First Congregational Church of Long Beach is a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC). The United Church of Christ.
The United Church of Christ's history is full of important “firsts”: our forebears were the first to ordain a woman, we founded the first university on American soil (Harvard), and we played vital roles in the abolitionist movement and the civil rights movement.
Our church has publicly declared that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people (or those of all sexual orientations) are welcome in its full life and ministry. It bespeaks a spirit of hospitality and a willingness to live out that welcome in meaningful ways. Following the lead of our denomination, the United Church of Christ.
Be it resolved that the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, United Church of Christ, declares itself to be an Open and Affirming Church , welcoming into its membership, employment and leadership, persons of gay, lesbian and bisexual orientation.
In 2002, the statement was amended to include transgender persons.