No matter who you are,
no matter where you are on life’s journey,
you’re welcome here!
“Open and Affirming” (ONA) is a movement of more than 1,200 churches that welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members. Nearly 250,000 members of the United Church of Christ belong to ONA churches—and our movement is growing.
After a time of study, dialogue and prayer, churches adopt an ONA “covenant” committing their members to welcome LGBT seekers, support their relationships, and advocate for their basic rights. ONA churches take seriously the Bible’s admonition to “accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7, NIV)
If you’re looking for a church family, visit our Where page to locate an ONA congregation near you. If your congregation is curious about ONA, visit the Why and How pages for more information. If your church or other setting wants to explore new ways of living into your ONA covenant and reaching out to the LGBTQ community, visit the Next page.
Rainbow Sign Contest
Open and Affirming churches can reach their LGBTQ neighbors (and straight Millennials who are seeking a church family with ONA values) by proudly displaying a rainbow sign, flag or banner near their entrance. Here’s our gallery of ONA congregations in the United Church of Christ that are effectively communicating their welcome!
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