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



Why this Gathering is important for you and your church

National ONA Gathering is the signature annual event for the UCC’s nationwide ONA movement. With inspiring worship and music, unforgettable preaching, informative workshops, and opportunities for rest and play, an ONA Gathering is an opportunity to renew your congregation’s passion for ONA ministry, mission, evangelism and advocacy. We’ll meet just five months after the inauguration of President Trump, so this Gathering will equip your church to respond effectively to new challenges both locally and nationally. This year’s theme: “100% OPEN AND AFFIRMING: THE ROAD AHEAD.”

One-day registrations also available!

Leaders (partial list)

John Dorhauer

Emily Heath

Kevin Tindell

Kevin Tindell

Elly Mendez Angulo

Traci Blackmon

L J Ingram


Jake Joseph


Jide Macaulay


Andy Lang

Andy Lang


Naomi Washington-Leapheart


Tuesday, June 27

10 amRegistration opens
12 - 1 pmLunch for early arrivals
12 - 3:30 pmLGBTQ Young Adult Event
12 - 3:30 pmONA Consultants Event
12:30 - 3 pmCoalition Choir Rehearsal
4 - 5 pmOpening worship with John Dorhauer and Elly Mendez Angulo
5:30 - 6:30 pmDinner
7 - 9 pmEvening Celebration and Organ Recital

Wednesday, June 28

7:30 - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 - 9 amPlenary
9 - 10 amPlenary: Traci Blackmon
10:30 am - 12 noonPlenary: The Road Forward
12 - 1 pmLunch
1:30 - 3 pmWorkshop Session 1
3:30 - 5 pmWorkshop Session 2
1:30 - 5 pmTrans Still Speaking in the UCC: National Convening
6 - 9 pmEvening Celebration

Thursday, June 29

7:30 - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 - 9:30 amKeynote: Jide Macaulay
10 - 11:30 amTrans Plenary
12 - 1 pmLunch
1 - 2:30 pmWorkshop Session 3
1 - 3:30 pmCoalition Choir Rehearsal
3:30 - 4:30 pmClosing Worship

Sunday, July 2

5 - 7:30 pmGeneral Synod ONA Banquet (separate registration required)


Scholarships are available for young adults, persons of color, those living with disabilities, and others who may need financial assistance. Please apply for a scholarship when you complete your online registration. If you’ve any questions about scholarships or anything else, contact us at or call 216-736-3228.

We need your help to assure our reserve of scholarship money can cover all requests! You’ll have a chance to contribute to our Gathering Scholarship Fund when you register online, or please use this donation button!



Days Inn Inner Harbor. National ONA Gathering rate is $119 per night. Note that this hotel is a short distance from the General Synod site. Reservations: (410) 576-1000.

Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel. National ONA Gathering rate is $212. Reservations: (410) 324-8100 or online booking.

Best Western Towson. National ONA Gathering rate is $129. Reservations: (410) 823-4410 or online booking.


National ONA Gathering this year is at First and Saint Stephen’s UCC, 6915 York Road, Baltimore, MD. Parking is free.

General Synod ONA Banquet

The signature event for ONA churches and the LGBTQ community at General Synod, this year’s banquet at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 2, will celebrate the Coalition’s 45th anniversary—and inspire the growing ONA movement as we face the future together. Keynoter will be the Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart, an inspiring young African-American leader in the UCC. Naomi is faith works director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, the oldest LGBTQ movement for justice and equality in the United States. Coalition executive director Andy Lang will deliver a brief report on the “State of the ONA Movement.” The famous Coalition Choir will sing!

Tickets are still available at the Coalition’s booth in the Convention Center! Look for us in the Exhibit Hall.

More information

Please contact the Rev. Rodney Mundy-Haase at if you’ve any questions.