Open and Affirming/Reconciling

In January 2013 the United Parish of Upton overwhelmingly affirmed the following statement:

We the members of the United Parish of Upton (UCC/UMC) believe that all people are created in God’s image and that Jesus commanded us to “love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). We affirm that each individual is a child of God and that together we are called to become one body with many members and many different gifts. As an Open and Affirming/Reconciling congregation, we embrace and welcome persons of every age, race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, physical or mental ability or disability, educational background or socio-economic status into the full life of the church. We invite all to find a spiritual home in the United Parish of Upton and to share in the leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, and blessings of participation in our congregation.


The affirmation of this statement of inclusion, welcome and celebration followed a two year process of inquiry, dialogue and honest soul-searching. Though we did not always see all things in the same way, we arrived at a point of faithful and loving consensus. The United Church of Christ calls ministries like ours "open and affirming." The United Methodist church calls us "a reconciling ministry." By whatever title, we are proud to display the rainbow on our walls and windows, printed pages and homepage. 


Spring 2014 the United Parish sent its first contingent to the Boston Pride parade to march with other "Open and Affirming" congregations from the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ.


We've since then marched in both the Boston Pride and Worcester Pride parades!  Those who march say it's the most fun-filled, joyous celebration of life and acceptance of all, just the way God made us.

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 Worcester Pride - group shot


To connect with our denominational affiliates, follow these links:

Open and Affirming Coalition (United Church of Christ - UCC)

The Reconciling Ministries Network (Unithed Methodist Church - UMC)


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