Support the Coalition and the ONA movement!




You can help shape the future of the Open and Affirming movement in the United Church of Christ, and beyond!

In 2022, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of LGBTQ+ advocacy in the United Church of Christ, beginning with the ordination in 1972 of the first openly gay minister in church history, William R. Johnson, and the founding of the Coalition a few months later. The movement Bill and many others built over the years has now become the largest and fastest-growing LGBTQ church movement in the world!

During those decades the Coalition has led the United Church of Christ towards a vision of a community gathered in the name of Jesus Christ where all are wanted, all are welcome, no one is left behind.

But we are not done—this work to which we have been called is not yet complete. We’re proud that more than 1,800 UCC congregations have adopted Open and Affirming covenants, but 3,000 churches are still not part of our family. We won’t rest until the UCC is a church that is 100% Open and Affirming to all people, no matter who they are, where they are on life’s journey, or whom they love along that road.

The Coalition is an independent non-profit, and our national ONA program receives no regular funding from Our Church’s Wider Mission. More than 60 percent of our budget depends on gifts from individuals and ONA congregations. Your gift—large or small—will make a difference in the lives of countless LGBTQ seekers who still have not heard the message that there is a church where they and their families are safe.

Here’s how your support will change our church

■ We’ll expand resources, training programs and our churchwide network of ONA consultants to help congregations work towards an ONA covenant in ways that build consensus and reduce conflict.

■ We’ll expand our series of webinars and workshops to train ONA churches in the best practices for advocacy, evangelism, communication and growth.

■ We’ll support ONA congregations in their advocacy for LGBTQ youth, seniors and asylum-seekers.

■ We’ll help ONA churches resist attempts to roll back LGBTQ+ civil rights.

■ We’ll build ONA support structures in every Conference of the United Church of Christ.

In 2023, you can be part of a revival of the Open and Affirming movement in the United Church of Christ. Together, we can reclaim the vision of our movement’s founders in 1985: of a church where not some, but all congregations live out Christ’s call for justice, reconciliation and peace.

To contribute, you can make a secure online donation. You may also commit to becoming a sustaining supporter of this movement.

Thank you for keeping faith with the vision of the Open and Affirming movement!