Registration for this summer’s special National Gathering of the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns, celebrating its 40th anniversary, begins March 12.
The National Gathering 2012 will be held at UCC-related Elmhurst (Ill.) College June 25-28, honoring several pioneers of early Coalition and LGBT-organizing history. Among them will be UCC minister the Rev. William R. Johnson, who in 1972 was the first openly gay person ordained into Christian ministry by a mainline Protestant denomination.
The celebration of 40 years of LGBT ministry in the UCC also will include a warm welcome to Pillar of Love Fellowship UCC in Chicago, the UCC’s 1,000th Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation.
Inspiring worship, powerful preaching and joyful music are planned for the National Gathering, along with workshops designed to feed the mind and nurture the soul.