First Congregational Church of San Jose voted to become Open and Affirming in 1998, and created this statement of inclusion:
We, the First Congregational Church of San Jose, United Church of Christ, following the example of Jesus Christ, affirm that we are all children of God and choose to be known as a welcoming, diverse, and accepting place of worship. Therefore, 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 advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the UCC, and equips UCC congregations to become effective witnesses to Christ’s extravagant welcome. The Coalition’s core ministry is the growing movement of Open and Affirming (ONA) churches in the United Church of Christ. ONA is now the largest and fastest-growing LGBT-welcoming movement in the Body of Christ. We welcomed ONA church #1 in 1986 and church #1,000 in 2012. Today there are more than 1,400 ONA congregations in the UCC.