Rainbow Scarves a UCC movement against bullying

Why your church should advocate for ‘the least of these’

A churchwide movement of more than 1,000 knitters, weavers and crochet artists joined forces to transform General Synod 2013 in Long Beach, Calif., into a landscape of bright colors. Delegates and visitors returned home in July with more than 12,000 rainbow scarves–after signing a pledge to take action in their congregation and community against bullying in public and charter schools.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual teenagers are at least three times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual teens. Suicide rates among transgender youth and young adults are even higher. The UCC’s Rainbow Scarf Project helps congregations stand together with LGBT youth–to show that their capacity to love and seek love is God’s blessing on their lives.

Bullying is one of the leading causes of suicide and attempted suicide by LGBT youth. When churches take action together to protect LGBT youth from bullying, they are following the teaching of Jesus: whatever you do for “for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.” (Matt. 25:40 CEB)

Rainbow Scarves at General Synod