Open and Affirming (ONA) has been Adopted
Following two years of prayer, education, discussion and listening, Hokuloa voted to become an Open and Affirming Congregation. We thank everyone who participated in this important discernment process. May we continue to be a bold witness for God's inclusive and unconditional LOVE!
“Open and Affirming” (ONA) is a movement of more than 1,500 churches and other ministries in the United Church of Christ that welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) members. Hokuloa is the sixth UCC congregation in the state and the first on Hawaii Island to become an Open and Affirming congregation.
On Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 the Congregation fully adopted an Open and Affirming Covenant.
May we continue to be a bold witness for God's inclusive and unconditional LOVE!At Hokuloa United Church of Christ, we seek to create an inclusive and diverse community of faith.Our welcome knows no boundaries as Jesus welcomed all with open arms. We embody God’s welcome through being a safe place and refuge.We recognize that within the church and wider society Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) individuals have experienced condemnation and exclusion.As Christians, we deplore prejudice and oppose discrimination of any kind, as God has created each one of us in the divine image and blessed us with infinite worth.For these reasons, we declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming Congregation (ONA), welcoming all, including people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identification, into our life and faith.No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here at Hokuloa ONA Covenant Adopted November 2019.