In May, First Congregational UCC in Hastings, NE voted to become an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation! 

First Congregational UCC shared they recognized the need to make a clear, official statement of welcome, in addition to simply “being” welcome. “Some folks have been wounded by churches that say they are welcoming, then discovering that all doesn’t mean all,” Shared member Judy Sandeen. Part of their commitment has included participating in their community’s June 11th Pride event!

What advice do they have for other congregations considering becoming ONA? Judy wisely responded, “Be patient and follow the steps faithfully. Each one is important, and ignoring them runs the risk of failure.”

Congratulations First Congregational UCC! We’re so excited to see what creative and bold ways you continue to live into being an Open and Affirming, LGBTQ+ Inclusive church! Want to learn more about becoming ONA? Explore our Brave Space resources.