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UCC plays a role in Utah decision overturning same-sex marriage ban

UCC plays a role in Utah decision overturning same-sex marriage ban

The United Church of Christ played a role in the decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby overturning the Utah ban on same-sex marriage. Shelby argued that marriage equality would protect the religious freedom of churches that want to marry gay and lesbian…

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RIPPLES: Marriage equality reaches New Mexico

RIPPLES: Marriage equality reaches New Mexico

Here’s the latest issue of RIPPLES—the Coalition’s e-newsletter for Open and Affirming churches: New Mexico is state #17 to adopt marriage equality United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer defrocked for celebrating gay son’s marriage Coalition welcomes UCC Open and Affirming chuch #1,156

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Open letter to The United Methodist Church: don’t punish LGBT-supportive clergy!

Open letter to The United Methodist Church: don’t punish LGBT-supportive clergy!

The United Methodist Church has dismissed the Rev. Frank Schaefer as punishment for officiating at the wedding of his gay son. The church’s Council of Bishops is also recommending disciplinary proceedings against retired Bishop Melvin Talbert, who also officiated at a same-sex wedding. The Coalition’s Leadership Team is…

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ONA member Dave Knapp honored by OUT magazine

ONA member Dave Knapp honored by OUT magazine

Dave Knapp, a member of First Congregational Church in Guilford, Conn., joined the Boy Scouts of America in 1938. He was expelled 55 years later when the Scouts learned he was gay. Since then, he’s campaigned tirelessly for a change in the Boy Scouts’ policy…

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Churches in Bellevue, KY, abandon Nativity celebration because sponsoring church is ONA

Churches in Bellevue, KY, abandon Nativity celebration because sponsoring church is ONA

By Emily Schappacher UCC News Portal December 5, 2013 For 42 years, each church in the small town of Bellevue, Ky., has participated in the annual nativity procession, when people of the community gather at the nativity scene for gospel readings and a candlelight vigil…

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Former Coalition National Coordinator Sam Loliger in hospice

Former Coalition National Coordinator Sam Loliger in hospice

Samuel Loliger, longtime National Coordinator of the Coalition who shared that office with Jan Griesinger, is in hospice care at the end of a long illness. The UCC Coalition and the wider Open and Affirming movement owe Sam a deep debt: he and Jan were…

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Is the World Council of Churches safe for LGBT Christians?

Is the World Council of Churches safe for LGBT Christians?

The World Council of Churches (website and Facebook page) is the largest international ecumenical body. Founded in 1949 in the aftermath of World War II, it unites Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox Christians. Its General Assembly is meeting this week in Busan, Republic of Korea. The…

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