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About the ONA Program
The ONA movement in the United Church of Christ (UCC) began, on a national level, in 1985 when the General Synod (the national delegate body of the UCC) adopted the resolution, "Calling on United Church of Christ Congregations to Declare Themselves Open and Affirming" (ONA).
Building on this extravagant welcome, the 2003 General Synod adopted a resolution "Affirming the Participation and Ministry of Transgender People within the United Church of Christ and Supporting Their Civil and Human Rights."
The central affirmation of an ONA congregation is that
"people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions" (or "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people") are welcome in the full life and ministry of the church.
How It Works
UCC settings (local congregations, campus ministries etc.) become "officially ONA" by adopting an "Open and Affirming" statement expressing this welcome and sending this (with date adopted, body which took the action, and request to be publicly listed as ONA) to The Coalition's ONA Program (address below). Guidelines for ONA Statements are included on this website.
Adoption of statements is usually preceded by a period of study, prayer, reflection, and discussion on the subjects of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, Biblical messages about sexuality, diversity and inclusiveness in the Church, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) life and relationships, how the church might live out an ONA commitment, and related topics. Resources for helping you in this process are available.
Each setting composes its own ONA statement (often drawing upon the 1985 and 2003 resolutions of the General Synod). Sample statements are available on this site or by contacting The Coalition's Program Staff.
Other geographically defined bodies in the UCC, Conferences and Associations (within Conferences) are encouraged to make "Open and Affirming" commitments and assist local churches in the ONA process. Many individuals, committees, and task forces around the country are committed to this work.
If your congregation is taking its first steps towards an ONA covenant, please contact the Coalition’s national office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 216-861-0779, and we’ll be glad to help you with resources and the services of an ONA consultant who can support your church on its journey.
There are currently more than 800 churches listed with The Coalition as ONA. In addition, there are a growing number of ONA new church starts, campus ministries, ONA-Spirited Youth recognitions, UCC Associations, and UCC Conferences which have adopted an ONA resolution. We also list "Congregations in Conversation with the UCC" (welcoming churches which are in the early stage of development or are part of another denomination but considering joining the UCC).
The Coalition’s ONA Program, begun in 1987, has provided the primary structure, leadership, and resources for the growing network of ONA congregations and related working groups in the UCC. Leadership for the program is provided by The Coalition staff in consultation with the ONA Advisory Committee. With the help of many in The Coalition and others in the UCC, the ONA Program offers:
The Coalition's ONA Program is strengthened by its cooperative relationships with those doing LGBT and related justice, evangelism, and inclusive church work through the national UCC Ministries, and the ecumenical Welcoming Church Movement, nine other programs (like ONA) in various denominations in the U.S. and Canada (and affiliate groups). These and other groups are listed on the links page on this site.
Member groups have developed a number of useful resources, including:
Please see our resources pages for more details.
The ONA Program also helped produce the ONA video "Open and Affirming: A Journey of Faith" which is available through United Church of Christ Resources (800.325.7061).
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