This weekend is the annual Portland Pride Festival. Each year member congregations of the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ participate in the Pride Parade alongside other churches and our brothers and sisters in the larger interfaith community. The parade will be held on Sunday (June 20th) at 11:30 am. A special 9:30 am worship service will be held that morning at First Congregational United Church of Christ (1136 SW Park Avenue) in the chapel for UCC members and others who will be marching. I'm excited to have been invited back to led the service and deliver the sermon. All are welcome. Liz and I plan to march in the parade with the UCC contingent. We hope to see many of our friends there.
My sermon title for the service will be "It Is Good: Family & Community In The Tradition Of Jesus."Joyce Liljeholm has emailed in some additional information for UCC members who want to march in the parade.
Our UCC parade spot is #93 and the parade steps off at 11:30 AM. Number #93 assembles along NW Davis between 12th and 13th. Everyone is welcome to the Central Pacific Conference contingent. We have a couple who will do the early morning check-in to reserve our spot, which is #93. They will have a van to carry anyone who cannot walk the length of the route. For those who would enjoy it, there will be a conference sponsored service in the chapel of Portland First UCC at 9:30 AM (1126 SW Park). Rev Chuck Currie is preaching this year. We will walk over to the line-up from there at 10:30 AM. If anyone expects to be delayed, and wants to join us along the route, please remind them the route has changed this year. It goes along Burnside to Broadway, then north to Davis and then along Davis to the waterfront. Finally, the conference has a booth at the waterfront festival. It is B-3. Come visit between noon and 6 PM Saturday or Sunday. We look forward to seeing you.