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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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Rainbow signs

Rainbow signs






ONA congregations 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 outside the entrance to their church. Here are the latest entries from our ONA Rainbow Sign Contest!…

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Rainbow signs

Rainbow signs






ONA congregations 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 outside the entrance to their church. Here are the latest entries from our ONA Rainbow Sign Contest!…

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Coalition launches ‘Rainbow Sign’ campaign for ONA churches

Coalition launches ‘Rainbow Sign’ campaign for ONA churches






The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ is launching this week a campaign to encourage ONA congregations to display their welcome effectively through rainbow images posted at or near the entrance of the church. “Our research shows that ONA churches that…

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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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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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Open and Affirming movement featured on PBS






Here’s a summary from the PBS website about the “To the Contrary” feature on Open and Affirming congregations in the United Church of Christ: “To the Contrary” on PBS Oct. 12 traveled to churches in Arizona, Minnesota and Washington D.C., interviewing UCC pastors and church…

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