DANBURY — Last June, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury decided to fly a rainbow flag outside of its site to show everyone is welcome.
Since then, the flag has been burned twice and stolen a few weeks ago. But instead of deterring the congregation from hanging another in its place, an outpouring of donated flags came in from individuals and faith communities.
On Sunday, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty presented the congregation with a new pride flag to replace the one stolen in May.
“However many flags it takes, we’ll just keep putting them up and however many hours it takes on the floor, we’ll do it,” Esty told the congregation during Sunday’s service.
Esty has been trying to present the new flag for several months. When she learned it was the Rev. Barbara Fast’s last Sunday with the congregation, she pushed the trip to the top of her list.
“When I read about what was happening here and the desecrating of this flag of hope and love and peace, I wanted to be here,” Esty said.