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“Open and Affirming” (ONA) is a movement of more than 1,100 churches that welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members. More than 275,000 members of the United Church of Christ belong to ONA churches—and our movement is growing.
After a time of study, dialogue and prayer, churches adopt an ONA “covenant” committing their members to welcome LGBT seekers, support their relationships, and advocate for their basic rights. ONA churches take seriously the Bible’s admonition to “accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7, NIV)
If you’re looking for a church family, visit our Where page to locate an ONA congregation near you. If your congregation is curious about ONA, visit the Why and How pages for more information. If your church or other setting wants to explore new ways of living into your ONA covenant and reaching out to the LGBTQ community, visit the Next page.
“Building an Inclusive Church” (BIC) workshops train lay leaders and clergy to guide their congregation towards an Open and Affirming covenant in a way that reconciles and unifies the church. BIC shows how a carefully-planned ONA process can build consensus, reduce conflict, and create opportunities for spiritual growth. Visit our Calendar page and subscribe to our free email newsletter, RIPPLES, for news about workshops as they’re scheduled.