Open & Affirming

Open & Affirming

Welcome to our Open & Affirming Resource Page!

Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome here.

Bay Shore Church is currently engaging in a process of education and discernment to become an Open & Affirming (ONA) congregation of the United Church of Christ.

CLICK HERE to fill out the congregational survey
that was presented at the May 19th Town Hall meeting.

Resources from the Open & Affirming Town Hall Meeting (May 19)

What is Open and Affirming?

“Open and Affirming” (abbreviated ONA) is the nomenclature within the United Church of Christ that identifies a congregation as a welcoming, affirming, inclusive and safe space for all persons, regardless of gender identity or expression or sexual orientation.

Local churches that adopt an ONA position have gone through a process of study and reflection and, by congregational vote, adopted a statement declaring themselves to be an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ.

Please check out the resources below for more information:

Bay Shore Church Carillon Newsletter Articles
We have published several articles in recent issues of the Carillon newsletter as we have begun this process:

Films
We are scheduling screenings of some of these films.  Some DVDs are available to borrow and streaming options are also available.

Helpful Websites