DEEPENING OUR FAITH
WORKING FOR JUSTICE
- Annual Blessing of the Animals
- Backpacks for Kids
- Charlotte Pride Festival
- Community garden — on the HC campus
- CROP Walk
- Elon Homes and Schools for Children
- Environmental activism
- Friendship Trays — fresh contributions from our Community Garden
- Go Local NC Farms
- Habitat for Humanity
- LGBTQ community outreach
- Men’s Shelter of Charlotte
- Moral Monday
- Room in the Inn — winter hosting for our neighbors experiencing homelessness
- Sandwich Ministry — supporting our hungry neighbors in Charlotte
- Social Media & Social Justice workshops
- The Upper Room — weekday lunchtime devotions
- Urban Ministry Center
OPEN & AFFIRMING
We of Holy Covenant United Church of Christ affirm Christ’s call to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to reach out to all people, including those who have experienced oppression, discrimination, isolation, and ostracism.
We accept the call from the General Synod for congregations to form a Covenant of Openness and Affirmation. We recognize the destructive power of homophobia in our society and among Christians. We seek to act as agents of reconciliation and wholeness within the world, within the Church Universal, and within our congregation. We affirm that all are worthy of love and declare ourselves welcoming to persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities who seek to live in loving relationships.
Therefore, we of Holy Covenant United Church of Christ declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming Congregation, welcoming into the full life and ministry of this family of faith persons of every sexual orientation and gender identity. We join together as a covenantal community to celebrate and share our common communion with the reassurance that we are indeed created by God, reconciled in Christ, and empowered by the grace of the Holy Spirit.
Just a few years later in 2005, the UCC called for Equality in Marriage, a move celebrated by many at Holy Covenant. And in 2014, when the NC General Assembly passed legislation that sought to limit the right of clergy to perform same-gender ceremonies, Holy Covenant again stood up and spoke out against discrimination. Two of our members became parties to a lawsuit that received national attention, and our pastor stood with them to proclaim the absolutely inclusive love of God. The UCC celebrated their courage at its national General Synod in 2015.
Want to learn more about the UCC’s commitment to inclusion?
Click here to visit the UCC’s Open & Affirming Coalition.