them from giving their gifts to others.” We rejoice in committing ourselves to further learning and advocacy to end oppression, discrimination, intolerance and lack of understanding of any specific group of persons.