The United Church of Christ in New England is invited to “Be the Church” and join forces at the Boston Women’s March for America on Saturday, January 21, 2017.
Many people who were already planning to join the March asked if the MA Conference UCC would be organizing a way to march together. Here are plans we have made in response to that request.

Where: Meet at the “Make Way for Ducklings” statue in the Public Garden in Boston at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets, across from the staging area for the start of the March. Using public transportation is strongly urged for this event!

When: We will gather at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 21 and join the rally that proceeds the March at 11:00 a.m. The whole event is scheduled between 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Our UCC group is committing to be together from our gathering spot at 10:30 a.m. until the finish of the March at 2:00 p.m.

What: This March is organized in Boston and coincides with Marches happening in the same time frame across the nation. Its stated mission is “We stand for religious freedom, human rights, climate justice, racial justice, economic justice and reproductive justice. Together we will send a message to our leaders and the world that the United States of America stands for values of human decency, equal rights and freedom from discrimination. Ours is a peaceful, nonpartisan march.” You can read more about the March here.

How: We want to “Be the Church” in this moment and so are asking people to come garbed either in a UCC “Be the Church” apron or an apron of your own choosing. As followers of Jesus, we are servant leaders of a servant Christ – our aprons will unify us in that message. For those who wish, and are able to purchase, the UCC apron will proclaim that message clearly. Aprons are also easy to wear over winter clothing and should look fantastic! As a “women’s” march, the apron with this message also provides a delicious domestic twist and play on stereotypes. The MA Conference has ordered 10 aprons, which will be loaned to the first nine people who request them. In an email follow-up to your registration, we will let you know how to request the loaner.

If you wish to order a “Be the Church” apron for yourself you can go here.

We are marching in winter, so here are some tips for keeping warm.

Why: We March to speak truth to power. By gathering in ways such as these, we join a long line of forbears who spoke truth to power as proclaimed by prophets of old, coined in a phrase by Quakers and embodied in the ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Who: Anyone – this March, while led by women, is open to everyone! Associate Conference Minister Rev. Wendy Vander Hart is the point person for the UCC contingent at the Boston March (in conspiratorial partnership with Rev. Dr. Nancy Taylor of Old South Church and Rev. June Cooper and Rev. Ruth Edens at City Mission).