Open and Affirming

We are an “Open and Affirming Church”, terminology within the United Church of Christ that means we welcome all LGBTQ people to every aspect of our church’s life. The United Church of Christ was the first mainline protestant denomination to ordain an openly gay pastor in 1972, the Rev. William R. Johnson. In the following three decades the national UCC body called “General Synod” has urged equal rights for homosexuals and called on all affiliated congregations to welcome gay, lesbian and bisexual members and staff.

We are a congregation that includes every person, embracing differences of race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, mental and physical ability, age, and socio-economic background.  We welcome everyone to share in all areas of our church.

Read about more UCC Firsts here.

 PFLAG of Elk Grove

The Sacramento Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Friends & Family of Lesbians and Gays) holds meetings in Elk Grove at Elk Grove United Methodist Church (8986 Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove, CA  95624) on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. PFLAG is a support group that promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, their families & friends through support, education and advocacy. Their events are open to all members of the LGBT community, their families, friends and allies. There is no cost to attend. More details here: