Open and Affirming


Current Events


ONASaturday, January 30, 2021 - ONA Zoom Gathering

If you missed this event you can watch a replay on the Conference YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/1Mk_dk-9lXQ

Event activities included:

  • Worship Service led by Rev. Carlos Jauhola-Straight
  • Keynote Address by Andy Lang, Executive Director UCC ONA Coalition
  • Panel Discussion with Andy Lang; Rev. Gordon Rankin, NHCUCC Conference Minister; Carol Soucy and Michael Denney, members of the NHCUCC ONA Mission Group
  • Poetry Reading by James Crew

The Open and Affirming Coalition offers a webinar series designed both for Open and Affirming (ONA) congregations and for churches taking their first steps towards an ONA covenant.

Led by ONA Coalition Executive Director Andy Lang, and ONA Program Minister Kimi Floyd Reisch, these learning experiences can transform your church!

2021 Webinars:

  • ONA 101 - Thursday, February 4
  • ONA and The Bible - Thursday, February 11
  • 1-to-1 Conversations about ONA - Thursday, February 18
  • Beyond Binary - Thursday, February 25
  • Gender and The Bible - Thursday, March 4
  • Transgender 201 - Thursday, March 11
  • Bisexuality/Pansexuality - Thursday, March 18
  • ONA 201 - Thursday, March 25

To learn more or register for these event, visit: https://openandaffirming.org/ona-webinars/


Resources


NHCUCC's Open & Affirming Resolution


In 2005, at the 204th Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Conference, United Church of Christ, adopted A Resolution Declaring the NH Conference to be OPEN and AFFIRMING.


RESOLVED: That the 204th Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ declares the New Hampshire Conference to be an Open and Affirming Conference, and that all people, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity, are fully welcomed into the life of the Conference.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the 204th Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ reaffirms the action taken at the 187th (1989) Annual Meeting to encourage local churches to become Open and Affirming, and commits the New Hampshire Conference to a non-discrimination policy with respect to persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities in every aspect of employment by the Conference, including, but not limited to, the calling of pastoral leadership.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the 204th Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ joins the Fifteenth General Synod in "Calling on United Church of Christ Congregations to Declare Themselves Open and Affirming" and to adopt a policy of non-discrimination with regard to sexual orientation as well as a Covenant of Openness and Affirmation of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and heterosexual persons within the community of faith.