Because we seek to walk in the way of Jesus, inspired to live compassionately, authentically and honestly, we at the Cotuit Federated Church declare ourselves to be open, affirming and reconciling. We proclaim this covenant of welcome to everyone, especially if you have known the pain of exclusion in the church and society.
At CFC, we have promised to be a conduit of God’s love, a wellspring of spiritual growth, and a sanctuary for holy worship. Know that you will be embraced and loved for who you are. No matter your race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family structure, faith background, abilities, doubts, troubles, or economic circumstances, you are warmly invited to break bread at our communion table, to share in all the sacraments, fellowship, ministries, leadership roles, joys and sorrows of our faith community.
We will journey with you. We will believe in you, encourage you to believe in your gifts and to go where you feel holy and alive as a beloved, beautiful, strong child of God.
No matter who you are or where you are on that journey, you are more than welcome here.
We unanimously adopted this covenant on June 12, 2016, just as news was breaking of the shootings at Pulse Nightclub. The timing of our vote and this violence coinciding strengthens our resolve to be a beacon of God’s extravagant welcome — to be witnesses of the ancient words of the disciple John who invites us: “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love” and the modern words of Lin Manuel Miranda that “And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside.”
You can learn more about what it means to be Open and Affirming or to be Reconciling as it is defined by our two traditions by clicking the pictures to the left.