The Vermont Conference is an Open and Affirming Conference of the United Church of Christ.
What does ONA mean?
To say that a setting of the UCC (a local church, conference, etc.) is
"Open and Affirming" means that it has publicly declared that "gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer"
(GLBTQ) people (or those of all "sexual orientations" and "gender expressions")
are welcome in its full life and ministry
(e.g. membership, leadership, employment etc.)
It bespeaks a spirit of hospitality and a willingness to live out that welcome in meaningful ways.