“Theme: For The Healing of God’s People”
The Open and Affirming Gathering (ONA) is an event where you can meet others who have been working in their churches to spread the good news that all are welcome in Christ’s church. You will hear from authorities who have helped congregations become Open and Affirming and who are continuing to educate others. At the Gathering, we learn about ourselves, about diverse communities and how to share the joy of having a congregation that is representative of God’s people. Please join us because the designation of “Open and Affirming” indicates to people that this congregation is all about God’s love and that this congregation is a safe place for people to explore and grow their faith in Jesus Christ.
Andy Lang, Executive Director of the United Church of Christ's Open and Affirming Coalition, will offer a workshop about how scripture is an important part of the discussion while working through the Open and Affirming process. He stresses that in scripture Jesus continually points to an inclusive God who welcomes all; even though there are a few passages that speak against homosexuality.
Rev. Carlos Jauhola-Straight and Rev. Michael Denney will help you learn what Open and Affirming is all about. They will share the “Nuts and Bolts” of becoming an ONA church and how to maintain the ongoing health and vitality of your congregation.
During the day, there will be opportunities to have conversations about a wide range of topics with authorities. If you are not hearing what you need to learn more about ONA, please ask anyone on the New Hampshire Conference Open and Affirming Concerns Mission Group. We are sure that someone will be willing to share knowledge or experience with you.
If the educational aspects of the Gathering are not enough, we will join in worship with Rev. Emilia Hallstead and the Jazz Sanctuary House Band from First Congregational Church, Concord to begin our day. The Women Singing Out (http://www.womensingingout.org/styled/) chorus will provide us with some inspirational entertainment at the end of our Gathering. Come enjoy a day of education and enlightenment!
ONA Gathering Poster
Saturday, November 5, 2016 8:45 AM - 3:00 PM
South Congregational Church, U.C.C.27 Pleasant StreetConcord, New Hampshire 03301603-225-6647
VenueSouth Congregational Church, U.C.C.
New Hampshire ConferenceNew Hampshire Conference UCC
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