March 2017: ONA Book Series

March 2017: ONA Book Series

Exploring Transgender Experience

becoming-nicoleIn March 2017, the Open and Affirming Team of First Church explored Transgender experience through a group reading of the book Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt.  The series concluded with a panel conversation,

The book is available on Amazon at

The inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning science reporter for The Washington Post.

March 6, 7pm in the Buxton Room
(please read first half of the book)

March 20, 7pm in the Buxton Room
(please finish the book)

March 27, 7pm in the Buxton Room
A panel with special guests:
Amanda Klatt, Resource Coordinator for PFLAG Hartford and PFLAG North East Region
Louis Mitchell, Associate Minister, South Congregational Church, Springfield, MA; Senior Program Manager, Transfaith (

Speaker biographies:

Amanda Klatt lives in the Hartford, CT area with her two children. She serves as a Fiscal Officer for the State of Connecticut and has volunteered as the Resource Coordinator and group facilitator for PFLAG Hartford ( since 2014. In addition, as an active member of the UCC family, she continues as a panelist / consultant for UCC churches going through the Open and Affirming process. She is a volunteer for Stonewall Speakers, and transitioned herself in 2011. Amanda is an avid SCUBA diver/Instructor and a veteran of the Volunteer Fire Service.


Louis-MItchell-1x1Louis Mitchell is a pioneering “intentional man,” elder, and advocate, who serves as a consultant for community engagement and the Senior Program Manager for the Transfaith™/Interfaith Working Group  ( and as an Assistant Minister for South Congregational Church in Springfield, MA.  Louis has been involved in the fight for health, respect and self-determination since the early 1980s, with deep engagement in political, mental health, recovery, and black church contexts.