Bluegrass United Church of Christ...

  • is a safe space for open and honest conversation about human sexuality and gender identity,
  • encourages LGBTQ members to serve in lay and ordained leadership,
  • celebrates same-sex weddings,
  • celebrates the anniversaries of LGBTQ married and partnered couples,
  • advocates for marriage equality and LGBTQ civil rights,
  • is happy to partner with the Imperial Court of Kentucky, AVOL and other LGBTQ organizations,
  • is willing to host meetings of groups like PFLAG and other LGBTQ support groups,
  • advertises that it is a safe space for LGBTQ and questioning youth,
  • participates as a group in the local LGBTQ Pride Festival,
  • celebrates ONA Sunday once a year and annually renews its ONA covenant.

Bluegrass is a designated Open and Affirming Congregation

Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ's designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. 

Learn more about the UCC's Open and Affirming designation here

The UCC has ministries and resources available to the LGBTQ+ community. Find them here


On June 15, 2019 Dr. Lisa W. Davison, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma brought an accurate understanding and an honest perspective to what the Bible really says about gender and homosexuality.

Dr. Davison's expertise lies in the fields of Hebrew Bible (Christian First Testament), Women in the Bible, Sexuality and the Bible, Contemporary issues (justice, gender, race, economics) and the Bible, and Christian use and mis-use of the Hebrew Bible (Christian First Testament). Her writings include the book, Preaching the Women of the Bible, along with commentaries, essays and entries in major theological books and bible commentaries. She is currently working on her second book, this one about women in the Hebrew Bible who are remembered without being described as mothers or “barren”.

Audio of Dr. Davison's presentation is available below.