We are proud to be part of the
United Church of Christ's long tradition
of valuing people as they are,
and being in the forefront
of movements against discrimination.
Our life together is made richer
by a diversity of perspectives,
backgrounds and gifts.
Come as you are, share yourself
and open up to what others have to give.
Meridian United Church of Christ of Wilsonville, Oregon ["Frog Pond Church"] reaffirms its belief that the Gospel of Jesus Christ calls upon us to be committed to justice and to be "open and affirming" to all persons. As a witness to these beliefs, we make the following covenant of openness and affirmation:
We extend welcome to all people who honestly search for Christian community and desire a church home. To be specific, we welcome persons of
• each gender
• all ages
• all economic levels
• all racial and cultural identifications
• all sexual orientations [straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered]
• all mental and physical abilities
into the full life and ministry [i.e., participation, membership, leadership and employment] of the church. We hereby covenant with one another to strive to be a church that is
• Committed to justice,
• Open and Affirming, and
• Accessible to All.
Starting in 2001, Meridian United Church of Christ has given this award to honor an Oregonian whose life and work embodies the biblical vision of a just and inclusive community. Honorees include:
Tony Hopson, Sr.
Bernie Foster and Bobbie Dore Foster
Learn more about the United Church of Christ’s history of groundbreaking inclusiveness and social action.