UCC pastor leads prayers at Supreme Courthouse moments before DOMA decision
Written by Staff Reports June 27, 2013
In the early morning hours of June 25, as the crowd on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Courthouse awaited word on DOMA and Proposition 8, a UCC minister and his ecumenical colleague created an historic moment of their own.
“[We] decided that this was a moment that warranted prayer and it was important for the crowd to see religious leaders standing up for them and not against them,” said the Rev. Rob Apgar-Taylor, pastor of Grace UCC in Frederick, Md., and Veritas UCC in Hagerstown, Md. “I wore my collar, and people actually asked, ‘Are you for us or against us?’”
So Apgar-Taylor and the Rev. Jill McCrory, pastor of Twinbrook Baptist Church in Rockville, Md., stood and announced to those close to them, “We would like to offer a prayer of blessing if you want.”
The response was an overwhelming, immediate “yes,” said Apgar-Taylor.
And word quickly spread, as crowd members started shouting back to others, “We are going to have a prayer!”
Immediate silence fell all around Apgar-Taylor and McCrory, who offered prayers for “the justices and our nation as we accept whatever decision is to come.”
“It was a moment in ministry I will cherish always,” said Apgar-Taylor.