MENIFEE – In a unanimous decision, the congregation of Menifee United Church of Christ recently voted to become “Open and Affirming.” Open and Affirming is the term the United Church of Christ denomination uses to indicate that a church welcomes, celebrates and loves everyone, including the LGBT community.
“Menifee UCC always was open to lesbians and gays,” said Senior Minister Bill Freeman. “This vote makes it official that we also affirm the LGBT community for who they are and who they love.”
Last July, Rev. Freeman performed the first same-sex wedding in the 54-year history of the church. Apparently supporting the LGBT community is not without controversy, even in California.
Twice in recent months, Menifee UCC has had two large rainbow flags stolen from the side of the church. The church has since placed two smaller rainbow flags within an enclosed sign in front of the church. Menifee UCC is located at 26701 McCall Boulevard in Menifee.