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We are an Open and Affirming church in the United Church of Christ

No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!
Rev. Rick King, Rev. Luke Grobe and many members of First Congregational United Church of Christ (FCUCC) are part of the St. Vrain Valley Safe Schools Coalition. Join them on Facebook at

http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Vrain-Valley-Safe-Schools-Coalition/147382388625558.

For information on Open and Affirming (ONA) and the United Church of Christ (UCC) please see http://www.ucc.org/lgbt/ona.html.

An Open and Affirming Congregation: In keeping with the life and teachings of Christ Jesus, we joyfully and unconditionally welcome all people of any age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, culture, ability, or sexual orientation into our community of faith and affirm the worth of all people as unique individuals made in God's image. We are open to the special gifts that each person brings and invite each one to participate in the life of our church.

Join the One Colorado staff on Nov. 13, 2013 for a discussion at UCC Longmont at 9th & Francis in the Fireside Room at 6:00pm about what it is going to take to create a winning campaign to secure marriage equality in Colorado.

OASOS Sponsors LGBTQ Family Group Meeting on August 8, 2013

In our recent survey of Boulder County LGBTQ headed families, the Boulder County Allies for Inclusion (BCAFI) coalition found that 46% of respondents are interested in social groups for LGBTQ families and that 38% of parents are interested in a social network of other LGBTIQ headed families with school age children.

In an effort to address this need, Out Boulder and Parenting Place have formed a partnership to create a community of support for LBGTQ families. The plan is to provide regularly scheduled gatherings for parents and children (of any age) in order to reduce isolation and provide a safe space for families to convene for friendship, education and support.

The first group is open to any LGBTQ families and will be held August 8, 5:30-7:00pm at Parenting Place, 1235 Pine St., Boulder

At the first group meeting we will discuss:

1. What format would you like to see - i.e. facilitated support groups, social gatherings, potlucks, educational offerings, combinations, any other ideas?
2. Will parents and children meet together or separate into their own groups? (If so, Parenting Place will provide childcare / children's activities.)
3. What days/times work well for you?
4. How often would you like to see the group meet? Weekly? Monthly?

Questions? Please contact Jane at jane(at)myparentingplace.org, or 303-449-0177, ext 201. We hope that this will fill the need for many of the families in our community!

Thank you, Heather Crate, OASOS Program Coordinator, hcrate(at)bouldercounty.org303-678-6259, www.bouldercountyOASOS.org

Longmont Pride - June 23, 2013

An afternoon of fun from 1 to 6:00pm at Willow Farm Park, 901 S. Fordham. Enjoy food, games, and more. The event was sposonored by PFLAG, OASOS, and OUT Boulder.

UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns

Supreme Court to heard Proposition 8, DOMA arguments on March 26-27. Join the nationwide prayer campaign! On March 26 and 27 (Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week) the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases that challenge laws limiting our freedom to marry: Proposition 8 (the California law overturning a state court decision allowing same-sex marriages) and DOMA (the federal Defense of Marriage Act). 

Please see http://www.facebook.com/UCC.Coalition and email ed(at)ucccoalition.org for more information.

Grief Support Workshop

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - April 10, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Have you or someone you know suffered the loss of a partner, parent, child, friend or other loved one? Do you need to talk about it in a LGBT friendly environment? HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties and OutBoulder are sponsoring an 8 week grief support workshop for members of the LGBT community who have experienced a loss through death and are seeking support in the grieving process. Topics will include understanding the grief process, remembering your loved one, role changes and self-care and coping. This group is recommended for participants who are a minimum of 3 months past a death loss. The group is limited to 10 people. Registration is required. More info: http://outboulder.org/content/lgbt-grief-and-loss-support-group-0.

To register or for questions, please contact: Juliethomas(at)hospicecareonline.org or (303) 604-5300. Thank you, Aicila Lewis, Executive Director of OutBoulder.

Check out the Daily Camera article about Boulder Pride!

Tuesday Lunch Bunch Open & Affirming Series in January, 2013

The group started the new year with an Open & Affirming (O & A) Series:

  • January 8 - "It's Personal" a presentation by Sylvia Staats
  • January 15 - "A Parent's Journey" with the Credes
  • January 22 - "What the Bible Really Says..." with Pastor Luke
  • January 29 - "O & A - Why?" and "The Next Step" with Pastor Luke

We gather at 12 noon each Tuesday in Room 10 at First Congregational UCC Longmont at 9th and Francis for a sack lunch & conversation. The series presentation and discussion starts at 12:30 and we plan to conclude no later than 2 pm. We'll hope to see you as we share, laugh, and grow in our understanding and our faith. Call Julie Nosek at 303-485-2470.

No Dumb Quesions

This Sundance award-winning film is an essential transgender, bullying and child development educational resource. See NoDumbQuestions.com

When my friend found out his brother was becoming a woman, he and his wife were nervous about telling their 6, 9 and 11 year old daughters that their Uncle Bill was becoming their new Aunt Barbara. But they were brave and pushed forward with humor and love. I'm so grateful that they let me document and share their experience.

Dr. Mel White in Boulder on Oct. 20 and 21, 2012

The First Congregational Church of Boulder hosted Rev. Dr. Mel White, co-founder of Soul Force, to speak and lead a workshop session. Soul Force was one of the first organizations to actively work to heal the fractures between the LGBTQ and faith communities.

As part of FCC's celebration of 25 years as an open an affirming church, they offered an opportunity for community members to hear Mel speak on Oct. 20 and at services on Oct. 21. Dr. White also lead a workshop on how to engage in non-violent resistance to free LGBTQ people from political and religious oppression. Check out the Daily Camera article about Boulder Pride! - Aicila Lewis, Executive Director of Out Boulder

"Out In The Silence" 

Our church hosted a film and lunch event on Sept. 17, 2011 - "Out In The Silence." 

Millions of students return to their schools for the start of another school year. For most students the start of a new school year is full of excitement and anticipation. For many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, however, the start of a new school year marks a time of dread. They will return to environments where they are tormented by their peers. Some schools will blame the bullying on the victim.

After school many LGBT studens will return to homes where they don't receive much-needed support from their families, and on Sundays many will attend churches that condemn them. The start of a new school year is indeed a trying time for LGBT students, and last year we saw several highly-publicized national news stories that told us about the tragic suicides of LGBT students in the U.S. that have been far too common for many years.
 
The St. Vrain Safe Schools Coalition - with support from Out Boulder, PFLAG of Boulder County, and One Colorado - hosted an event to address these concerns. The documentary "Out In The Silence" is about a teen who was bullied out of his high school when he revealed that he was gay. The documentary filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer were in attendance to answer questions about the film and about how to mobilize toward making our communities safe and inviting for all. Following the film and Q&A session, were breakout sessions for those who wished to stay and find out more about how change can happen in our schools, churches and homes.