We, the members of the Norwich Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, declare ourselves to be an open and affirming congregation. God created each of us. As recipients of God's grace and love, unearned and freely given, we are called to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Accordingly, we will strive to welcome people of every sexual orientation, ethnic origin, physical or mental ability, economic status, marital status, or age as we welcome all God's children, regardless of any distinction that has become a barrier to the love we are commanded to embody. With God's help, we will work to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.