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Coalition asks General Synod to oppose ‘religious exemption laws’

Coalition asks General Synod to oppose ‘religious exemption laws’

“Religious Exemption” laws—an attempt to give private business owners and public officials a legal basis for discrimination—is the latest threat to LGBT civil rights, says Andy Lang, executive director of the UCC’s Open and Affirming Coalition. The Coalition is asking General Synod to approve a resolution…

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RIPPLES: Ready for marriage equality? New legal threat to LGBT rights. More news….

RIPPLES: Ready for marriage equality? New legal threat to LGBT rights. More news….

RIPPLES June 12, 2015 Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ Are you ready for marriage equality? The Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on marriage equality. If the decision overturns the remaining state laws banning same-sex marriage, UCC clergy and…

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Don’t miss the ONA Dance Cruise at General Synod!

Don’t miss the ONA Dance Cruise at General Synod!

If you’re attending National ONA Gathering or General Synod, or both, you’re invited to the Coalition’s Open and Affirming Cruise at 9 p.m. Sunday, June 28! View America’s famous North Coast at night and relax with UCC friends old and new! Your host is the…

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Rainbow Family Camp August in Illinois

Rainbow Family Camp August in Illinois

Rainbow Family Camp August 7-9, 2015 DuBois, IL Rainbow Camp is all about being family together, any way you define it. LGBTQ kids can have a safe and respectful place to be themselves. LGBTQ parents can enjoy time with their kids, while meeting other families…

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GLSEN national survey for LGBT youth

GLSEN national survey for LGBT youth

GLSEN (Gay and Lesbian Student Education Network) conducts this survey every two years to understand the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth in our nation’s schools. GLSEN is a national organization devoted to fighting anti-LGBTQ bias against students and teachers in K-12…

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Coalition joins UCC Collegium in opposition to Indiana “religious freedom” law

Coalition joins UCC Collegium in opposition to Indiana “religious freedom” law

The Open and Affirming Coalition Tuesday joined the Collegium of the United Church of Christ in a statement opposing Indiana’s law legalizing anti-LGBT discrimination on the basis of “religious freedom.” “Public businesses should not be allowed to deny service in restaurants, evict tenants from their…

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Join the “National Weekend of Prayer for the Freedom to Marry”

Join the “National Weekend of Prayer for the Freedom to Marry”

Mark April 24-26 on your calendars: that’s the “National Weekend of Prayer for the Freedom to Marry.” On April 28, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on challenges to laws banning marriage equality in several states.  “Let’s send up prayers throughout the church that the…

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ONA Coalition joins in interfaith brief supporting marriage equality

ONA Coalition joins in interfaith brief supporting marriage equality

The Open and Affirming Coalition has joined the UCC General Synod and other faith partners in an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold marriage equality as a basic constitutional right. “Open and Affirming churches have been in the forefront of state campaigns to accord…

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Coalition supports Bishop Yvette Flunder

Coalition supports Bishop Yvette Flunder

CLEVELAND, March 15, 2015–The Coalition’s Leadership Team has declared support for Bishop Yvette Flunder, pastor of City of Refuge UCC in Oakland, CA, and presiding bishop of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. A group of clergy has challenged Bishop Flunder’s invitation as a guest lecturer…

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Alert: more than 30 bills aim to nullify laws protecting LGBT citizens from discrimination

Alert: more than 30 bills aim to nullify laws protecting LGBT citizens from discrimination

Read this important guide from the Human Rights Campaign on more than 30 bills across the country that under the guise of “religious freedom” will allow private business owners and landlords to disregard laws protecting LGBT Americans from discrimination. While marriage equality is likely to…

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