Throng of UMs Joins Bishop to Participate in SF Pride Parade

July 03, 2019

More than 200 United Methodists from around the Bay Area joined Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño in marching in the SF Pride parade, Sunday, June 30, in San Francisco.
“It was a wonderful day,” said Rev. Staci Current, District Superintendent for the Bay District that includes San Francisco (shown here serving Communion, to the left of Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño). “We had worship, including Communion, on the street prior to the parade. The love was palpable.”

“It was a very empowering day,” agreed 
Rev. Angela Brown, United Methodist Minister of Community Engagement, Advocacy and Justice at the Waller Center in San Francisco. “We were 200+ in solidarity with our LGBTQAI siblings. We worshipped, had words of love and support from our bishop, served Communion, and then marched.”

The United Methodist group also handed out Chapstick emblazoned with the words “RISE AND RESIST – God Does Not Discriminate,” in alignment with the SF Pride theme, “Generation of Resistance.”

Among the churches participating from the California-Nevada Annual Conference were Bethany United Methodist Church in San Francisco, Open Door UMC in Richmond, and Epworth UMC in Berkeley. 

[Editor’s Note: United Methodists were well represented at the June 8 Sacramento Pride parade, also. See UMs Turn out in Huge Numbers for SacPride Parade.]