April 16, 2013


Open and Affirming churches respond to the Boston Marathon tragedy


In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Healer. 


Open and Affirming congregations throughout the United Church of Christ will be holding the people of Boston and our UCC congregations in Massachusetts in thought and prayer as the Boston Marathon tragedy continues to unfold. 


We ask your prayers

  • For those who were wounded or killed and their families.
  • For the people of Boston, for marathon runners, staff and volunteers.
  • For parents and pastors who are comforting their children.
  • For our congregations in Massachusetts--especially in the Metropolitan Boston Association--for the staff of the Massachusetts Conference, and for all people of faith as they turn to the wisdom of their traditions for understanding and comfort.
  • For the emergency services in Boston, the hospitals and their staff who are treating the injured, the police and FBI who are investigating the crime, and all in public service who are working to protect us.
  • For all of us who are united in grief, that in the midst of death we can, in time, experience the Resurrection hope that violence and hatred will not be the final word in our lives, or in our world.

We especially hold in prayer the staff and members of two Open and Affirming churches that were directly on the Marathon route and near the scene of the attacks: Old South Church and the Church of the Covenant.

Your responses to the tragedy can be shared on the Coalition's Facebook page at facebook.com/ucc.coalition. Look for "Boston Marathon Response" post at the top of the page: you may comment on that post and link to any resources for healing, worship, pastoral care or preaching you think may be helpful. 


The Leadership Team
UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns

For more information
Massachusetts Conference Minister response to the attacks
Latest resources from the Massachusetts Conference