Dates Flown: Month of June
The rainbow flag or gay pride flag is flown on occasions such as Gay Pride Month every June, and there are rainbow-themed symbols on display at our church at all times.
Federated is an Open and Affirming Congregation (ONA) as defined by the UCC denomination, which means that LGBTQ persons are welcomed and nurtured here.
We have received many questions about the prominent display of the rainbow flag at our church. We display the flag because we do, in fact, welcome members of the LGBTQ community into full participation in our church family, and have had such participation for decades.
The welcome (or exclusion) of LGBT people is a defining issue for many churches today, and it is important that we make it clear, in no uncertain terms, which side of this debate we fall on. This is meaningful for members of the LGBTQ community, who may have been shunned or hurt by churches in the past, for relatives and friends of LGBTQ persons who have seen people they love treated in unloving ways, and for all people looking for communities who value real inclusion.
It is also important to know that the rainbow flag does not define our inclusion and welcome – our welcome is not limited to the LGBTQ community. The rainbow flag merely illustrates our inclusion and welcome, and communicates to all that we “Draw the Circle Wide.”
For Federated’s complete ONA statement, click here.