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"Open and Affirming" is a phrase we use to celebrate and announce our congregations that welcome all people, regardless of sexual identity and gender expression. 

A congregation that is "O&A" will celebrate each person for who they are, never doubting God's love for them. 

Study of scripture, intentional listening, and official decision making are all part of the process for being an "O&A" Church.

O&A Congregations are open to everyone. The percentage of members who identify themselves as part of the LGBTQI2-S community varies from Church to Church. Straight people make up a large part of our O&A membership. O&A doesn't mean you are at a "gay church." It means you are at God's Church, and everyone is welcome. 

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