We at The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ seek to welcome all God’s people into our fellowship, to minister to one another’s needs and provide opportunities for every person’s full participation in the life and mission of this congregation.
As an Open and Affirming congregation, we recognize the diversity of human nature to be part of God's creation and are committed to being inclusive of all persons regardless of age, race, gender, cultural or faith background, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity, mental or physical ability, marital status, economic circumstances, or political affiliation, and affirm all families and relationships founded on love, respect, responsibility and trust.
As a United Church of Christ congregation ministering in this southern Arizona borderland, where cultural, racial, and religious diversity converge, we also affirm that part of our mission is to work for a just and loving world, giving recognition to all human needs in this unique time and place.
We, as a people who seek to follow Jesus example of “Extravagant Welcome,” invite all, no matter where they are on their faith journeys, into the full life and ministry of this congregation.
Since voting nearly unanimously to become an ONA congregation within the UCC, we have focused our attention on inclusion of all who are diverse, with a special emphasis on those in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) communities.
In order to continue to increase our awareness and become even more welcoming, the Open and Affirming/Diversity Committee has presented panel dialogues with LGBTQ members at our church and from the broader community. Also, in 2010, we presented a panel on homelessness in the Santa Cruz Valley and have identified needs to be addressed in Green Valley, Sahuarita and points south