The United Church of Christ is known as a very open and affirming denomination, but it is important to note that not all individual churches have signed up as ONA (Open and Affirming). This website identifies ones that have along with the status of other issues within the UCC affecting LGBT members. From the website:
The Coalition provides support and sanctuary to all our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers, their families and friends; advocates for their full inclusion in church and society; and brings Christ's affirming message of love and justice for all people.
The United Church of Christ Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns is officially recognized by the United Church of Christ as a related, self-created organization.
The work of The Coalition is focused on three primary areas:
* Creating and supporting Open and Affirming (ONA) settings within the United Church of Christ
* Supporting youth and young adults and those who work with them
* National Gathering
But all of our work is geared to support the work of volunteers on the local level.
• Develop a community organizing emphasis within The Coalition and among UCC groups and other external partners
• Build and expand relationships for support, community, and action for the purpose of:
* “Goosing” and growing Open and Affirming settings
* Increasing Youth and Young Adult ministry
* Strengthening local networks to work on local issues
* Building coalitions with ecumenical, interfaith, and secular partners
This Coalition ministry is rooted in our particular place as Christians working for peace and justice, inspired by the Good News of God’s extravagant welcome.
There's that word again--welcome. That's a really good word to see from a church.
Click here to visit the website for The UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns.