Monday, June 13, 2016


We spent the better part of Saturday in Boston at the Pride parade. It was glorious to be able to join with others from our beloved faith community (both Plymouth Church and other member churches within the MA UCC) as well as countless other groups in support of the LGBTQ community. Our day started with worship at Old South Church where Senator Elizabeth Warren and Pastor Judy Hanlon were honored and gave wonderful speeches. Afterward, we made our way to the MA UCC section and waited for the parade to begin. Once the parade began we were treated to Boston in all her rainbow glory and easily the best crowd of parade goers I've ever seen. Everyone was so happy and supportive and encouraging that it made the long walk in the (gentle) rain all the easier! The girls had a fabulous time handing out candy as they walked along. By the time we reached the end we were all happily tired and ready to head home.

Sadly, for all the joy and happiness that Saturday brought with it, it was shattered by the news out of Orlando on Sunday about the horrific events at Pulse nightclub in the early morning hours. Our hearts are broken but our spirit is not. We will continue to stand up and support our friends, family members and the entire LGBTQ community in the wake of this senseless tragedy. Friends, I know I've said it a thousand times on Facebook and Instagram and I will say it (at least) a thousand more: We in the UCC truly mean it when we say "all are welcome here." If you need a safe place to go or someone to listen, please know that if you find your closest UCC church (especially one who is listed as Open And Affirming) you will be safe and welcome there. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who are affected by this tragedy. xo

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