St. Louis Area Open & Affirming Congregations of the United Church of Christ
Open and Affirming:
NOTICE OF BEREAVEMENT
The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Stavenger passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at her home in St. Louis, Missouri. Rev. Dr. Stavenger was a retired professor at Eden Theological Seminary, a UCC pastor, and one of the founders of the Gateway ONA Convocation.
A memorial service for Reverend Doctor Marilyn Stavenger will be held on February 16, 2019 at 1:00PM. The service will be held at Peace United Church of Christ, 204 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO.
The service will be followed by a pie reception in the Wehrli Chapel at Eden Theological Seminary, 475 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO. There will be an opportunity to share memories.
Memorial donations may be made in Marilyn's name to the three following places:
Make your check payable to "Eden Theological Seminary",
475 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119
Note on the memo line: "Marilyn Stavenger Fund for Contextual Education"
Make your check payable to "Peace United Church of Christ",
204 East Lockwood Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63119
Note on the memo line: "Freedom School"
Make your check payable to "Park Church United Church of Christ",
1456 Harvard Blvd.
Toledo, OH 43614
May God's comforting love continue to be with the friends and family of Marilyn.
Gateway ONA Resource line
WE ARE UCC
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive. We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul. Our faith is over 2,000 years old...our thinking is NOT.
WE ARE OPEN & AFFIRMING
To say that a UCC church is “Open and Affirming” means that it has publicly and specifically declared that those of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions (LGBTQ) are welcome in its full life and ministry. ONA congregations offer a spirit of hospitality and show a willingness to live out that extravagant welcome in meaningful ways.
WE ARE GATEWAY
Gateway ONA is a coalition of LGBTQ Open & Affirming congregations of the United Church of Christ (UCC) in the St. Louis area. We provide support to our member churches, run a resource hotline, host annual events to educate on LGBT issues and have a presence at PRIDE.