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Creating Change created community, connections and coalitions

Creating Change created community, connections and coalitions






By Jason Carson Wilson Justice and Peace Policy Fellow, Justice and Witness Ministries We asked Jason Carson Wilson from Justice and Witness Ministries’ Washington office to blog about “Creating Change,” the annual gathering of the National LGBTQ Task Force.  Creating Change created community and connections. That…

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Liturgical resources for Orlando vigils

Liturgical resources for Orlando vigils






Below is the video of the Vigil at Amistad Chapel UCC in the UCC’s Church House in Cleveland. Below is a link to the full liturgy. Permission is granted to use any text from this service. Please use the “Comment” feature on this page to…

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Images of Orlando response throughout the UCC

Images of Orlando response throughout the UCC






This page is devoted to images of vigils, prayer services and public rainbow displays in response to the Orlando Massacre. From California to Maine, Minnesota to Florida, ONA congregations responded with grief, prayer, and re-commitment to the values of inclusion, justice and reconciliation that are…

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Names of 49 Orlando victims

Names of 49 Orlando victims






At vigils and prayer services, congregations are reading out the names of the 49 who were killed Sunday at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Most of the victims were Hispanic. It is becoming a common practice for churches to sound a bell for each name….

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ONA response to Orlando: national statement

ONA response to Orlando: national statement






The following statement was released Monday morning by the Open and Affirming Coalition and the National Officers of the United Church of Christ. Later today, we’ll email suggestions for actions ONA congregations can take in response to this tragedy. Please post your own responses, prayers,…

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100% ONA! We can get there with your help!

100% ONA! We can get there with your help!






We’ve just welcomed Open and Affirming church #1300! That means exactly 26 percent of UCC congregations are Open and Affirming. We’re the largest and fastest-growing LGBT-affirming church movement in the world! But 26 percent is not 100 percent. Let’s work together to build an Open and Affirming…

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Trans Day of Remembrance: chance for ONA churches to widen the welcome

Trans Day of Remembrance: chance for ONA churches to widen the welcome






Letter from the Open and Affirming Ministry Team Connecticut Conference United Church of Christ September 24, 2015 Dear Open and Affirming Community, Churches living into their open and affirming statements are saving lives. Communities who throw their doors open and say, “Really, we mean it,…

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Coalition asks General Synod to oppose ‘religious exemption laws’

Coalition asks General Synod to oppose ‘religious exemption laws’






“Religious Exemption” laws—an attempt to give private business owners and public officials a legal basis for discrimination—is the latest threat to LGBT civil rights, says Andy Lang, executive director of the UCC’s Open and Affirming Coalition. The Coalition is asking General Synod to approve a resolution…

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RIPPLES: Ready for marriage equality? New legal threat to LGBT rights. More news….

RIPPLES: Ready for marriage equality? New legal threat to LGBT rights. More news….






RIPPLES June 12, 2015 Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ Are you ready for marriage equality? The Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on marriage equality. If the decision overturns the remaining state laws banning same-sex marriage, UCC clergy and…

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Why ‘Black Lives Matter’ is central to the ONA mission: restoring our souls

Why ‘Black Lives Matter’ is central to the ONA mission: restoring our souls






by the Rev. Rebecca Voelkel June 5, 2015 As a lesbian minister, a daughter, a partner and a mother, I have loved and been involved in the Open and Affirming movement since the early 1980’s. As a youth delegate to General Synod in Ames, Iowa,…

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