Working towards An Open and Affirming Church
Welcoming and celebrating the gifts of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people.
The Open and Affirming Project is an invitation to live out the mission of the Church as a welcoming community with specific recognition of the gifts brought by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people, same-sex relationships and rainbow families.
The Project is a step-by-step process developed in local congregations to demonstrate how Churches can intentionally live out their welcome, in all areas of their life and mission. As a Church Council discusses whether to become an Open and Affirming Congregation resources are available for their learning and discussion.
Leaflet No 1 outlines the process for a congregation to become an Open and Affirming Congregation and is a good place to start.
Other Leaflets are available that address specific issues that may be encountered in the life of your church.
Please download them and use them as information for awareness, discussion and action in your community.
Leaflet 1 – An Open and Affirming Church
Leaflet 2 – Human Sexuality in Biblical perspectives
Leaflet 3 – Language and Symbols
Leaflet 4 – How to talk to children
Leaflet 5 – Safe Church for Rainbow Families
Leaflet 6 – Coming Out, Coming Home
Leaflet 7 – Gender
Leaflet 8 – Gifts for Leadership
Leaflet 9 – The Uniting Church – A Welcoming Church
Leaflet 10 – Welcoming LGBTIQ Elders
Leaflet 11 – Same Gender Marriage
Leaflet 12 – Why did we want to get married in the UCA?
Leaflet 13 – Queer Young People
Leaflet 14 – Gender Diversity
Leaflet 15 – Conversion Therapy