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November 4, 2010 (Kensington) -- The congregation of Kensington Community Church (KCC) United Church of Christ voted on October 10th to become an “open and affirming” church.


“Our church has had a long history of welcoming all,” says Debra Loomis, the chairwoman of KCC’s Open and Affirming committee. “Yet, the recent suicides of gay teens who were bullied made this vote especially timely. We must make our voices of love and affirmation heard over the shouts of bigotry and homophobia.”


Church members stated their commitment to welcoming the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGTB) community, as well as all those in society who are marginalized.


Kensington Community Church is the fourth United Church of Christ congregation in San Diego and one of more than 400 UCC churches nationwide to declare itself Open and Affirming. In their new stated policy, KCC members chose to affirm their welcome to the LGBT community as well as to people with mental or physical disabilities, military veterans, people of color, and others.


The church’s first gay wedding was performed in 2009, and the first baptism of a child with gay parents was conducted in 2009.


To read the KCC’s Open and Affirming policy or learn more about its programs, visit, or call 619.284-1129.

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