- Open and Affirming
This video history of the Open and Affirming Coalition (formerly the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns) is incomplete: it does not mention the leadership of transgender people in the Coalition or the 2003 General Synod resolution affirming the rights of transgender persons.
The Rev. William R. Johnson is the first openly gay minister ordained in the United Church of Christ, and UCC members found the UCC Gay Caucus (later the Open and Affirming Coalition).
The UCC’s General Synod approves a resolution “Deploring the Violation of Civil Rights of Gay and Bisexual Persons.”
The Rev. Anne Holmes is the first openly lesbian minister ordained in the UCC.
The UCC’s General Synod urges UCC congregations to “Declare Themselves Open and Affirming.” The Coalition accepts responsibility to fund, manage and grow the Open and Affirming (“ONA”) movement.
The Coalition certifies the first 15 ONA congregations.
General Synod adopts a strong resolution “Deploring Violence against Lesbian and Gay People.”
General Synod calls for an end to the prohibition of military service by gay and lesbian citizens.
General Synod approves a resolution on “Prevention of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth Suicide.”
General Synod votes for a resolution “Affirming the Participation and Ministry of Transgender People within the United Church of Christ and Supporting their Civil and Human Rights.”
Resolution affirming “Equal Marriage Rights for All” is adopted by General Synod.
General Synod affirms the adoption rights of LGBT couples and urges congregations to provide sanctuary for LGBT refugees seeking sanctuary in the U.S.
The UCC welcomes ONA congregation #1,000. In November, Open and Affirming churches play a key role in victories for marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington state.
The UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns changes its name to the “Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ,” reflecting the Coalition’s continued responsibility for the churchwide ONA movement and reaffirming its goal to lead every congregation in the UCC towards an ONA covenant.