Building an Inclusive Church

One of the main resources we use on the path of an Open and Affirming journey is Building an Inclusive Church. This ecumenical guide was developed by the LGBT Task Force through the Welcoming Church Program Leaders group. You can buy a full color, printed and spiral-bound copy as part of the Open and Affirming Planning Guide through the UCC Resources store or you can download the PDF.

Building an Inclusive Church: Help your faith community deepen and expand their welcome to people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions

Resources for sale

The ONA Coalition partners with the UCC Resources store to sell LGBTQ+ resources and rainbow-themed items like flags and pins. The Coalition receives a portion of the proceeds and we are grateful for your support. 

For free resources, check out the other pages on this site.

Useful links

Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives is a series of faith-based sexuality education programs for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9,  grades 10-12, Young Adults and Adults.  The resources are written by professional sexuality educators and provide accurate information for parents, teachers and pastors to be used in churches. It can accompany a church’s ONA process, or be used after a congregation adopts an ONA covenant.

Institute for Welcoming Resources
Free resources and suggestions for books and media for congregations taking the journey towards an LGBT-welcoming covenant.

LGBTQ/SGL Resources on the UCC website
LGBTQ/SGL pages from the UCC Office for Health and Wholeness Advocacy.

Q Christian Fellowship
Q Christian Fellowship is cultivating radical belonging for LGBTQ+ Christians and allies.

Resources from other churches

Open and Affirming Churches in the UCC are part of a larger network of LGBT-welcoming congregations in other traditions. An exploration of their resources is often worthwhile.