UCC isn't totally welcoming
REGARDING THE Dec. 2 front-page article "Two networks bar church ad welcoming gays":
While I feel the TV stations are circumventing the social issue, I do not feel the article should lead one to believe that all United Church of Christ churches embrace the gay and lesbian lifestyle.
Unlike the Catholic Church, the UCC doesn't have an autonomous hierarchy that dictates or mandates church policy. The Massachusetts Conference and the General Synod recommend policy guidelines. The individual churches remain independent to establish and carry out their own policies and procedures.
The UCC churches in Natick and Wellesley are wholeheartedly welcoming churches. There are some UCC churches, however, that draw a distinct line between acceptance and tolerance. I think of these churches not yet as open and affirming, but rather as ajar and promising. When the minds in the pews meld with the minds of the highest court in the land, the UCC will truly become a wholly welcoming denomination.
JERRY L. PIERCE