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UCC statement on laws legalizing discrimination by adoption services

UCC statement on laws legalizing discrimination by adoption services

Protect Every Family Statement from the United Church of Christ on Laws Allowing Adoption Agencies to Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples and Transgender Parents In Oklahoma, Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a law that allows state-funded adoption agencies to turn away lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender…

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Graceful Engagement

Graceful Engagement

This commentary by Coalition Executive Director Andy Lang was published Aug. 26, 2018, in “Witness for Justice,” a weekly opinion published by the United Church of Christ Justice and Local Ministries. I’m sometimes asked why there are 1,500 Open and Affirming (ONA) congregations in the…

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Sign the petition: The “Nashville Statement” is an affront to our values as Christians!

Sign the petition: The “Nashville Statement” is an affront to our values as Christians!

 

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Pastor Mak Kneebone is Coalition’s first transgender president

Pastor Mak Kneebone is Coalition’s first transgender president

The Rev. Mak Kneebone, pastor of Plymouth United Church in Spring, TX, is the Open and Affirming Coalition’s new president. Kneebone was elected by the Coalition’s Leadership Team at its meeting in July in Baltimore. “I’m  so pleased that Mak is willing to take on…

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Joint Coalition-UCC statement on trans military ban

Joint Coalition-UCC statement on trans military ban

  The United Church of Christ and the Open and Affirming Coalition stand today with our transgender members, neighbors, friends and family throughout this country. This morning, President Trump imposed a total ban on service by transgender Americans in the United States Armed Forces. The action…

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Creating Change created community, connections and coalitions

Creating Change created community, connections and coalitions

By Jason Carson Wilson Justice and Peace Policy Fellow, Justice and Witness Ministries We asked Jason Carson Wilson from Justice and Witness Ministries’ Washington office to blog about “Creating Change,” the annual gathering of the National LGBTQ Task Force.  Creating Change created community and connections. That…

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2017 can be the best year ever for the Open and Affirming movement — if we stand together!

2017 can be the best year ever for the Open and Affirming movement — if we stand together!

December 2016 Dear Open and Affirming family: The new year will bring new challenges to the Open and Affirming movement. I’m asking for your support, and your congregation’s support, so we can meet these challenges with confidence and strength. It’s too early to predict exactly…

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RIPPLES: Now is the time for ONA churches to stand up

RIPPLES: Now is the time for ONA churches to stand up

Read the latest issue of RIPPLES, the Coalition’s free email newsletter for the Open and Affirming movement in the United Church of Christ. In this issue: Latest on Trump transition, with a focus on potential threats to marriage equality, LGBTQ civil rights, and the transgender…

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After the Election: a Pastoral Letter to ONA Churches

After the Election: a Pastoral Letter to ONA Churches

Join Andy Lang at our ONA 201 webinar Nov. 15 or Dec. 6 to learn about next steps for your ONA church.   Dear Open and Affirming family: If there was ever any question that the Open and Affirming movement is urgently needed–in our church,…

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RIPPLES: ONA 201 webinars for your church!

RIPPLES: ONA 201 webinars for your church!

Latest issue of RIPPLES, the Coalition’s free email newsletter for UCC churches. In this issue: ONA 201 webinars Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Dec. 6! New resource on the Bible and transgender experience Building an Inclusive Church workshops may be near you! Spirit Day 2016: get…

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