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VERGE is an LGBTQ and Allies group created by members of Vine Congregational UCC in Lincoln, NE to offer an all inclusive safe space in the community for everyone to come together to explore various opportunities for discussion, faith, engagement, comfort, learning, and fun.
An important part of what makes the UCC so wonderful is our capacity to offer compassion and acceptance to all of God’s children. Every day we affirm the words— “No matter who you are and where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome”. This includes those of us who are part of the LGBTQ community and its allies.
VERGE is Vine’s opportunity to stand behind our commitment to being open and affirming and offer a safe space where everyone is welcome regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, Christian education, or any other identity factor that would unfortunately set them apart by many other churches and their community. We encourage anyone who identifies as part of the LGBTQ community, or who has friends or family who do, or who seek to be an ally to the community, to join us in this alliance. Our hope is that VERGE will become a source of fellowship, mission, and learning opportunities for the Vine family as well as the greater Lincoln community.