Please join First Church and many other UCC churches for this year’s Boston Pride Parade that is happening on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

We will start off at Old South Church in Boston.

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Pride Morning Worship

Date: Jun 13 2015 – 10:00am to 11:00am

We are POZitively Proud to gather as LGBTQ people of faith and, on this 30th Anniversary of AIDS Walk Boston, celebrate the mighty strides made in preventing, treating, and understanding HIV/AIDS. We will honor three heroes of HIV/AIDS research and advocacy: Larry Kessler, founding director of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts; Dr. Kenneth Mayer, founder, Co-Chair, and Medical Research Director of The Fenway Institute; and Rev. Irene Monroe, author, scholar, and motivational speaker.

We also welcome Voices Rising, a Boston-area women’s chorus founded upon feminist principles of community, inclusivity, activism, and education.

On the morning of the Boston Pride Parade, before you set your feet to marching, come let your spirit soar!

Larry Kessler is the founding director of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, New England’s oldest and largest AIDS service organization. Since 1983, AAC has been a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, advocating at the city, state, and federal levels for fair and effective AIDS policies, conducting cutting edge HIV prevention programs, and providing health and wellness services to people already living with HIV. And annually, since 1986, AAC hosts AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run, the largest community fundraiser and awareness event for HIV/AIDS in New England, supporting its innovative programs and services.

Dr. Kenneth Mayer is a Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, and Attending Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and Director of HIV Prevention Research there. He is the founder, Co-Chair, and Medical Research Director of The Fenway Institute, the research, training and health policy division of Fenway Health, the largest ambulatory facility caring for HIV-infected patients in New England.

Rev. Irene Monroe is a Huffington Post blogger and a syndicated religion columnist whose columns appear in 43 cities across the country and in the U.K and Canada. She has been profiled in Omagazine, and she appears in the film For the Bible Tells Me So, an exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community.

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On Saturday, June 13, 2015, following Pride Morning Worship,  First Church Swampscott will join the Boston Pride Parade and proclaim the love God has for all. If you plan to join us, email Natasha. On June 13th, we will meet in the Chapel at 11:30 am before lining up outside as a group. The parade begins at 12 noon in Copley Square and ends in City Hall Plaza.