Leadership Team Application Open and Affirming Coalition

Thank you for your interest in the ONA Coalition’s Leadership Team!

Founded in 1972, the Open and Affirming Coalition is an independent non-profit organization that serves the LGBTQ+ community in the United Church of Christ, helps congregations develop a successful process leading to adoption of an ONA covenant, and supports existing ONA churches in mission, ministry and advocacy. The Coalition funds its mission through gifts from individuals and congregations, and receives no regular funding from Our Church’s Wider Mission, although it works in close partnership with the UCC’s national ministries. The Coalition is a recognized group in the bylaws of the United Church of Christ.

The Leadership Team is the Open and Affirming Coalition’s governing board. Members commit to a three-year term, renewable for a second term.

Members of the Leadership Team:

  1. Provide for the governance of the ONA Coalition as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, including approval of the annual budget and oversight of the Coalition’s executive director.
  2. Hire the executive director when the position is vacant.
  3. In collaboration with staff, determine the Coalition’s vision and ministry priorities.
  4. Assure that the Coalition’s ministries are intersectional, and actively assist staff in achieving this goal.
  5. Actively assist staff in implementing the Coalition’s financial development strategy, and advocate in their own congregations for an annual pledge to the Coalition.
  6. Are thoroughly familiar with the Coalition’s resources and programs, and are prepared to explain and advocate for the Coalition’s mission in any setting.
  7. Commit to two face-to-face meetings a year and to monthly conference calls.

Members will also lead the Coalition’s strategic planning, with the goal of approving a new strategic plan during the Coalition’s 50th anniversary in 2022.

Before completing the form, please read the Coalition’s Bylaws, our Covenant with the UCC’s national officers, and an article on “Graceful Engagement” as the Coalition’s core value in its mission to grow the ONA movement.

ONA Coalition Bylaws   ONA Coalition-National UCC Covenant   What is ‘Graceful Engagement?’

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