National ONA Gathering Inspiring worship. Mind-expanding workshops. Music and fun!




National ONA Gathering is the biennial family reunion of the Open and Affirming movement in the United Church of Christ! Members of any church—ONA or not-yet ONA—are welcome to attend. Expect a celebration with exuberant music, inspiring preaching, and workshops that will feed your mind and soul. Especially this year, when the Religious Right and their allies in federal and state governments are renewing their attack on the basic civil liberties of LGBTQ Americans, our growing community of churches needs to respond with confidence, commitment and faith. Much of this National Gathering will focus on how ONA churches can act faithfully in this crisis. We’ll learn best practices from vital and growing ONA churches. And, as is always true at our Gatherings, we’ll explore the intersections of our movement with other movements for social, racial, economic and environmental justice.

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Living Our Covenant: Into Life

Focus Verse

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness.” (Galatians 5:22)


Tuesday-Thursday, June 18-20 (OWL Training pre-event begins June 17. ONA YYA and ONA Consultant pre-events begin with lunch on Tuesday.)


Best Western Plus Milwaukee Airport Hotel and Conference Center
(ADA Accessible)
5105 South Howell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207

To reserve rooms at our rate of $139 per night, please call the hotel and ask for the Coalition block.

Best Western is a very short distance from Milwaukee International Airport. For participants staying downtown, the hotel is served by the Green Line bus.


Keynoters (pictures and bios coming soon!)

Rev. Sonny Graves
Rev. Mak Kneebone
Andy Lang

Worship Leaders

Rev. Lesley Jones
Rev. Janice Steele
Rev. Kevin Tindell


Kimi Floyd Reisch

General Synod ONA Banquet

Our ONA Banquet is one of the signature events at General Synod! This year our keynoter is the Rev. Justo Gonzalez II, interim Conference Minister of the Illinois Conference. The dinner is Friday evening, the day Synod convenes. Registration through the General Synod page at


Workshops are designed to help ONA congregations live into their covenant in new and life-changing ways. An introduction to ONA will also be available for non-ONA churches that are taking their first steps, or simply curious. The workshop list will be posted here in April.

Coalition Choir

It’s a tradition! If you love to sing, you’re welcome to attend rehearsals in our schedule (below) for the Coalition Choir, which will sing during worship and also bring music to our General Synod banquet. More information will be emailed to registered participants in early June.


We’ll post titles and descriptions of keynote presentations and workshops in early April!

Monday, June 17

Our Whole Lives Pre-Event
8 amOWL Registration, coffee, mingling
9 amOWL Training Pre-Event Begins
12:15-1:15 pmOWL Lunch
3:45 pmOWL Break (until Dinner)
6 pmOWL Dinner

Tuesday, June 18

6-8 amBreakfast (for those staying at Best Western)
8:15 amOWL Welcome Back!
10:15 amOWL Break
10:30 amOWL Resumes
11:30 amGathering Registration Opens
12:15 pmOWL/YYA/Consultants Lunch
1:30 pmOWL Resumes, YYA Event Begins, ONA Consultants Meet
3:45 pm Break for All Groups
6 pmGathering Opening Dinner
7 pmGathering Opening Worship

Wednesday, June 19

6-8 amBreakfast (for those staying at Best Western)
7:30 amMeetings for Addiction and Mental Health Support
8:30 am Bible Study and Prayer
9 amWelcome Plenary (includes "State of the ONA Movement" with Andy Lang)
10:15 amBreak, Choir Rehearsal
10:45 amWorkshop Session 1
12 pm OWL Ends
12:15 pmLunch
1:30 pmAfternoon Plenary with Rev. Sonny Graves
3:45 pmBreak
4 pmWorkshop Session 2
5:30 pmDinner (on your own), Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, June 20

6-8 amBreakfast (for those staying at Best Western)
7:30 amMeetings for Addiction and Mental Health Support
8:30 amBible Study and Prayer
9 amMorning Plenary (Part 1)
10:15 amBreak
10:30 amMorning Plenary (Part 2)
11:45 amChoir Rehearsal
12 pmLunch
1 pmWorkshop Session 3
3:30 pmBreak
3:45 pmWorkshop Session 4
5:15 pmFinal Announcements
5:30 pmIt Is Well with Your Soul Worship Service
7 pmGoodbyes
7:15 pmShuttles to Downtown Hotels