UCC Open and Affirming Coalition Resource center for LGBTQ-welcoming, Open and Affirming congregations in the United Church of Christ - page 11

Oliver Martin, HIV/AIDS activist, dies at 55

Oliver Martin, HIV/AIDS activist, dies at 55

By Anthony Moujaes UCC.org April 22, 2014 Friends and colleagues are remembering Oliver Wendel Martin III, his advocacy for people living with HIV, and the impact he left on the world. Martin worked to help those with HIV-AIDS live their lives with dignity,and a man…

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Six thousand LGBT-affirming congregations!

UCC Coalition Executive Director Andy Lang spoke at the National Press Club Oct. 10 on the eve of National Coming Out Day and the opening of the Religious Right’s “Value Voters Summit.” The anti-LGBT lobby doesn’t speak for most American Christians, he said. More than…

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Open and Affirming movement featured on PBS

Here’s a summary from the PBS website about the “To the Contrary” feature on Open and Affirming congregations in the United Church of Christ: “To the Contrary” on PBS Oct. 12 traveled to churches in Arizona, Minnesota and Washington D.C., interviewing UCC pastors and church…

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Bob Koenig, longtime ONA ally and church educator, dies at 94

Bob Koenig, longtime ONA ally and church educator, dies at 94

Robert Emil Henry Koenig August 31, 1919-November 28, 2013 The Rev. Dr. Robert E. Koenig departed this life on Thanksgiving Day after a brief illness. He was 94. With ordained ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA), Bob was…

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Sam Loliger, longtime Coalition leader, died Jan. 2

Sam Loliger, longtime Coalition leader, died Jan. 2

Samuel Loliger, the Coalition’s longtime National Coordinator, died Thursday, Jan. 2, after a long illness. He was 76. Please hold Sam in your prayers as he begins his new life in the company of all the saints, and for Don Behr, Sam’s loving and devoted…

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Support LGBTQ homeless youth on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Support LGBTQ homeless youth on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

A call from the Human Rights Campaign: Let’s come together as a community to serve LGBT homeless youth on MLK Day of Service. On Monday, Jan. 20, MLK Day of Service is a “day on, not a day off.” It is a way to transform…

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Vote on repeal of transgender protection in California is possible

Vote on repeal of transgender protection in California is possible

Anti-transgender organizers say they have enough signatures to force a vote on repeal of California’s law protecting the rights of transgender students. If the ballot measure comes to a vote, the Coalition will support our ONA churches in California to assure there’s a strong faith…

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UCC plays a role in Utah decision overturning same-sex marriage ban

UCC plays a role in Utah decision overturning same-sex marriage ban

The United Church of Christ played a role in the decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby overturning the Utah ban on same-sex marriage. Shelby argued that marriage equality would protect the religious freedom of churches that want to marry gay and lesbian…

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RIPPLES: Marriage equality reaches New Mexico

RIPPLES: Marriage equality reaches New Mexico

Here’s the latest issue of RIPPLES—the Coalition’s e-newsletter for Open and Affirming churches: New Mexico is state #17 to adopt marriage equality United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer defrocked for celebrating gay son’s marriage Coalition welcomes UCC Open and Affirming chuch #1,156

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Open letter to The United Methodist Church: don’t punish LGBT-supportive clergy!

Open letter to The United Methodist Church: don’t punish LGBT-supportive clergy!

The United Methodist Church has dismissed the Rev. Frank Schaefer as punishment for officiating at the wedding of his gay son. The church’s Council of Bishops is also recommending disciplinary proceedings against retired Bishop Melvin Talbert, who also officiated at a same-sex wedding. The Coalition’s Leadership Team is…

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