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Seattle Pride Parade shows UCC commitment

For the Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, organizers are planning to have “the biggest showing ever for the Pride Parade, to clearly demonstrate the UCC’s active commitment to LGBTQ justice, said Kathy Dawson, one of the organizers.

The UCC presence will consist of a conference float, marching in the parade and a conference booth at the Pride Festival. Organizers call for people to: march in the parade and take a two-hour shift in the conference booth at the Pride Festival.

Co-chairs Kim Larsen and Merlla McLaughlin are gathering information for activities such as music, singing or marching in groups.

It costs more for organizations to be in the parade this year—$1,500, up from $500 last year, so the UCC churches in the Greater Seattle area are raising money to cover the cost, said Kathy Dawson.

Some churches have held bake sales, bulb sales or taken special offerings.

Plymouth Congregational UCC is collecting checks with Pride on the memo line at 1217 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101.

Many have participated in Pride Parades, but the Pride Festival has been added.

Volunteers will be in the conference booth to greet visitors, hand out brochures, and talk about how great it is to belong to a church that believes in justice and acts on that belief, said Kathy.

Those marching in the parade or working at the booth are asked to wear a plain white T-shirt or top with rainbow accessories.

For information, call Merlla at 206-718-2433 or Kim Larsen at 206-818-1819, or email


Pacific Northwest Conference UCC News © Summer 2017


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