If you are an Open and Affirming congregation, talking about Open and Affirming or thinking about starting the conversation, if you want to explore how to be effective allies, there will be something for you and your church. Come be in conversation with others, learn what it means to be Open and Affirming and how to fully express extravagant welcome to all God’s children.
Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ's (UCC) designation for congregations and other settings of 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.
This year there will be some new workshops and some new leaders as well as some returning leaders.
This year we welcome the reigning Miss Missouri, Erin O’Flaherty, the first openly gay Miss America contestant. Erin is a goodwill ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and an advocate for suicide prevention in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Trevor Project, the nation’s leading organization providing crisis intervention services to LGBTQ youth. Erin holds a B.S. in Legal Studies and hopes to eventually earn an MBA in Entrepreneurship.
In addition to the workshops listed below we will have the Eden Theological Seminary Bookstore and other displays, as well as fellowship, food, and fun!
Additional information will be emailed to all registered participants just prior to the event.
Please pre-register for Gateway ONA’s Convocation. Registration deadline is February 25.
Questions? Contact: Lorin Cope, Convener, Gateway ONA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gateway Open and Affirming Convocation 2017
Open & Affirming...The Time is NOW
March 4, 2017
ONA 101 – Starting an ONA Process
ONA 201 – Living into Your ONA Covenant
Queer Folk and the Bible
Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention Services to LGBTQ Youth
Shepherding and Supporting LGBT Youth and Families
Transgender 101 – A Basic Understanding
Transgender 201 – Beyond Binary Language
Legal and Legislative Issues Effecting the LGBTQ Community
Our Whole Lives: Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Your Church
Compassionate Care by/with/for LGBTQ Persons
8:30 a.m. On-site check-in and registration
Displays are in the Gathering Area
Refreshments are in the Fellowship Hall
9:00 a.m. Gathering in the Sanctuary
Welcome! - Lorin Cope
Orientation to Parkway UCC – Greg Schmelig
Greetings from the Missouri Mid-South Conference
United Church of Christ – Ginny Brown Daniel
Opening Worship – Wendy Bruner
Introduction to workshop leaders and locations
10:30 a.m. Workshops: Session 1
11:30 a.m. Transition Time
11:45 a.m. Workshops: Session 2
12:45 p.m. Lunch in the Fellowship Hall
1:30 p.m. Workshops: Session 3
2:30 p.m. Transition Time
2:45 p.m. Wrap-up Conversation with Ginny Brown Daniel
3:30 p.m. Closing Worship
3:45 p.m. End of the Event – Blessings to All