Where to find an Open and Affirming church

Every church included below is an affiliated United Church of Christ congregation. Some of those are union churches, churches formed with connections to two or more denominations, but all are UCC. Many of our partner programs in other denominations maintain their own lists, so if you are not UCC, please check with those programs.

If you are the representative of an Open and Affirming UCC church not listed; or if you need to make updates/corrections to your congregation’s listing, please contact us at ona@openandaffirming.org.

States are not abbreviated, and the easiest method to search is by using city and full state name, or zip code.

Denominational Abbreviations: UCC (United Church of Christ); PCUSA (Presbyterian Church); MCC (Metropolitan Community Church; UMC (United Methodist Church); DOC (Disciples of Christ); ABCUSA (American Baptist Churches USA); ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America); RCA (Reformed Church of America)

NCS stands for New Church Start.

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Q. What can I expect in an ONA church?

A. A community of faith where you and your family are safe!

Because each congregation in the United Church of Christ is independent, and therefore free to make its own decisions, there is a broad diversity of theology and practice in our tradition. In the UCC, there is no hierarchy that can impose uniformity on our churches. Each ONA congregation has independently adopted an Open and Affirming covenant after a journey of dialogue, study and prayer. There are differences between congregations, but generally, an ONA church:

  • is a safe space for open and honest conversation about human sexuality and gender identity.
  • encourages LGBTQ members to serve in lay and ordained leadership.
  • celebrates same-sex weddings.
  • celebrates the anniversaries of LGBTQ married and partnered couples and offers rites to honor gender transitions.
  • advocates for LGBTQ civil rights, and defends their LGBTQ neighbors when their dignity or safety are threatened.
  • is willing to host meetings of support groups like PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).
  • advertises that it is a safe space for LGBTQ and questioning youth.
  • participates as a group in the local LGBTQ Pride Parade.
  • celebrates ONA Sunday once a year and annually renews its ONA covenant.

ONA Colleges and Campus Ministries

Bowling Green University, OH, United Christian Fellowship,
Chapman University, Orange, CA, Disciples on Campus
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, Arise Campus Ministry
Heidelberg University, Tiffin, OH, Berg UCC
Montana State University, Billings, United Campus Ministry
Ohio University, Athens, United Campus Ministries
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Westminster House United Campus Ministry
University of California at Santa Cruz, FEAST United Campus Christian Ministry
University of Illinois, Chicago, Agape House
Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Campus Ministry at Shaw Center

ONA Health and Human Service Ministries

Council for Health and Human Service Ministries
United Church Homes, OH
Bethany Children’s Home, PA