LGBT Equality & ONA

The Minnesota Conference UCC is an Open and Affirming (ONA) conference. We are inclusive and welcoming of all LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people.

We were active in the “Vote No” campaign to defeat the anti-marriage equality amendment in 2012 in Minnesota. We celebrated the passing of the marriage equality bill in 2013. The United Church of Christ, a leader in LGBT rights, had its first openly gay minister in 1972.


Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Retreat
Friday, Sept 8 – Sunday, Sept 10, 2017

“A weekend for all trans-identified and gender-variant folk”

Pilgrim Point Camp in Alexandria, Minnesota is pleased to offer a special weekend retreat for the trans and gender non-conforming community. Come as you are to connect, share, play, and relax in this temporary, intentional community where gender-variant is the norm.

Pilgrim Point Camp is a part of the Minnesota Conference UCC, but you do not need to belong to a specific faith tradition – or ANY faith tradition – to attend. As part of the UCC, Pilgrim Point Camp provides a space of radical hospitality and emphasizes the work of social justice. We mean it when we say, “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey… you are welcome here.”

Sign Up Now!

Cost: $110/person for lodging, meals, and all activities

When: 3pm on Friday, September 8 – 11am on Sunday, September 10
Where: Pilgrim Point Camps & Retreats (2059 Pilgrim Point Rd NW, Alexandria, MN 56308)
Who: For all trans-identified or gender non-conforming folk regardless of sexual orientation (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $110/person

Questions? Email the Pilgrim Point Registrar, Zac Norenberg, at zacn@uccmn.org.


UCC in Minnesota Makes History as it Helps Defeat the Marriage Amendment

LGBT Rights UCCWhen the Minnesota legislature voted to put a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage on the ballot for November 2012, the UCC quickly got involved. Minnesotans United for All Families, an advocacy group dedicated to defeating the amendment, was born and the Conference Board set up a “Vote NO Fund” to collect donations for the organization.

In June 2012, Rev. Oby Ballinger from Community UCC in St. Paul Park began working as a part-time UCC organizer at Minnesotans United. He and eight other faith community organizers led over 70 conversation trainings throughout the state, equipping people of all denominations to have conversations about why they opposed the amendment as people of faith. They held three “clergy calling clergy” phone banks and assembled 100 clergy for trainings across the state.

UCC members also worked together to coordinate their congregational efforts. They hosted campaign events, offered space for phone banks, joined as coalition partners in the campaign, raised money, and held worship services for prayer and support. Individual churches showed faithful opposition to the amendment through Pride activities, hosting art exhibits, putting up banners, flying rainbow flags, and even organizing a flash mob.

At its Annual Meeting the Conference announced it would receive contributions to the “Vote NO Fund” to support the organizing work of Rev. Ballinger. Two weeks before the election, the Conference donated $5,000 from a fund designated for telling the story of the UCC through media. This financial commitment echoed the contributions of time and talent given by UCC members and congregations throughout the campaign. We shared the UCC’s longstanding tradition of faithful support for LGBT people. We put faith into action and made a visible witness for God’s love by advocating for equal treatment. As a result, the marriage amendment was defeated on November 6, 2012 – the first time any such amendment has been defeated at the ballot box. Together, we made history.


 

Open and Affirming Churches in Minnesota

First Congregational United Church of Christ, Anoka
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Austin
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Brainerd

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Delano
Congregational Church of Detroit Lakes, United Church of Christ, Detroit Lakes
Peace United Church of Christ, Duluth
Pilgrim Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Duluth
Edina Morningside Community Church, United Church of Christ, Edina
Union Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Elk River
Falcon Heights United Church of Christ, Falcon Heights
Congregational Church of Faribault, United Church of Christ, Faribault

First Congregational UCC, Grand Marais

Union Congregational UCC, Hackensack
Mizpah United Church of Christ, Hopkins
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Mankato
First Congregational Church of Minnesota, United Church of Christ, Minneapolis
Linden Hills Congregational United Church of Christ, Minneapolis
Living Table United Church of Christ, Minneapolis
Lyndale United Church of Christ, Minneapolis
Lynnhurst Congregational United Church of Christ, Minneapolis
Mayflower Community Congregational United Church of Christ, Minneapolis
Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis
Parkway United Church of Christ, Minneapolis
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Montevideo
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Moorhead
United Church of Christ in New Brighton, New Brighton
First United Church of Christ, Northfield
Robbinsdale United Church of Christ, Robbinsdale
The Congregational United Church of Christ, Rochester
Peace United Church of Christ, Rochester
Peace United Church of Christ, St. Cloud
Union Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Louis Park
Cherokee Park United Church, St. Paul
Hazel Park Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Paul
Macalester Plymouth United Church, St. Paul

Olivet Congregational UCC, St. Paul
St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, St. Paul
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, St. Paul
Community United Church of Christ, St. Paul Park
New Spirit United Church of Christ, Savage
Clark Memorial United Church of Christ, South, St. Paul
Grace Community United Church of Christ, South St. Paul
St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Stillwater
First Congregational Church of Winona, UCC, Winona
Parkview United Church of Christ, White Bear Lake
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Zumbrota