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UCC statement on laws legalizing discrimination by adoption services

UCC statement on laws legalizing discrimination by adoption services

Protect Every Family Statement from the United Church of Christ on Laws Allowing Adoption Agencies to Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples and Transgender Parents In Oklahoma, Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a law that allows state-funded adoption agencies to turn away lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender…

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Graceful Engagement

Graceful Engagement

This commentary by Coalition Executive Director Andy Lang was published Aug. 26, 2018, in “Witness for Justice,” a weekly opinion published by the United Church of Christ Justice and Local Ministries. I’m sometimes asked why there are 1,500 Open and Affirming (ONA) congregations in the…

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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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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015: Time to stand as one church with the transgender community

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015: Time to stand as one church with the transgender community

CLEVELAND, Oct. 26, 2015—In a joint statement, the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ and the UCC Collegium of Officers urged congregations to join local observances of Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20 and to renew their commitment the following…

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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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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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Don’t miss the ONA Dance Cruise at General Synod!

Don’t miss the ONA Dance Cruise at General Synod!

If you’re attending National ONA Gathering or General Synod, or both, you’re invited to the Coalition’s Open and Affirming Cruise at 9 p.m. Sunday, June 28! View America’s famous North Coast at night and relax with UCC friends old and new! Your host is the…

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