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UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns National Gathering

National Gathering Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the 2010 National Gathering of the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns to be held in San Diego, CA, July 14-17, 2010. Early-bird registration is $99 a person through March 31st. If you register early, you will also receive a one-day San Diego Trolley pass.

Among the presenters will be UCC President and General Minister, Geoffrey Black. Kathy Church, UCC Coalition President, said, “Coalition is very proud of our relationship with the denomination, and we are pleased that he has committed to be with us in San Diego to continue our collaboration on social justice ministry.” 

At the National Gathering, you will learn how to incorporate Open and Affirming (ONA) into your local church. Come to connect with other congregations and share ideas.

This year’s theme will be :“Any Body, Everybody, Christ’s Body,” following-up on the Accessible to All resolution passed by the 25th General Synod in Atlanta, GA, calling on UCC congregations and instrumentalities to be physically, spiritually, and emotionally open and affirming to people with disabilities. These issues hope to be addressed at the National Gathering this year, specifically in the wider context of living out God’s extravagant welcome to all.

There will also be important sessions about transgender issues as the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns continues its work to encourage the full inclusion of transgender people within the UCC. In order more fully to live God’s extravagant welcome, the Coalition expands its new criteria for new ONA Statements to include gender identity and gender expression, effective National Gathering, July 14, 2010.