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.
South Church Pride will seek to ensure a safe and engaging environment for all LGBTQ+ individuals and their families, inclusive of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and gender-non conforming people of all ages. We strive to promote awareness of South Church’s Open and affirming (ONA) policy by creating positive impact within our sanctuary and for the entire community through education, advocacy, discussion and any other appropriate means.
Interested in joining South Pride? Have ideas or suggestions for the team? All are welcome, click here to email us!
Our South Church Library is a great resource for LGBTQ+ books for both adults and children. Click here for book recommendations and details about how to safely check out our books.
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 Faiths.