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Open & Affirming


FCCE has a long history of being a welcoming community for all people.  We are officially an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ and listed on their web sites.  We welcome all people into the full life and ministry of this church, celebrating our human family's diversity of age, ethnicity, education, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith history, marital status, and physical and mental health. 

Candy Cotton


Once again First Congregational Church of Escondido will celebrate July 2024 as Pride Month.  Sunday, July 28, 2024, will be Pride Sunday with the worship and fellowship time focusing on this important part of the church’s ministry.  Plans are being formed for a special event celebrating God’s extravagant love for all people, “whoever they are and wherever they are on life’s journey.”


The United Church of Christ is an Open and Affirming denomination, welcoming and affirming all people regardless of who they love and how they gender identify.  The UCC ONA movement now includes over 1800 UCC congregations across the country.  We celebrate and follow the example of Jesus who welcomed diverse people and gave the single commandment, that we “love one another.”


Open & Affirming

Official Site

North County LGBTQ

Resource Center

Escondido Union

School District



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