Open And Affirming (ONA)

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.

Looking for an Open and Affirming church in Vermont? Here is a list of our ONA churches:

Vermont Conference ONA Churches
 

Church Name
(click on name to go to church's web page)

Town/City

Association

Barre Congregational Church, United Church of Christ

Barre

Washington
Bethany United Church of Christ
Randolph
Windsor-Orange
Bethany Church, United Church of Christ
Montpelier
Washington
Brandon Congregational Church
Brandon
Southwest
Centre Congregational Church
Brattleboro
Windham Union
Christ's Church
Saxtons River

Windham Union

College Street Congregational Church
Burlington
Champlain
Congregational Church of Charlotte
Charlotte

Champlain

Congregational Church of South Hero
South Hero
Champlain
Danville Congregational Church
Danville
Northeast
Dummerston Congregational Church Dummerston Windham Union
Federated Church of East Arlington
East Arlington
Southwest
First Congregational Church
Burlington
Champlain
First Congregational Church
Cornwall
Addison
First Congregational Church
Hartland
Windsor-Orange
First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
Randolph Center
Windsor-Orange
First Congregational Church
Springfield

Windham Union

First Congregational Church
Thetford
Grafton-Orange
First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ W. Brattleboro Windham Union
First Congregational Church of Essex Junction
Essex Junction
Champlain
First Congregational Church of Windsor (Old South Church)
Windsor
Windsor-Orange
Grace Congregational United Church of Christ
Rutland
Southwest
Greensboro United Church of Christ
Greensboro
Northeast
Guilford Community Church
Guilford
Windham Union
Greater Hartford United Church of Christ
Hartford
Windsor Orange
Malletts Bay Congregational Church
Colchester
Champlain
Middlebury Congregational Church
Middlebury
Addison
New Haven Congregational Church New Haven Addison
United Community Church
St. Johnsbury
Northeast
United Church of Thetford
North Thetford
Grafton-Orange-Sulivan
Norwich Congregational Church
Norwich
Windsor-Orange
Old Meeting House
East Montpelier
Washington
Richmond Congregational Church
Richmond
Champlain
Second Congregational Church
Bennington
Southwest
Sharon Congregational Church

Sharon

Windsor-Orange
Sherburne United Church of Christ
Killington
Windsor-Orange
United Church of Craftsbury
Craftsbury Common
Northeast
United Church of Hardwick

Hardwick

Northeast
United Church of Hinesburg
Hinesburg
Champlain
Vergennes Congregational Church
Vergennes
Addison
United Church of Westford
Westford
Champlain
Waitsfield United Church of Christ
Waitsfield
Washington
Warren United Church of Christ
Warren
Washington
West Dover Congregational Church
West Dover
Windham Union
Westminster West Congregational Church
Westminster
Windham Union
Weybridge Congregational Church
Weybridge
Addison
Williston Federated Church
Williston
Champlain

 

RESOLUTION TO BE AN OPEN & AFFIRMING CONFERENCE
Adopted by 2002 Annual Meeting
of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ

            WHEREAS Jesus Christ teaches us to love one another (John 15:7), and;

WHEREAS the Apostle Paul teaches us to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), and;

WHEREAS Christians can and do legitimately disagree about what constitutes truth and how best to express love, therefore;

BE IT RESOLVED that we, the members of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ, declare that the Conference setting is open, welcoming and affirming of all persons in all aspects of its administrative, program and worship life. We covenant with God and one another to extend welcome and Christian fellowship to all followers and seekers of Christ without fear, prejudice or discrimination due to race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, physical, mental or emotional condition, educational, financial situation, biblical or theological interpretation, or any other circumstance that has historically been a barrier to full life, participation, membership, mission, work and ministry in the Vermont Conference setting of the United Church of Christ. We embrace them as sisters and brothers and equal partners in the Body of Christ with unlimited access to every opportunity of service to God, and;

BE IT RESOLVED that we of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ will continue a committed, prayerful and respectful dialogue with one another as we seek God's guidance for greater biblical and theological understanding of important issues, including those relating to human sexuality, and;

            BE IT RESOLVED that the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ encourages its member churches to begin or continue study and conversation about human sexuality (including perspectives on all sides of this matter) and other aspects that concern us, and in light of that study, to prayerfully consider adopting a statement of openness, welcome and affirmation similar to that of the Conference, and finally;

  BE IT RESOLVED that the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ reaches this decision not because of what its members individually and separately are, but rather because of what its members in covenant, Conference and community with one another struggle to be: a Body of Christ "in which there is no dissention, but where members may have the same care for one another, so that if one member suffers, all suffer together with it, and if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it." (1 Corinthians 12:26-27)


 

 

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