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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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General Synod adopts Coalition resolution against proposed laws that would create “religious exemption” from LGBTQ civil rights

General Synod adopts Coalition resolution against proposed laws that would create “religious exemption” from LGBTQ civil rights

By a vote of 567 to 41 (with 15 abstentions), the 30th General Synod of the United Church of Christ voted June 30 to adopt the Coalition’s proposed resolution reaffirming protection for LGBTQ Americans and opposing laws that would allow private business owners and public…

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Marriage Equality Day: This is the day that God has made!

Marriage Equality Day: This is the day that God has made!

The Supreme Court ruled this morning that state bans against marriage equality are unconstitutional. After lower courts move to enforce this ruling, the right to marry–our long-sought dream–will be the law of the land. I know your hearts are full this moment. For more than…

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Bob Strommen, hero of the ONA movement, dies at age 80

Bob Strommen, hero of the ONA movement, dies at age 80

The Rev. Bob Strommen, a strong supporter of the movement for LGBT liberation in the United Church of Christ and beyond, passed from this life on Friday, June 19. We join with his wife, Joyce, and their family in grief for Bob’s passing and gratitude…

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