Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ's designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. After a time of dialogue, study, and prayer, churches who wish to become "ONA" craft and adopt a "covenant" committing the ministries of the church to welcome LGBTQ seekers, support their relationships, and advocate for their basic rights. Ongoing intentional welcome and affirmation from an ONA church sends a clear message to LGBTQ seekers that they have a safe home in the family of Christ.
First Parish Church is currently engaged in congregational conversation about the meaning of this initiative and what it could mean for our church community and those we seek to serve. Events will be posted in the church calendar and newsletter as they approach.
For more information, visit https://openandaffirming.org/ona/