Open and Affirming (ONA) has been Adopted

Following two years of prayer, education, discussion and listening, Hokuloa voted to become an Open and Affirming Congregation. We thank everyone who participated in this important discernment process. May we continue to be a bold witness for God's inclusive and unconditional LOVE!

“Open and Affirming” (ONA) is a movement of more than 1,500 churches and other ministries in the United Church of Christ that welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) members. Hokuloa is the sixth UCC congregation in the state and the first on Hawaii Island to become an Open and Affirming congregation.

On Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 the Congregation fully adopted an Open and Affirming Covenant.

The Timeline:
Many Years    Food Drives to support Hawaii HIV AIDS Foundation
April 2017       Mustard Seed Group, Rev. Bill Hawk. Topic: ONA

August 2017    Council Approved ONA Discernment Process

May 2018         After Church Forum with Ellen Carson, Bible Verses

July 2018          Film A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE, discussion with Yvonne Leiser

Sept 2018        Forum to discuss book: A HOUSE UNITED, Pastor Joe Medlin

Oct 2018          ONA Webinar Viewing at George Winchell’s

March 2019     After Church Forum with Don and Ellen Clark, their Illinois
                             church’s experience with the ONA Process

March 2019     Announcements that Hokuloa is in the discernment process on webpage,
                              Facebook, E-zine and Orders of Worship

April 28, 2019  Sermon and After Church Forum with Rev. Florentino Cordova from
                               Iao United Church on Maui, an ONA Church

July 28, 2019    Discussion about Open & Affirming (ONA) Covenants. Formed a covenant
                              drafting group consisting of Anne marie, Pam, Marjorie, Jack, and Joe
                              and headed by Linda Petrucelli
Sept 29, 2019  Discuss and review the Covenant Group's proposed covenant. A few small
                              changes were made.
Nov 24, 2019  Adopted ONA Covenant during Congregational Meeting

Dec 15, 2019  CELEBRATION

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