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  • Published
    March 20, 2010

    The First Church Welcoming Statement

    The following is the text of the welcoming statement adopted by the First Church, UCC at its annual meeting Jan. 24: We, the people of the First Church in Belfast, United Church of Christ, declare ourselves to be a gathered body of Christians, ever open to the voice of the Still Speaking God. In the spirit of those who worshiped here before us for over 200 years, we strive to witness God's love and Jesus' ...

  • Published
    March 20, 2010

    With ‘Open and Affirming’ vote, First Church extends 200-year tradition

    At its annual meeting Jan. 24, the First Church in Belfast, United Church of Christ, voted to accept a welcoming statement (see link at the bottom of this story), and thus became an Open and Affirming congregation. The statement had been crafted by members of the church's Open and Affirming Team — also known as the ONA Team — published in the church newsletter so that members could comment on it, and presented to ...

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