South Church is an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation. Our ONA designation means we have declared that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are not only welcome but also affirmed in the full life of our church and its ministries. We strive to provide a warm welcome to all God’s children, to live out this welcome in meaningful ways, to grow in understanding of one another, and to seek opportunities to celebrate our welcoming environment. We believe this mission falls under the larger umbrella of social justice.

On June 18, 2020, Mimi Lemay, the author of “What We Will Become” joined us for a virtual Zoom event. Lemay shared the story of her transgender child’s odyssey, and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her life. This event was co-sponsored by South Church and Welcoming FaithsClick here to view (54 minutes)

South Church is also a host home for PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)  and Transgender support groups.

More about PFLAG and their meetings at South Church
Merrimack Valley PFLAG is a national support, education and advocacy organization for LGBTQ people, their families, friends and allies. Many families struggle with the news that a loved one has “come out” as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or an array along the gender scale. These terminologies are discussed if the need is requested. Facilitators and others who present at these discussions have dealt with confusion, pain and anxieties within their own families. Group discussion has an amazing affect to mend hearts and tear down fences.

Merrimack Valley PFLAG Meetings at South Church
Parents of Transgender Children Support Group

Open to parents/caregivers of transgender children of all ages. Please attend, if only to listen. No judgments are made and no input is required. All content of the meetings is kept in strict confidence.

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This video provides information about the Open & Affirming movement in the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ (featuring our Senior Pastor Dana).