Written by Daniel Hazard
Members of the Massachusetts Conference's Open and Affirming Task Force took the UCC's "God is still speaking," message to gay-friendly Provincetown, Mass., during two weekends in August. "P-town," the site of the Pilgrim's first landing in 1620, is known now for its extravagant welcome of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Ironically, however, it has no UCC church. "In a total of about four hours each day, we interacted with 178 people," says Kathie Carpenter, task force chair. Rick Carson, a UCC member in Florida and former Provincetown resident, first conceived the idea after lamenting the lack of a UCC presence in this progressive, Pilgrim-significant resort town.