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Orlando response: list of prayer vigils

Orlando response: list of prayer vigils

We’ll be updating this list as we receive new information. To add your event, please write ed@openandaffirming.org. Alabama Pray for Orlando 8 pm Wednesday, June 15 Beloved Community Church 131 41st St. S., Birmingham, AL Prayer Vigil 7 pm Wednesday, June 15 Cornerstone MCC 1007…

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ONA response to Orlando: national statement

ONA response to Orlando: national statement

The following statement was released Monday morning by the Open and Affirming Coalition and the National Officers of the United Church of Christ. Later today, we’ll email suggestions for actions ONA congregations can take in response to this tragedy. Please post your own responses, prayers,…

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Historic National ONA Gathering June 7-9 in Minnesota

Historic National ONA Gathering June 7-9 in Minnesota

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Coalition launches ‘Rainbow Sign’ campaign for ONA churches

Coalition launches ‘Rainbow Sign’ campaign for ONA churches

The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ is launching this week a campaign to encourage ONA congregations to display their welcome effectively through rainbow images posted at or near the entrance of the church. “Our research shows that ONA churches that…

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Retreat on sexuality and spirituality

Retreat on sexuality and spirituality

Coalition leaders Rebecca Voelkel and Phil Porter are offering a long-weekend retreat exploring the relationship between sexuality and spirituality called “Sacred Intersextions” March 31 to April 3 at the Oak Ridge Conference Center, a beautiful setting near Minneapolis/St. Paul. Rebecca and Phil have both spent many years looking at,…

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100% ONA! We can get there with your help!

100% ONA! We can get there with your help!

We’ve just welcomed Open and Affirming church #1300! That means exactly 26 percent of UCC congregations are Open and Affirming. We’re the largest and fastest-growing LGBT-affirming church movement in the world! But 26 percent is not 100 percent. Let’s work together to build an Open and Affirming…

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015: Time to stand as one church with the transgender community

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015: Time to stand as one church with the transgender community

CLEVELAND, Oct. 26, 2015—In a joint statement, the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ and the UCC Collegium of Officers urged congregations to join local observances of Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20 and to renew their commitment the following…

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ONA Evangelism 101 webinar Nov. 4!

ONA Evangelism 101 webinar Nov. 4!

We’ve changed the date for our ONA Evangelism 101 webinar! Join ONA Coalition executive director Andy Lang at 7 pm Wednesday, Nov. 4, to learn best practices from growing ONA churches. How can congregations effectively reach their LGBTQ neighbors, and how can churches revive their…

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45,000 demand that all charges be dropped against  Black Lives Matter Minneapolis organizers

45,000 demand that all charges be dropped against Black Lives Matter Minneapolis organizers

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis held a vigil and press conference on recently to deliver the signatures of 45,000 people, including 3,000 faith leaders from around the country, to Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson demanding that charges be dropped against the organizers of the peaceful protest…

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Eleonore Powell, hero of our movement, dies at age 98

Eleonore Powell, hero of our movement, dies at age 98

  We grieve for the passing of Eleonore Powell, one of the Coalition’s founders. With her death, and Bob Strommen’s a week earlier, we stand in honor for the passing of a generation of proud parents who changed our church. We join the Rev. Loey…

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