ONA Webinars

The ONA Coalition’s webinar series is designed both for Open and Affirming congregations and for churches taking their first steps towards an ONA covenant. We’re offering six webinars in autumn 2019. Dates and a link to the registration page for each webinar are provided below. Individual registration at $25 is for one to three persons at a single computer. Church Group registration at $75 is for four or more at single computer (usually projected on a screen with external speakers). There is no limit on the number of participants in a Church Group.

All webinars are on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 7 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Central, 5 p.m. Mountain, 4 p.m. Pacific and 1 p.m. Hawai’ian, and run for about 90 minutes. The webinar includes time for questions and conversation. Contact Andy Lang at ed@openandaffirming.org or Kimi Floyd Reisch at ona@openandaffirming.org for more information. Remember that extensive resources on each subject are available on this website!

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ONA 101

For congregations that are not yet ONA, this workshop will help you design an ONA process that builds consensus and reduces the risk of conflict. Based on the principle of "graceful engagement," a well-planned ONA process can help a congregation deepen relationships and discover new passion for the Gospel. Led by Coalition Executive Director Andy Lang.

November 12

ONA 201

ONA congregations that are visible and public in their commitment to inclusion can grow in numbers and spirit. This webinar shares best practices from growing ONA churches, including tips for marketing, communication, evangelism and advocacy. Led by Coalition Executive Director Andy Lang.

October 29
December 3

ONA and the BIBLE

Just seven verses in the Bible are sometimes an obstacle for congregations on their journey towards an Open and Affirming covenant. But there are more than 31,000 verses in the Bible! What does the Bible teach about our relationships with God and each other? And how should you respond when members of your church have questions about the seven verses often used to condemn same-sex relationships? Led by Coalition Executive Director Andy Lang.

October 3
November 19


An introduction to the diversity of trans and nonbinary identities and experiences. Trans people have particularly been targeted by the current Administration, which seeks to roll back their basic civil rights and narrow their options for health care. The stories of your trans and nonbinary neighbors, their courage and deep faith, will enrich your congregation. Led by Coalition ONA Program Minister Kimi Floyd Reisch.

October 17
December 5


Coalition President the Rev. Mak Kneebone will share best practices for congregations that seriously want to welcome and include transgender seekers. Includes inclusive restroom policies, the use of pronouns, and tips for non-binary worship.
Coming in the Spring!


"One-to-One Conversations" are an important early step for churches on the way to an ONA covenant. Kimi Floyd Reisch will show how members of your ONA team can plan these conversations in your church. Practice sessions in small groups will be included. With careful preparation, these conversations are a great way to build relationships and invite church members into the ONA journey.

October 10


Join Coalition Program Minister Kimi Floyd Reisch for an exploration of what it means to be bisexual or pansexual and why it is important to welcome and include bi-people in your congregation.

October 24
December 10