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.”


Tuesday, June 27

11 amRegistration opens
12 - 1 pmLunch for early arrivals
1 - 4 pmLGBTQ Young Adult Event
1 - 4 pmONA Consultants Event
4 - 5 pmDinner
5:30 - 7 pmWorship with John Dorhauer and Elly Mendez Angulo
7 - 9 pmEvening Celebration and Organ Recital

Wednesday, June 28

7:30 - 8:30 amBreakfast
9 - 10:30 amKeynote: MacArthur Flournoy
11 am - 12 pmPlenary
12 - 1 pmLunch
1:30 - 3 pmWorkshop Session 1
3:30 - 5 pmWorkshop Session 2
6 - 8 pmEvening Celebration

Thursday, June 29

7:30 - 8:30 amBreakfast
9 - 10:30 amKeynote: Jide Macaulay
11 am - 12 pmTHE ROAD AHEAD for the ONA Movement
12 - 1 pmLunch
1:30 - 3 pmWorkshop Session 3
3:30 - 5 pmWorkshop Session 4
7 - 10 pmIt Is Well with Your Soul Healing Service


Scholarships are available for young adults, persons of color, 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!



Two choices:

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 Gathering rate is $149 per night. Reservations: (410) 324-8100.


National ONA Gathering this year is at First and Saint Stephen’s UCC, 6915 York Road, Baltimore, MD. Parking is free. For those who prefer not to drive, we’ll provide transportation from our two hotel sites to the church.

More information

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