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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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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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