All are welcome at Neighborhood Congregational Church, without regard to lifestyle, theological stance, race, gender, economic status, creed, or any of the many other barriers that sometimes separate humans from one another. In the United Church of Christ, we call this inclusive attitude “Open and Affirming.” We strive to be open to any and affirming of all! See our connection to the Open and Affirming Movement at this link!
The Supreme Court of the United States of America (SCOTUS) has been listening to oral arguments on the constitutionality of The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA states that marriage is between one man and one woman, but now it is our time to show the depth of equality and justice for all. Let’s pray for full inclusion in this great land of expanding inclusion with every new century! Learn other ways to show your support by visiting http://www.lighttojustice.org/
Laguna’s own Nick Hernandez performED as part of the June 26 celebration of Neighborhood Congregational Church’s 5-year anniversary of proclaiming its open and welcoming attitude by adopting an official “Open and Affirming” statement as part of the United Church of Christ. Nick I brings his own songs of inclusion and acceptance to the celebrative day during the 10 a.m. worship service.
We Celebrated Diversity and Inclusion at Neighborhood Church
June 26, 2011
OPEN AND AFFIRMING CELEBRATION
NCC’s Five Year Anniversary as an ONA Congregation
Worship 10:00 a.m.
Special Music from Nick Hernandez
Reception following in Bridge Hall
Film Screening 12:00 noon
“Fish Out of Water”
You might think you know where the Bible stands on the subject of homosexuality, but when was the last time you actually checked? In the spirited documentary Fish out of Water, filmmaker Ky Dickens explores the seven Bible passages notoriously used to condemn homosexuality and justify marriage discrimination. With the help of a cartoon narrator, animated recollections of Bible passages and witty illustrations, Fish out of Water makes this polarizing subject accessible and non‐threatening.
Neighborhood Congregational Church hosted a free screening of Fish Out of Water on Sunday, June 26, at 12 noon in Bridge Hall. The film screening followed the church’s 5-year anniversary celebration of being an official “Open and Affirming Church” in The United Church of Christ during the 10 a.m. worship service. Laguna’s own Nick Hernandez performed as part of the 10 a.m. celebration, with his own songs of inclusion and acceptance.