Here at Glade we express our commitment to our values in tangible ways.
WE ARE AN OPEN & AFFIRMING CHURCH
Everyone is welcome at our table. Gay, straight, single, married, widowed, divorced, rich, poor, healthy, ill, left, right, sure or unsure. For many years, Glade and the United Church of Christ have welcomed members of the the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and we seek to continue to widen that welcome. The congregation voted to be “Open & Affirming” in 1999 and LGBT persons are fully a part of our community and our church’s leadership. While we are advocates for marriage equality and seek to further understanding about sexuality, several of our members have been known to say something like, “I love it that we are welcome here, but I am especially glad that my sexuality is not considered all that interesting.” Be who you are. Love who you love.
WE ARE A SAFE CHURCH
Children are a vital and vibrant part of our community. We want them to have so much fun here that they become the ones pushing their parents to attend. We want them to build meaningful friendships and learn the stories of our faith. We want them to experience the love of God and this community. And, we want them to be safe. In 2015, Glade adopted a policy affirming its commitment to being a safe church. With this policy, we made the commitment to be sure that everyone working with children and youth have background checks on file and that there are always two adults with every group of children.