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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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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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