Joyce and Robert Strommen Fund
Throughout their lives, Bob and Joyce Strommen worked to make sure that lesbian, gay. bisexual, and transgender people were welcomed and affirmed. Joyce Dorothy Mervosh Strommen (1936-2017) always told people that she learned about justice by watching her father feed the hungry and provide a warm bed or a job to a person experiencing homelessness from his market. Throughout his career, the Rev. Robert T. Strommen (1934 - 2015) was dedicated to justice. He spent part of his early career registering voters in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement and as an association minister founded the first ONA congregation in the Ohio conference. The couple spent their fifty-seven year marriage caring for their four children and three grandchildren and working to create a world where all people were treated equally, regardless of their gender, sexuality, or race. Their long-term support of the Coalition is continued through gifts to this fund.
After the United States Supreme Court ruled that marriage was a covenant that should not be limited by human decrees, President Barack Obama echoed the UCC slogan. "The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free." Robert Strommen missed hearing those words by a few weeks, but the work of Joyce and Bob Strommen helped create the truth that the president reflected. Your generous contributions will expand their work and carry it forward to advance the mission of prophetic justice.
People of faith continue to work for a just world following the wisdom of Christ. "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me." (Matthew 25: 35- 36) The Coalition is dedicated to living out that mission, achieving justice not just for LGBTQ people, but for all people. Every new Open and Affirming congregation makes a commitment to continue the work of those who came before, and this fund will sustain that work.