Submitted by: Open and Affirming Coalition UCC
Dear Open and Affirming family:
The second decade of the 21st century was a time of unprecedented growth for our movement ——- in numbers and in the depth of our commitment to build a church and a world where all of God’s children are needed, wanted, and loved.
On New Year’s eve, 2009, there were 847 ONA churches. Today, there are 1,600 Open and Affirming congregations and ministries in the United Church of Christ.
In the past decade, the Coalition has reinvented our relationship with existing ONA churches: our extensive training programs, including workshops and webinars, are helping congregations revive their ONA commitment and learn new ways to advocate and grow. When a congregation adopts an ONA covenant, our work is just beginning: we want to support each and every church on its ONA journey.
Every church we reach is a victory of life over death: ONA churches have saved countless lives, but our work is not complete until not just 33 percent, but 100 percent of our beloved church is a safe community for LGBTQ seekers and their families.
The Open and Affirming Coalition depends on your tax-deductible gifts. We receive no regular funding from the church’s national budget. You will decide if we can reach our goal of 1,700 ONA churches and ministries by the end of 2020, and equip our congregations to resist the tide of transphobia and homophobia that is threatening our community.
Help us to ring in the new year by giving what you can. With your help, we will re-make the future of the United Church of Christ.
Yours in hope,