[gallery type="rectangular" ids="7593,7592"] Rev. Mark Bowen, leader of Unitarios Universalistas de Puerto Rico, shares the following update:
UU Puerto Rico was proud to march in the 25th Annual San Juan Pride Parade on Sunday June 6th! Our small, but growing, congregation chose to replace the regular monthly worship with an Action of Social Witness here in the community to demonstrate our support for human and LGBTQ rights. Congregation members were pleased with the crowd’s reception. The consulting minister, the Rev. Mark Bowen, reports that many spectators came out into the parade and thanked UUPR for their support and many even requested photos with “the pastor!” This event was important in many ways including demonstrating support for human rights, LGBTQ rights and the right to marry for all -- Standing on the Side of Love! Additionally, Unitarian Universalism is not well known on the island, so the participation of UUPR helped raise the awareness that there is a church supportive and aligned with the goals of equal rights for all here in Puerto Rico. UUPR members passed out nearly 400 “elevator speech” cards with a summary of Unitarian Universalism and the details of the congregation (an idea brought back from last year’s GA!) A congregational cook-out followed at the minister’s apartment in Old San Juan to reflect on the event, the year, and say farewell to some members moving away. While sad to see old friends leaving, everyone felt energized by their participation and the anticipation of great things to come for UUPR!