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Intersectionality: future of the Open and Affirming movement

Intersectionality: future of the Open and Affirming movement

From the ONA Coalition Leadership Team The idea that our lives, communities, cultures, and issues of injustice and oppression are connected on a deeper level is a good starting point for understanding intersectionality. Intersectionality is a big word. It gets used by many people to…

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Sacred Intersextions: Bodies, Culture, Sexuality & Spirit

Sacred Intersextions: Bodies, Culture, Sexuality & Spirit

Sacred InterSextions was a rich opportunity to explore “bodies, culture, sexuality and spirit.” A dozen of us gathered for a retreat in a beautiful spot near Minneapolis for conversation, connection, stories, exploration, laughter and truth-telling. Leaders were the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel and Phil Porter….

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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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Marriage Equality Day: a date you won’t soon forget

Marriage Equality Day: a date you won’t soon forget

The following is the report by Andy Lang, executive director of the Open and Affirming Coalition, at the Open and Affirming Banquet June 26, 2015, at the 30th General Synod of the United Church of Christ. June 26, 2015, is a date you won’t soon…

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Why ‘Black Lives Matter’ is central to the ONA mission: restoring our souls

Why ‘Black Lives Matter’ is central to the ONA mission: restoring our souls

by the Rev. Rebecca Voelkel June 5, 2015 As a lesbian minister, a daughter, a partner and a mother, I have loved and been involved in the Open and Affirming movement since the early 1980’s. As a youth delegate to General Synod in Ames, Iowa,…

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A New Year letter to the Coalition family: change the church to change the world!

A New Year letter to the Coalition family: change the church to change the world!

Dear Open and Affirming family: Two events this morning–a tragedy and a celebration–reminded me why the Open and Affirming movement is needed in our church and in our communities. Now, more than ever before. First, we learned of Leelah Alcorn’s suicide Sunday near Cincinnati, OH….

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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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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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