Inclusivity & Welcome at La Foret
La Foret has historically welcomed groups from a wide variety of traditions, including but not limited to: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalists Association, Catholic, Methodist, Evangelical, Baptist, Baha’i, Jewish, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a variety of spiritual but not religious groups. Schools, private and public, have come for challenge ropes, religious education, and service projects. Counseling and recovery groups are frequent visitors. Children, youth and adult camps fill summer months. Native American Ute Tribes have held prayer retreats focused on the Ute modified ponderosa trees on this historically Ute land.
We are truly open to all, and we work to honor your theological positions, beliefs, practices and traditions. Please bring your program here knowing that our mutual priority is the need of your participants. We do not proselytize or promote during your visit here.
However, we are a facility of the United Church of Christ, and our Board of Directors have adopted the following declarations consistent with the wider UCC that we use when creating our own La Foret programs. You are not required to agree with these statements to visit us here at La Foret.
Open and Affirming declaration:
The Board of Directors of La Foret affirm that all persons are created by God and are equal in worth and dignity. We recognize, celebrate and give thanks for the many diverse gifts of God among us. We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming facility of the UCC, welcoming into full participation in the Body of Christ persons of every race, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic origin, physical and mental ability, economic status and nationality. We joyously pledge ourselves to be an Open and Affirming facility, providing a safe welcome for a diverse people.
Peace with Justice Declaration:
The Board of Directors of La Foret believe Jesus’ teachings call us to enact shalom, to live in wholeness, harmony, community well-being and with equal justice. We affirm a process of justice-making and peace-making which encourages open dialogue, reconciliation, constructive change and nonviolence. Therefore, we are called and committed to being a Peace with Justice Facility of the UCC in our operation, education, community life and outreach.
Blessing of Unions and Same-Sex Marriage
The Board declares its support of UCC Clergy and other denominations regarding the blessing of unions and same-sex marriage.