First Congregational Church of San Jose voted to be Open and Affirming in 1999, and created this statement of inclusion:
Following the example of Jesus Christ, we affirm that we are all children of God and choose to be known as a welcoming, diverse, and accepting place of worship. We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming church, welcoming all into our community of faith in the assurance that we are all created by God, reconciled by Christ, and empowered by the grace of the Holy Spirit.
The Open and Affirming Coalition of
the United Church of Christ
The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ (formerly known as the UCC Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns) is a national organization working toward the full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender expressions in church and society. It created the Open and Affirming Program to encourage congregations and other settings of the church to directly welcome LGBT people.