No Matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

Open and Affirming

Lakewood United Church of Christ is an Open and Affirming church, respecting all God’s children regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Lakewood United Church of Christ is proud to be an Open and Affirming congregation since 2001. Open & Affirming (O&A) means we welcome everyone who identifies as queer, straight, non-binary, transgender, lesbian, bisexual, gay. We do more than welcome everyone on the spectrum of sexuality and sexual expression, we believe God made sexuality in a rainbow of expressions and called it good. We believe each person is loved by God, and God works through them, no matter their sexual orientation, expression, or identity.  

O&A means everyone is invited into full participation in the life of our church – worship and sacraments, singing in the choir, serving in leadership, teaching Faith Formation, and more.

In 2021, we are celebrating 20 years of being an Open and Affirming church by celebrating all year long. Not only will we celebrate, we are using this anniversary as an opportunity for whole church engagement as we ask ourselves, “How are we continuing to live into our Open & Affirming identity?” Through celebration, education, and advocacy & allyship, we continue to widen God’s welcome.


We are grateful for the work and resources offered by the United Church of Christ’s Open & Affirming Coalition. Find out more here – https://openandaffirming.org/