Open and Affirming
Saturday, Sept. 21 - Sunday, Sept. 22
Celebrating 20 Years of being an Open and Affirming Congregation in the UCC
Special Guests: Jen Jones from NC Equality and Jasmine Beach Ferrara from
the Campaign for Southern Equality
The weekend schedule is as follows:
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Special Guest: Jen Jones, Communications Director, Equality NC
The Saturday morning workshop will feature guest speaker, Jen Jones, who will address the recent supreme court ruling, and how this ruling will affect individuals, families and communities both on the local level as well as under the federal government. The break-out sessions will highlight various issues of community and family life facing LGBTQ persons, families and the greater community. We encourage LGBTQ persons, families, and straight allies to attend.
There will be a continental breakfast and a catered lunch directly following.
($10 suggested donation for lunch. $25 for families of four or more. Children 3 and under eat freee.)
9 to 9:30 am - Continental Breakfast
9:30 to 10:15 am - North Carolina Equality, Jen Jones: DOMA Unconstitutional: What now?
10:15 to 10:30 am - Break
10:30 to 11:15 am - Breakout #1
11:15 to12 pm - Breakout #2
12 to 1 pm- Lunch (short film viewing)
Breakout Sessions Include:
1. "Coming Out" - UNC LGBTQ Center Assistant Director, Danny Depuy
2. Legal Issues - Kelly Fairman-Stokes, JD
3. Gay Parenting - Brett Webb-Mitchell, Rev. Dr.
4. Queer & Christian?! - Rev. Jenny Shultz,
5. History of Open & Affirming in the UCC - Rev. Dr. Rollin Russell
6. LGBT issues within the Latino community - Director of Entre Amigos, El Centro Hispano, Alex Cardona
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Special Guest: Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality,
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara will be preaching both services (8:45 and 11 am) and will be the guest for our 10 am Adult Forum. We hope you will make plans to celebrate with us this weekend as we reflect on our history, live into the present, and look to a rich future together!
United Church of Chapel Hill Open and Affirming since 1993
The General Synod of the United Church of Christ adopted a resolution in 1985, calling on local UCC congregations to declare themselves "open & affirming" in matters of sexual orientation. Responding to this call, our congregation adopted the following statement on June 6, 1993 after two years of prayerful discussions:
In Christ we are one.
In God we are a welcoming family, acknowledging God's affirmation of all through the covenant of baptism; celebrating our uniqueness as individuals and our common humanity; seeking to heal the brokenness of Christ's body by claiming and loving each part.
With confidence in Christ, we step forward to affirm people of diverse sexual orientation as part of God's creation.
We invite all persons to journey with us in fellowship for we may not in faith set anyone aside. We are not whole unto ourselves.
For more information on Open and Affirming, visit the UCC ONA Frequently Asked Questions page.