What does "Open & Affirming" mean?

Our Welcome/Open & Affirming Statement

We, the members of the Garden City Community Church, affirm our faith in Jesus Christ and in the church that He called into being which, by His grace, welcomes all people.

We affirm that all persons are children of God. Therefore, all who demonstrate their desire to follow Christ and be a part of Christ's community by giving public consent to the covenant of our church are welcome to participate fully in the life and ministry of our congregation regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, physical and mental ability, social and economic status, and other differences that might otherwise distinguish us one from another.

The Garden City Community Church is an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ which renews and strengthens its commitment to advocate justice and equality for all people in all areas of society.