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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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Workshops for future and existing ONA churches in Pennsylvania!

Workshops for future and existing ONA churches in Pennsylvania!

A Building Inclusive Church workshop–cosponsored by Equality Pennsylvania and the National LGBTQ Task Force–is coming to a city near you! February 20-21 King of Prussia (Southeast PA) March 6-7 Harrisburg (Central PA) May 1-2 Pittsburgh (Western PA) May 15-16 Kingston (Northeast PA) Building an Inclusive…

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After Leelah Alcorn’s suicide: time to act

After Leelah Alcorn’s suicide: time to act

Open and Affirming Coalition Executive Director Andy Lang at Friday’s vigil for Leelah Alcorn in Cleveland: “It’s critical for Christians and Jews and Muslims and other people of faith who know that the transgender community are made in the image and likeness of God not…

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Trans teen’s suicide: a spur to action?

Trans teen’s suicide: a spur to action?

This is why we’re doing this work: so transgender teens like Leelah Alcorn, who committed suicide in Ohio Sunday, will know they are loved and accepted–and that religion will help and not hurt them. Please read Leelah’s farewell note. It will break your heart, but…

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Marriage equality in only one Florida county Jan. 6, or the whole state?

Marriage equality in only one Florida county Jan. 6, or the whole state?

Will rural Washington County be the only county in Florida that will issue same-sex marriage licenses on Jan. 6? The state’s court filing later today, and a federal judge’s response, may answer that question. Read more

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RIPPLES newsletter: National ONA Gathering, transgender health insurance, ONA movement grows to 1,239 churches

RIPPLES newsletter: National ONA Gathering, transgender health insurance, ONA movement grows to 1,239 churches

December 17, 2014 NATIONAL ONA GATHERING: OUR 30TH BIRTHDAY! The Coalition’s National Open and Affirming Gathering meets in Cleveland June 24 and 25—right before General Synod! Get your Synod experience off to a great start with this family reunion for our nationwide ONA community, with…

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Ferguson, Cleveland, New York City: Advent resources

Ferguson, Cleveland, New York City: Advent resources

We share these resources for congregations wanting to acknowledge in prayer and action the tragic events in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York City, and what they mean to all of our communities. An “Open Letter to the United Church of Christ” from 140 UCC leaders,…

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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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