Open and Affirming Planning Guide

Open and Affirming Planning Guide


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Drawing upon 25 five years of experience within a variety of Christian denominations, this Open and Affirming (ONA) Planning Guide includes:

  • Building an Inclusive Church: A Welcoming Toolkit 3.0, which is a a step-by-step guide to help facilitate an ONA process in your local congregation. Biblically and theologically based, Building an Inclusive Church uses tools of relational organizing, congregational assessment, conflict management, and change theory. It will help your congregation to become a community that openly welcomes people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
  • Encuentros Latinx Trans Toolkit: An offering of Encuentros Latinx, this newest toolkit provides a starting point for conversation in your faith communities on trans-visibility and support of trans siblings.

This resource replaces the Open and Affirming Study Packet.

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Sponsored by the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ.

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