Open and Affirming Statement (ONA)

We, the members of Spirit of Peace of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United Church of Christ understand that faith is a matter of mind as well as heart, and that taking the Bible seriously means it cannot always be taken literally. We understand that God’s love embraces all persons equally, no matter their gender, race, or sexual identity, including sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. We believe that Christ calls us to be nothing less than global citizens, that the social expression of love is justice, and that spiritual concerns are inseparable from commitment to the natural world. We invite everyone to join us in exploring the many ways that God is still speaking. No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!