In response to the boundless grace of God, on April 24, 2016, the members of the First Congregational Church of Riverside revised our 21 year old “Open and Affirming” statement (first set forth in 1995). The revision reconfirmed and expanded our commitment to be a church of extravagant welcome:
OPEN AND AFFIRMING COVENANT: We are a church of extravagant welcome. Our faith leads us to invite and celebrate all persons, including those of every race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, family structure, physical and mental health, social and economic circumstance, and faith journey. Seeking justice and equality for all, we make a commitment to lovingly embrace our diversity with respect, compassion, and understanding. We unconditionally welcome all to share in the full life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, and blessings of our congregation.
All people are welcome at our church.