UCC Open and Affirming Coalition Resource center for LGBTQ-welcoming, Open and Affirming congregations in the United Church of Christ - page 12

Churches in Bellevue, KY, abandon Nativity celebration because sponsoring church is ONA

Churches in Bellevue, KY, abandon Nativity celebration because sponsoring church is ONA

By Emily Schappacher UCC News Portal December 5, 2013 For 42 years, each church in the small town of Bellevue, Ky., has participated in the annual nativity procession, when people of the community gather at the nativity scene for gospel readings and a candlelight vigil…

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Former Coalition National Coordinator Sam Loliger in hospice

Former Coalition National Coordinator Sam Loliger in hospice

Samuel Loliger, longtime National Coordinator of the Coalition who shared that office with Jan Griesinger, is in hospice care at the end of a long illness. The UCC Coalition and the wider Open and Affirming movement owe Sam a deep debt: he and Jan were…

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How a Mormon family was transformed by their gay son

Family is at the center of the Mormon faith. So when a child’s sexual orientation or gender identity does not conform to church teachings, the result is a crisis of faith. In this trailer, a Mormon family in California choose love as the essence of…

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Jay Bakker: ‘Not All Christians Are Like That’

Jay Bakker is pastor of Revolution Church in New York City, the son of televangelist Jim Bakker, and an outspoken defender of LGBT inclusion in the church. He posted this video for the “Not All Like That” (NALT) Christians Project—a video platform for LGBT Christians…

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Is the World Council of Churches safe for LGBT Christians?

Is the World Council of Churches safe for LGBT Christians?

The World Council of Churches (website and Facebook page) is the largest international ecumenical body. Founded in 1949 in the aftermath of World War II, it unites Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox Christians. Its General Assembly is meeting this week in Busan, Republic of Korea. The…

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Real Widows of Palestine: model for the church

Real Widows of Palestine: model for the church

Sermon Andy Lang Executive Director, UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns St. Paul’s UCC Warren, MI Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 Luke 18:1-8 (The Message) Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, “There was…

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