Recent United Church of Christ studies show ONA congregations – those that are publicly open and affirming to LGBTQ people – are attracting, on average, more new members and are less likely to close than the UCC average. "The results refute the 'urban legend' that UCC churches typically lose money and members when they vote to become ONA," said Andy Lang, executive director of the UCC Open and Affirming Coalition.Read more
United Church of Christ "God is Still Speaking" rainbow banners were found burning in an alley behind an LGBTQ-welcoming bar in St. Louis just before midnight June 3. Both almost certainly came from a theft at Kirkwood UCC, an Open and Affirming congregation, where a young man cut down and stole banners that same evening. While police investigate, the congregation is responding with courage and love.Read more
Check out these NEW LGBTQI affirming resources:
- Proyecto Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida Toolkits
- Podcast: Encuentros Latinxs - Stories of spirituality, culture, and identity from Latinx perspectives.
Rev. Rhina Ramos
National Coordinator for Proyecto Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115