Open and Affirming Celebration

Celebrating 10 years as an
Open and Affirming Congregation

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 10am

The Reverend Jim Mitulski, guest minister
Metropolitan Community Church – San Francisco
Senior Pastor (1986-2001)

Whoever you are…
wherever you are on life’s journey…
You ARE welcome here!

50 Paul Revere Road

The Rev. Jim Mitulski comes to the Park Avenue Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Arlington, MA on May 7, 2017, to preach and to share in worship as the church observes the 10th anniversary of its Open and Affirming declaration.

“Open and Affirming” is the UCC’s designation for congregations that publicly welcome persons of any and all gender and sexual identities to full participation in the life of the church.

The Rev. Jim Mitulski currently serves as the Interim Senior Pastor at the Congregational Church of Needham, MA. From 1986-2001, Jim was senior pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco. That church, located in the heart of the city’s Castro section, was a beacon for the LGBT civil rights movement and was at the forefront of proactive response to the AIDS crisis.

As Campus Pastor and Worship Director at the Pacific School of Theology, Berkeley, CA, Jim Mitulski taught courses on HIV and Theology, Liturgy for Liberation, Queer church music and liturgy, and Church Growth for Liberals.

Jim holds a BA from Columbia University, the M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion, and was a Merrill Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School. He is an advocate and an activist with a passion for spirituality and social justice.

Mitulski has been published in Take Back the Word: A Queer Reading of the Bible with “Ezekiel understands AIDS: AIDS understands Ezekiel, or Reading the Bible with HIV”; in John McNeil’s Sex as God Intended; The Christian Century; The Witness; and The Lambda Literary Review.

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