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Three new ONA churches 10/29/19

Three new ONA churches 10/29/19

Join the Coalition in celebrating these three new ONA churches certified in 2018: Standish Congregational Church UCC in Standish, ME (ONA #1509), First Church of Christ in Unionville, CT (ONA #1510), and First Congregational Church in Huntley, IL (ONA #1511)!

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Three new ONA churches: 10/28/19

Three new ONA churches: 10/28/19

We’re resuming our daily welcome of new ONA churches certified in 2018 and 2019! Today we welcome three: First UCC in Cincinnati (ONA #1506), First Congregational UCC in Cedar Rapids, IA (ONA #1507), and Church of Christ Congregational UCC in Millis, MA (ONA #1508)!

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Trans Visibility March

Trans Visibility March

By Kimi Floyd Reisch On September 28, 2019, I joined denominational leaders, friends, colleagues, and other transgender and nonbinary people for the first National Transgender Visibility March in Washington D.C. When I sat down to write a reflection of that time, I tried to be…

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

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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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