Parity Board President,
Rev. Anna Taylor Sweringen

"I've been involved with Parity since 2008 and have served as chair of the Board of Visionaries. A long time advocate, I have been active in the struggle for marriage equality and have been honored with a Parity Award.

I was excited to be part of the visioning that turned Presbyterian Welcome into Parity because we wanted to become more diverse, expand ecumenically, grow geographically and continue to strive for LGBTQia advocacy and empowerment. I'm even more excited now that vision is taking root and that I can bring an advocate's power of presence in my new role as Board President.

Here's a little about me you might not learn when you Google me:  A recovering born-again Evangelical, I'm an ordained United Church of Christ (UCC) minister and have full standing with the PCUSA. I've served churches in the Metro/Suffolk Association of the UCC, Presbytery of NYC and Presbytery of the Palisades and as an associate for Church Growth and Evangelism of the NYC Conference of the UCC.

All of us are grateful to former Board President Timothy Palmer Curl, who continues to share his time and talent in support of Parity's mission.  We are also grateful to you, Parity supporters, for all that you do to share in our goal of a world where LGBTQia people may freely embrace their faith and gifts for leadership.

So here's to 2018 and our latter days being great!"

Anna T.S.
President, Parity Board of Directors