A Fall 2022 Season Pass includes registration for all six webinars and the three that will be offered twice (nine webinars in total). The pass also includes lifetime access to recordings of each webinar.
*The three webinars that repeat are simply offered twice and season pass holders have the option of attending both if they desire. Some church groups may find it helpful to hear the material twice and the live Q & A section will be different each time.*
Tuesday, October 4 & Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 pm ET
For congregations that are not yet ONA, this webinar will help you design an ONA process that builds consensus and reduces the risk of conflict. Based on the principle of "graceful engagement" and grounded in the UCC tradition of “covenant,” a well-planned ONA process can help a congregation deepen relationships and discover new passion for the Gospel. Led by ONA Coalition Executive Director the Rev. Andy Lang (he, him).
ONA and the Bible
Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 pm ET
Just seven short texts in scripture are sometimes an obstacle for congregations on their journey towards an Open and Affirming covenant. But there are more than 31,000 verses in your Bible! What does the Bible teach about our relationships with God and each other? And how should you respond when members of your church have questions about the seven proof-texts often used to condemn same-sex relationships and non-conforming gender identities? Led by ONA Coalition Executive Director the Rev. Andy Lang (he, him).
1-to-1 Conversations About ONA
Tuesday, October 11 & Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 pm ET
“1-to-1 Conversations” is a model that engages members of the congregation in the ONA process and reduces the risk of miscommunication and conflict. It has proven effective in opening minds and hearts to the subject, and can lead to greater congregational participation in the process. This webinar teaches the skills members of a church’s ONA team need to engage in these conversations with influencers and potential opponents. Led by the Rev. Vicki Wunsch (she, her), UCC pastor, hospice chaplain, community organizer, trainer, and instructional designer.
Tuesday, November 1 & Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 pm ET
ONA congregations that are visible and public in their commitment to inclusion can grow in numbers and spirit. This webinar shares best practices from growing ONA churches, including tips for marketing, communication, evangelism, and advocacy. Led by Coalition Executive Director the Rev. Andy Lang (he, him).
Experiencing a Transgender God
Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 pm ET
We worship and pray to a Dynamic God who defies definition. How does believing in a God who lives within the transitions of gender identification and expression help us to increase our faith and hope? How can we manifest this expansive understanding of The Divine through the ways we dialogue, pray, and worship? At a time when people of transgender and nonbinary experience have been targeted by a campaign of hatred in many states, your congregation's understanding of this growing community will help you be more effective in mission, ministry, and advocacy. Led by the Rev. Mak Kneebone (he/him), UCC pastor and ONA Coalition Leadership Team member.
LGBTQIA+ Advocacy 101: Moving your church beyond “welcome”
Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 pm ET
This webinar prepares congregations to discern whether or how to participate in LGBTQIA+ organizing and advocacy. It will begin by interrogating anti-gay texts and then, give overview of what advocacy and organizing looks like. Led by the Rev. Jason Carson Wilson (he/him), ONA consultant, Vice President, Ministers for Racial, Social, and Economic Justice (MRSEJ), and founding executive director of Bayard Rustin Liberation Initiative.