Open and Affirming

On February 5, 2006 following a lengthy process of study, reflection and consultation, the La Selva Beach Community Church changed its mission statement to incorporate an explicit welcome to people of all ages, colors, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. This action was taken in light of our growing understanding of basic Christian teachings, with an emphasis on Jesus’ affirmation “to love your neighbor as yourself.”

This modest action reflects our belief that “God is still speaking” as the UCC slogan puts it. It means that we are called upon continually to study the Scriptures carefully, to listen for the voice of God in the social movements of our time, and to apply our evolving understanding within the church community of which we are a part.

It is in that spirit that we have taken the action to become an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.