Information about Churches becoming Open and Affirming

St. John Church has begun a period of study to determine whether we wish to adopt an Open and Affirming (ONA) covenant within the United Church of Christ that would pledge our congregation to be intentionally welcoming to and accepting of all people. This pledge would include being supportive of LGBTQ+ individuals and their relationships, and advocating for LGBTQ+ basic rights. This web page provides information on the Open and Affirming process and includes recommended reference materials including books and links to videos and documentaries. There is at least one copy of each book that is referenced on this page in our church library. We hope you will find the information contained here helpful. Please feel free to share your thoughts by sending us an email at

Why should my church become ONA

Why do ONA churches grow?

Issues and Opportunities for ONA Churches

Religious aspects of becoming Open and Affirming

The Bible and homosexuality

What the Bible Really Says About Gay Christians May Surprise You!

Has “Homosexual” always been in the Bible?

Recommended books

YouTube Videos on Experiences and Information

Additional Resources and Information Below