|Our church is an Open & Affirming Ministry where all persons are welcome. Click HERE for more information on Open & Affirming Ministry.|
Why are we Open and Affirming?
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise. (Galations 3:28-29)
Jesus made a point of excluding no one from his ministry: women and men, Samaritan and Jew, poor and rich, old and young, disabled and healthy, all were welcome in the presence of the teacher from Galilee. We at Fireside Christian Church claim this legacy and seek to make our fellowship a living example of this inclusivity. We welcome all people, regardless of age, race, ethnic heritage, gender, sexual orientation, ability or religious background. We seek and celebrate diversity within our midst: knowing that diversity reminds us of the wonderful variety found within God’s creation, and knowing that diversity calls us to grow beyond our experience and point of view to discover other perspectives and possibilities.
The church, like our greater society, has always experienced difficulties with inclusivity. One area in which society and the church is experiencing great strife and pain involves the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families, friends and loved ones. After much study, prayer, thought and discussion, we at Fireside Christian Church, declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming Congregation. It is our intention that this declaration shall bear witness to our commitment to justice for all people, without exception, and to our desire to carry the love of God to all people, without exception.
He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:38-40)