Open and Affirming (ONA)

Be who you are, love who you love


First Church and the United Church of Christ offer a longstanding welcome to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The congregation voted to be “Open & Affirming” in 1994 and LGBT folk are fully a part of our community and leadership. Our denomination has taken prophetic stands over many years in support of LGBT inclusion.

Read the "Open & Affirming" (ONA) Statement that appears in our Order of Worship each Sunday...


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Marriage Couples

Marriage Equality

First Church celebrates that the LGBTQ community has marriage equality. First Church played an active
role on this issue. Read



Staff &

Several members of the
First Church staff are part
of the LGBT/same gender loving community. Other LGBT church members serve or have served in leadership roles in the church.


Transgender Inclusion

transgender pride flagOn Sunday, April 19, In an official congregational meeting, First Congregational Church of Berkeley voted to amend its Open and Affirming Statement to include the phrases "gender identity" and "gender expression" to be more welcoming to the transgender community. Read more...


The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ

The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ (formerly known as the UCC Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns) is a national organization working toward the full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender expressions in church and society. It created the Open and Affirming Program to encourage congregations and other settings of the church to directly welcome LGBT people.

More about the Coalition...