LGBT Resources

UCC Resources carries ONA and other LGBT related published by the UCC, Pilgrim Press and the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns.

Open and Affirming Study Packet - a resource for the ONA study process!

Download a copy of the UCC Resources and Publications catalog related to LGBT concerns

Building an Inclusive Church - training and toolkit resources for preparing and facilitating the ONA process

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Stay up-to-date on the progress of the Open and Affirming Program, LGBT advocacy opportunities, and what our office and others are doing for and with the LGBT community.

UCC policy statements on sexual orientation and gender identity by national bodies

LGBT History Timeline
A timeline of events related to the LGBT community from 1925 to the present.

William R Johnson Scholarship
established to encourage and support qualified openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender UCC Master of Divinity candidates.


Now, No Condemnation by Rev. Paul Sherry, past President of the UCC.  This is a pastoral letter written to the church (November 1998) on the rights of LGBT persons in society and inclusion in the full mission and ministry of the UCC.

Biblical Perspectives on Homosexuality by Walter Wink, PhD (1935-2012), Auburn Theological Seminary, New York, NY

What the Bible Says–and Doesn’t Say–About Homosexuality, by Rev. Mel White, founder of Soul Force and former ghost writer for several well-known American evangelicals.

DVD Resources (Order online or call: 800-537-3394)

bi-sex'u-al and A Position of Faith 
Two videos about sexual orientation, have been combined onto one DVD.

bi-sex’ u-al was created to encourage dialogue about bisexual orientation and identification. This video will not answer all questions about bisexuality. It is an introduction to three individuals through their own stories of faith and sexuality.  We hope it will inspire you to think deeply about these stories, and your own story, in the light of faith.

A Position of Faith On June 25, 1972, William (Bill) R. Johnson became the first openly gay person to be ordained to the Christian ministry. This video tells the story of this landmark event and the process that made it possible. The story is poignant and inspirational, and includes a letter from Bill Johnson’s mother, interviews with Bill, young people and church leaders (clergy and lay), who either supported or opposed Bill’s candidacy.

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Call Me Malcolm

One man’s struggle with faith, love and gender identity.


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Download Study Guides
Brief Discussion Guide
6 Session Study Guide
Cover-6 Session Study Guide

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Call Me Malcolm DVD now available from Netflix!

The UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns is an affiliated, self-created, affinity organization in the United Church of Christ providing leadership, resources and advocacy within and beyond the UCC on LGBT concerns.  The Coalition is a valued partner in ministry, however, it is not part of the national offices of the denomination.


Believe Out Loud is a community/network of clergy and lay leaders, LGBT activists and concerned individuals, working together to help the Protestant community become fully inclusive of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Using community organizing and social marketing strategies, they support individuals and churches in their efforts toward LGBT inclusion. A partnership of the country’s leading LGBT advocacy groups, both religious and secular, Believe Out Loud seeks to accelerate the existing Christian movement toward LGBT inclusion and significantly increase the number of local churches and denominations that are fully-inclusive of LGBT individuals, both in practice and policy.  In doing so, they seek to create a widespread Christian movement for LGBT equality in the church and in broader society.

Transgender Day of Remembrance [PDF]
November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance. This PDF is a pastoral letter and prayer from the UCC's LGBT Ministries Office.

A Prayer in Silence
Students and teachers nationwide observe a day in silence in April to echo the silence that LGBT and ally students face everyday. The Day of Silence is one of the largest student-led actions in the country. For more information go to:

Out in Scripture
This Human Rights Campaign resource places weekly comments about the Bible alongside real life experiences and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of faith and our allies. 

The Institute for Welcoming Resources LGBT resources listing.




Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer
Executive for Health and Wholeness Advocacy
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115