ONA Webinars

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.

The lower rates we adopted in the Spring of 2020 will continue through 2021, as a sign of our continued support for social distancing needs. Registration for individual webinars is below.

Individual registration at $25 is for three or fewer people. Church Group registration for a single webinar at $75 is for four or more people. There is no limit on the number of participants in a Church Group.

We have brought back the Season Pass, which allows participation in all the webinars for a single price. An Individual Season Pass is $100 and a Group Season Pass is $200. The Individual Season Pass, unlike the individual rate above, is limited to one person, but groups of two or more may take advantage of the Group Season Pass, which is a discount of $400 over the individual registration rate.

If you will be bringing additional people (up to 2 more with individual or unlimited with Groups or Season Pass), the person registering will share all log-in information with the other guests they bring. The person listed on the group registration will be in change of sharing event information with other participants. If registering a group, you only select One Group Ticket to purchase.

The Winter/Spring webinars are Thursdays at 7 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Central, 5 p.m. Mountain, 4 p.m. Pacific and 2 p.m. Hawai’ian, and run for about 90 minutes. The webinar includes time for questions and conversation. We’ll email information on how to log in and use the Zoom app when you register.


Dates and a link to the registration page for each webinar are provided below.

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 webinar 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 (he, him).

Thursday, February 4


ONA and the BIBLE

Just seven short texts from 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 your 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 texts often used to condemn same-sex relationships? Led by Andy Lang (he, him).

Thursday, February 11th



""One-to-One Conversations" are an important early step for churches on the way to an ONA covenant. Kimi Floyd Reisch (they, them), the Coalition's Minister for ONA Programs, will show how members of your ONA team can plan these conversations for your church. Fifteen minutes of the webinar will be spent in practice sessions. With careful preparation, these conversations are an effective way to build relationships and invite church members into the ONA journey. ONA 101 and ONA and the Bible are good precursors to this webinar.

Thursday, February 18th



Taught by Open and Affirming Program Minister, Kimi Floyd Reisch (they, them), this webinar is an introduction to the diversity of experience beyond sexual and gender binaries. It will cover the science beyond binaries and introduce people to the long history of gender and sexual diversity that existed in the world prior to the colonial era. It will highlight the stories of nonbinary children and adults, and discuss the growing number of children and youth who are authentically themselves. It serves as Transgender 101 and Bisexuality 101.

Thursday, February 25th



The stories of your trans and nonbinary neighbors, their courage and deep faith, will enrich your congregation. From best methods to fully welcome and affirm transgender and nonbinary people into your faith community to learning about how to create inclusive liturgies and worship spaces, this webinar will dig deep into the theology of the transgender movement . Led by the Coalition's president, the Rev. Mak Kneebone (he, him).

Thursday, March 4th



Join Coalition Program Minister Kimi Floyd Reisch (they, them) in discovering the incredible diversity of people who fall under the transgender umbrella. Learn terms specific to transgender people and their experiences. Discover some the the challenges trans people face, both within and outside of the Church. Learn about how to create inclusive bathroom spaces, how to encourage the congregation to share pronouns, and even best practices for gender expansive youth group policies. Discover ways to use inclusive language and how to widen the welcome and create new groups and events that are not gender specific.

Thursday, March 11TH



The bisexual umbrella usually includes people who identify as pansexual, queer, or sexually fluid. Most studies suggest that about 50% of all LGB people identify as bisexual, making it the largest group within the LGBTIA+ community. It also remains one of the most hidden within churches. Additionally, bisexual people can encounter anti-bi views in either straight or gay people. How can your church serve this large group and what practices are the most affirming to bisexual people? Come join Coalition Program Minister Kimi Floyd Reisch (they, them) in a discussion of some of the deeper challenges facing bisexual and pansexual people, and learn some methods for your church deepening your commitment to bisexual and pansexual people.

Thursday, March 18th


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 (he, him)

Thursday, March 25TH