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Coalition launches ‘Rainbow Sign’ campaign for ONA churches

Coalition launches ‘Rainbow Sign’ campaign for ONA churches

The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ is launching this week a campaign to encourage ONA congregations to display their welcome effectively through rainbow images posted at or near the entrance of the church. “Our research shows that ONA churches that…

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Retreat on sexuality and spirituality

Retreat on sexuality and spirituality

Coalition leaders Rebecca Voelkel and Phil Porter are offering a long-weekend retreat exploring the relationship between sexuality and spirituality called “Sacred Intersextions” March 31 to April 3 at the Oak Ridge Conference Center, a beautiful setting near Minneapolis/St. Paul. Rebecca and Phil have both spent many years looking at,…

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100% ONA! We can get there with your help!

100% ONA! We can get there with your help!

We’ve just welcomed Open and Affirming church #1300! That means exactly 26 percent of UCC congregations are Open and Affirming. We’re the largest and fastest-growing LGBT-affirming church movement in the world! But 26 percent is not 100 percent. Let’s work together to build an Open and Affirming…

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015: Time to stand as one church with the transgender community

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015: Time to stand as one church with the transgender community

CLEVELAND, Oct. 26, 2015—In a joint statement, the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ and the UCC Collegium of Officers urged congregations to join local observances of Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20 and to renew their commitment the following…

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ONA Evangelism 101 webinar Nov. 4!

ONA Evangelism 101 webinar Nov. 4!

We’ve changed the date for our ONA Evangelism 101 webinar! Join ONA Coalition executive director Andy Lang at 7 pm Wednesday, Nov. 4, to learn best practices from growing ONA churches. How can congregations effectively reach their LGBTQ neighbors, and how can churches revive their…

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45,000 demand that all charges be dropped against Black Lives Matter Minneapolis organizers

45,000 demand that all charges be dropped against  Black Lives Matter Minneapolis organizers

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis held a vigil and press conference on recently to deliver the signatures of 45,000 people, including 3,000 faith leaders from around the country, to Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson demanding that charges be dropped against the organizers of the peaceful protest…

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Trans Day of Remembrance: chance for ONA churches to widen the welcome

Trans Day of Remembrance: chance for ONA churches to widen the welcome

Letter from the Open and Affirming Ministry Team Connecticut Conference United Church of Christ September 24, 2015 Dear Open and Affirming Community, Churches living into their open and affirming statements are saving lives. Communities who throw their doors open and say, “Really, we mean it,…

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Intersectionality: A Promised Covenanted Relationship with all God’s Creation

Intersectionality: A Promised Covenanted Relationship with all God’s Creation

Intersectionality: A Promised Covenanted Relationship with all God’s Creation The Rev. Dr. Maritza Ivette Angulo Matos de Gonzalez Keynote, National Open and Affirming Gathering Cleveland, OH June 25, 2015 There are neither Jews nor Greeks, slaves nor free people, males nor females and we need…

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What Black Lives Matters means to ONA churches

What Black Lives Matters means to ONA churches

By Phil Porter Sept. 21, 2015 An Open and Affirming covenant is your congregation’s vow to work for a church and a world where everyone is wanted and valued. The ONA Coalition’s focus on building churches and communities where LGBTQ people can live their lives…

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Eleonore Powell, hero of our movement, dies at age 98

Eleonore Powell, hero of our movement, dies at age 98

  We grieve for the passing of Eleonore Powell, one of the Coalition’s founders. With her death, and Bob Strommen’s a week earlier, we stand in honor for the passing of a generation of proud parents who changed our church. We join the Rev. Loey…

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