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Marriage equality in only one Florida county Jan. 6, or the whole state?

Marriage equality in only one Florida county Jan. 6, or the whole state?

Will rural Washington County be the only county in Florida that will issue same-sex marriage licenses on Jan. 6? The state’s court filing later today, and a federal judge’s response, may answer that question. Read more

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RIPPLES newsletter: National ONA Gathering, transgender health insurance, ONA movement grows to 1,239 churches

RIPPLES newsletter: National ONA Gathering, transgender health insurance, ONA movement grows to 1,239 churches

December 17, 2014 NATIONAL ONA GATHERING: OUR 30TH BIRTHDAY! The Coalition’s National Open and Affirming Gathering meets in Cleveland June 24 and 25—right before General Synod! Get your Synod experience off to a great start with this family reunion for our nationwide ONA community, with…

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Ferguson, Cleveland, New York City: Advent resources

Ferguson, Cleveland, New York City: Advent resources

We share these resources for congregations wanting to acknowledge in prayer and action the tragic events in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York City, and what they mean to all of our communities. An “Open Letter to the United Church of Christ” from 140 UCC leaders,…

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Thanksgiving: Giving thanks for the ONA family

Thanksgiving: Giving thanks for the ONA family

Dear ones, As you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Open and Affirming Coalition staff join together in giving thanks for all of you in our growing ONA family. We give thanks because you are part of a movement that is saving lives, where LGBT seekers…

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Ferguson: the Coalition’s call for prayer and justice

Ferguson: the Coalition’s call for prayer and justice

As we wait for the grand jury decision in Ferguson, the Open and Affirming Coalition joins with many other voices from the United Church of Christ who are calling for justice and reconciliation in Ferguson and in all communities divided by hopelessness and racial injustice. We…

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Supreme Court: today we celebrate a victory, and turn towards the future

Supreme Court: today we celebrate a victory, and turn towards the future

Today’s action by the Supreme Court means that same-sex marriage is now legal in five more states–Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah and Colorado. The decision also brings marriage equality closer in six other states–North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming. It’s likely…

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Supreme Court action means marriage equality legalized in five states, six others likely in near future

Supreme Court action means marriage equality legalized in five states, six others likely in near future

The Supreme Court’s announcement today means that same-sex marriages can begin in five states: Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Utah. It also means our right to marry may soon be recognized in six other states: North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming….

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NPR: UCC, Open and Affirming churches, support Gay Games

NPR: UCC, Open and Affirming churches, support Gay Games

National Public Radio featured the United Church of Christ and the Open and Affirming movement  in its coverage of the Gay Games in Cleveland, OH. The future of American Christianity, says Open and Affirming Coalition Executive Director Andy Lang, lies in the LGBT-welcoming movement. Read…

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Ammon Ripple: “Be Yourself. Change the World”

Ammon Ripple: “Be Yourself. Change the World”

Take a listen to this sermon by Ammon Ripple, faith director of Equality Pennsylvania and vice president of the Open and Affirming Coalition. Ammon, who’s on the front lines of the campaign for LGBT equal rights in Pennsylvania, inspires us to “be yourself: change the…

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Why the Coalition changed its name

Why the Coalition changed its name

At its annual retreat last week, the Coalition’s Leadership Team voted to change our name from “UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns” to “Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ.” The transition to the new name will be completed before General Synod in…

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