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URGENT: Stop New Hampshire from abolishing marriage equality


Watch Craig’s powerful video – then, join him in telling the NH legislature to keep this disastrous bill from ever becoming law. Time is running out before the vote starts.

Watch Republican Craig Stowell explain why he’s standing up for his gay brother, Calvin.

Our team has been working around the clock in New Hampshire to stop this bill from passing – with phone calls, door-to-door canvassing, and meetings with legislators – but it’s just not enough. We need to show New Hampshire that the rest of the country is watching.

You don’t need to live in New Hampshire to know what’s happening there is wrong. You don’t need to be a Democrat or a liberal either. We all have a stake in equality, so we’re calling on the whole country to rally against the hate unfolding before our eyes.

And you need to be heard, now – before the legislature casts its first votes.

Despite national polls showing majority support for marriage equality – including more and more pro-equality Republicans like Craig – not a single Republican presidential candidate spoke out against the New Hampshire bill while campaigning in the state’s primary.

It’s cowardice, plain and simple, and it’s not going to stop until we make legislating bigotry a losing proposition.

Watch Craig’s moving dedication to his brother and then sign our petition to the New Hampshire state legislature.

With your help, we’ll send a message to right-wing politicians everywhere, and make sure this terrible bill never gets enough votes to become law.

For all our families,

Kevin Nix
Campaign Media Director

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Christmas 2011

Something You Can Do for Global Justice Today


Dear Friend,

Despite significant opposition from groups across the political spectrum (far left to far right) and a concerted effort by those of us in the faith community, Senate and House negotiators have drafted a final version of the National Defense Authorization Act that includes specific authorization for the use of long-term indefinite detention without trial.  The same bill also includes provisions that will make it more difficult to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.  Both supporters and opponents of these provisions have argued that the bill would allow for the indefinite detention without trial of American citizens captured in the United States who are suspected of an affiliation with terrorism.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is on the verge of passing Congress with these provisions intact.  The only way to stop these provisions from becoming law is for President Obama to veto the bill.  He has previously threatened to veto it – now it is time for him to follow through.

Please contact the President and tell him that you support his vetoing the NDAA.

If you use Twitter, please Tweet: @whitehouse No indefinite detention; no Guantanamo: #VetoNDAA @NRCATtweets

If you can, please call President Obama at 202-456-1111.  You can say something like:

“Hello.  I’m _______ from _______.  I am a supporter of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and I am calling to ask President Obama to veto the National Defense Authorization Act.  I don’t think that we should pass legislation allowing indefinite detention or making it harder to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.”

Finally, you can also email President ObamaYou can find a model email here.

Thank you for contacting President Obama.  A presidential veto is the last opportunity to stop this dangerous legislation.


Linda Gustitus, President
Rev. Richard L. Killmer, Executive Director

Bill to provide benefits to domestic partners returns to Senate


By FederalDaily Staff
Nov 29, 2011

Two Senate leaders this month reintroduced a bill to provide health and other benefits for domestic partners of federal employees.

Under the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, sponsored by Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-Maine), same-sex domestic partners of federal employees living together in a committed relationship would be eligible for health benefits, long-term care, family and medical leave, and federal retirement benefits.

The bill specifies that employees and their domestic partners would be subject to the same obligations that apply to married feds and spouses, such as anti-nepotism rules and financial disclosure requirements.

The two lawmakers have introduced the bill in the last two Congresses; the measure won the approval of the Governmental Affairs Committee in 2009.

“We repealed the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy in the military because we want the best men and women America has to offer to defend our country,” Lieberman said in a statement. “The same is true for federal employees: We want to attract the best men and women possible to serve in federal government.”

Collins called the changes outlined in the bill “fair policy and good business practice.”

“Today, health, medical, and other benefits are a major component of any competitive employment package,” she said. “Among Fortune 500 companies, for example, domestic partner benefits are commonplace.”

According to a 2009 UCLA Williams Institute study cited by the sponsors, more than 30,000 feds live in committed relationships with same-sex domestic partners who are not federal employees.

Please contact your Senator and demand that this bill passes.

Click on the link below to find out how to contact your Senator.

MCC Headline News – Nov. 10, 2011

Headline News
Tearing Down Walls. Building Up Hope.

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1 December 2011

World AIDS Day is quickly approaching.  If you are like me, you had probably hoped we would have a cure by now and that it was accessible to all.  Sadly, that is not the case.  We are still dealing with an incredibly devastating disease where millions are infected and unable to get the treatment they need.  Governments are cutting spending, and the economic crisis has hit the most marginalized the hardest.  World AIDS Day reminds us to not get complacent.  The first World AIDS Day happened because of a Metropolitan Community Church. Rev. David Farrell, then pastor of MCC San Diego, had the very first service marking a week-long prayer vigil focused on remembering and praying for those infected with, living with, and those who had died from HIV/AIDS. Click here to read more by Rev. Elder Diane Fisher, Director of Outreach.

Click here for a video from our Moderator, Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson. We encourage you to use it during your worship service.

Click here for prayers written by members of our Outreach Health & Wholeness Team.

Click here for UNAIDS’ Strategy Goals by 2015, as referenced in Rev. Elder Fisher’s letter and Rev. Elder Wilson’s video.

Click here for more information about World AIDS Day.

Click here for the official WAD campaign website.

Click here for resources from the official WAD campaign. For resources specific to people of faith, click here.

Tweet with hashtag #WAD2011.



2012 Leadership Mentoring Retreat
(Application Deadline Extended)


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16-19 January 2012

DaySpring Conference Center

Ellenton, Florida

What is that nagging sensation??

Is the Holy Spirit urging you to join with others who want to change lives and change history?
Are you in need of inspiration and re-direction in your ministry, whether as a layperson or as clergy?
Would you enjoy hearing Rev. Elders Nancy Wilson and Don Eastman tell unpublished stories of MCC folklore?
Have you always felt a call beyond the local church to connect the global to the local?
Click here for details about the 2012 Leadership Mentoring Retreat and to learn how to apply. Application must be received by 1 December 2011.


Registration Now Open for
Next L.E.A.D. Retreat
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The Office of Formation and Leadership Development is pleased to announce the second L.E.A.D. retreat, 17-20 February 2012. The L.E.A.D. (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship) Certificate Program provides MCC laity with an opportunity for spiritual growth and the development of leadership skills. Persons who complete the L.E.A.D. Certificate will be placed on a Leadership List available to Elders, Senior Staff, and MCC Clergy for the purpose of creating a leadership pool from which to choose trained laity to serve in leadership positions in MCC at the local, denominational, and international levels.

To participate in the upcoming L.E.A.D. Retreat, individuals should complete the program application found here: L.E.A.D. App link. The cost of the retreat is $475 USD, which includes tuition, three nights’ lodging, and all meals. The location of the retreat at The Balcones Retreat Center, Marble Falls, Texas, is accessible from either the Austin or San Antonio airport. The deadline for applications to the program is 6 January 2012.

The L.E.A.D. Manual, which explains the program in more detail, can be obtained here: L.E.A.D. Manual link. To access our L.E.A.D. Brochure to print for your church, click here.

For questions about the L.E.A.D. program, contact either L.E.A.D. Coordinator: Barry Hundley via or Nancy Maxwell.
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International Transgender Day of Remembrance (20 November 2011)
We Congratulate MCC of Greater St. Louis!
Governing Board Webinar


International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
TDOR2011 banner 20 November 2011

With the International Transgender Day of Remembrance falling on a Sunday this year, we want to encourage each of our churches to participate. Rev. Elder Diane Fisher and Angel Collie have created a new TDOR Liturgy piece for your use in worship and/or in a special service.

Click here for more information and for a list of international events, as well as how to submit your event.


We Congratulate MCC of Greater St. Louis!

MCCGSL HSTS 2011 Finale

I was proud to be a Governing Board member witnessing MCC of Greater Saint Louis’ choir participation in Verizon’s “How Sweet the Sound” Finale on October 28 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. There were nine choirs in this national gospel choir competition from various parts of the USA. It was an honor for MCCGSL to represent their geographical region, as well as MCC, in this event. The choir was commended for its diversity. There were about 50 MCCers in the audience to show our support. Thank you and congratulations, MCCGSL, for your achievement! – Rev. Onetta Brooks

HSTS 2011 Troy & Phillip

Visit the MCCGSL website
to read the press releases and watch a video of their regional performance, which won them the top prize of $10,000 USD!



Governing Board Webinar

If you missed the State of MCC webinar presented by the Governing Board a couple weeks ago, click here to access the recording. There was some great conversation about stewardship and programming resources in the chat window during the webinar. Click here to view a summary of that chat. (Thank you, Bryan Parker.)

2012 Leadership Mentoring Retreat

Western Europe/United Kingdom Network

2012 Leadership Mentoring Retreat

An important leadership development program is being offered by MCC, and I want to encourage the people of MCC in Europe to apply. The MCC Leadership Mentoring Retreat will take place in Ellenton, Florida (USA), 16-19 January 2012. Transportation can be coordinated from either of the two nearest airports: Sarasota/Bradenton (SRQ) and Tampa (TPA).


The application deadline has just been extended to 1 December 2011.


As a special incentive, MCC has offered a travel supplement of up to £250 to people from Europe who are selected by the Moderator to participate in the Retreat. Those who are selected to participate in the Retreat and want to receive the travel supplement should contact Rev. Elder Darlene Garner <> as soon as the notice of acceptance is received.



2012 Leadership Mentoring Retreat
(Application Deadline Extended)
LMR 2012 logo


16-19 January 2012

DaySpring Conference Center

Ellenton, Florida


What is that nagging sensation??

Is the Holy Spirit urging you to join with others who want to change lives and change history?


Are you in need of inspiration and re-direction in your ministry, whether as a layperson or as clergy?


Would you enjoy hearing Rev. Elders Nancy Wilson and Don Eastman tell unpublished stories of MCC folklore?


Have you always felt a call beyond the local church to connect the global to the local?


Click here for details about the 2012 Leadership Mentoring Retreat and to learn how to apply. Application must be received by 1 December 2011.



Network Elder & Team Leader
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
Skype: darlene.garner
Support Staff
Jason O’Neill
Skype: mccjason

Fellowship Sunday Thank You

A Message from
Rev. Dr. Nancy L. Wilson
Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches

An MCC 43rd Anniversary Thank You To 2011 Fellowship Sunday Pacesetter Churches


Dear MCC Leader:

I have three thoughts on my mind that I’d like to share with you today.


I trust your congregation had a wonderful Fellowship Sunday observance and celebration of MCC’s 43rd anniversary this month!

What a blessing to see so many ways God has blessed and guided Metropolitan Community Churches since that very first service with 12 worshippers in Rev. Troy Perry’s home on 6 October 1968!

By their very nature, anniversaries are times of thankfulness. I am so thankful today that God has called us to minister together as colleagues in this amazing, world-wide ministry that is touching lives in 40 countries around the globe.


I love hearing the many ways our Pacesetter churches observed Fellowship Sunday this year!

If you haven’t already done so already, I’d love for you to write to me and let me know how your church celebrated. What was memorable or unique? Did you have special music or testimonies? How did you receive your Fellowship Sunday Offering? Were you able to use the Fellowship Sunday Offering resources?

I encourage you to take a few minutes to write and share your church’s anniversary experiences with me.


I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to your church for being a MCC Pacesetter Church and for participating in the 2011 Fellowship Sunday Offering Campaign!

Please convey my deep appreciation to your congregation for their investment in MCC’s future and in MCC’s growing, emerging international ministry.

Thanks to the generosity of Fellowship Sunday Pacesetter Churches, the MCC International Task Force will be able to hold face-to-face meetings to complete their vital work, and I believe their work will lead to strategies and systems that will strengthen MCC’s global ministry for decades to come.

I’ve also prepared an online video message to say “thank you” for your church’s leadership and generosity:

Click the play button to view video.
(special thanks to Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for producing this and many more videos.)
Please feel free to share this video with your church, or post it on your church’s website. Here is the direct link:

As we begin our 44th year of MCC ministry, let me say again how honored I am to serve as Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches and how pleased I am that we are colleagues in this incredible ministry to which God has called us.

Please know that you and your church continue to be in my prayers, and I, in turn, welcome your prayers for God’s blessing and guidance.

As MCC looks to a hope-filled future, I encourage you to hold fast to this promise from God’s Word:

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has

imagined what God is preparing for those who love God!”

— I Corinthians 2:9


In the Spirit of Jesus,
Rev. Dr. Nancy L. Wilson
MCC Moderator



2011 Fellowship Sunday Offering Campaign

We are on our way to our goal of $25,000 USD. It’s not too late to donate, if you or your church has not participated yet.

Ways to Remit Your Donation to MCC:

  1. Send in your Fellowship Sunday offering with your tithe payment and make a note to let us know how much is designated for this offering.
  2. Mail in a check to MCC, PO Box 1374, Abilene, TX 79604, USA. Be sure to note “Fellowship Sunday offering.”
  3. Click the link below to make a donation online.
    Donate Now

Ecumenical Retreat for Gay & Bisexual Christian Men

Gratitude in Three Movements:
Forgiveness, Acceptance, Thanksgiving
An Ecumenical Retreat for Gay and Bisexual Christian Men
Led by Robert V. Taylor and Chris Glaser
Robert V. Taylor
Robert V. Taylor
Chris Glaser
Chris Glaser
Using a new format to increase dialogue between the co-presenters as well as among the men, we will consider three “movements” of  gratitude, given our proximity to Canadian Thanksgiving in October and American Thanksgiving in November.
The first movement is that of Forgiveness, which helps us “clean house” to make room for gratitude.
The second movement is Acceptance, the practice of welcoming our identities and our experiences.
The third movement is Thanksgiving, giving expression to our gratitude in word and deed.
November 10 – 13, 2011
2495 Fox Gap Road
Bangor, PA 18013
For more information about the retreat, Click Here.
To register, Click Here.
For a full write-up of this program, suitable for posting, Click Here.

Headline News – October 10, 2011

Headline News

Tearing Down Walls. Building Up Hope.

Connie Meadows Announces Her Retirement

Connie Meadows 2011Connie Meadows will retire in December 2011, after serving for 5 1/2 years on MCC staff in the role of the Moderator’s Assistant. Connie started working for Rev. Nancy Wilson when she was pastor of Church of the Trinity MCC in Sarasota, Florida, in 2002.  Connie volunteered at the church office and made a significant contribution there as Rev. Wilson’s assistant. When Rev. Elder Wilson became Moderator in 2005, Connie joined her on staff with MCC at the denominational level.


Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson had this to say, “Connie speaks 6 languages and was a corporate planner in the Hague years ago in the insurance industry, and she had run her own successful business here in the U.S. She was new to MCC but ‘got it’ right away! It was clear to me she had the special kinds of organizational skills that could support me as I succeeded Rev. Perry and set up a new Moderator’s Office here in Florida. I knew that Connie was a gift to me and to us and that she was the perfect person to help me as we helped MCC make this transition. Connie traveled to meetings and conferences, many times at her own expense, and contributed enormously to moving MCC into the global arena. She also got an M.A. in Theology along the way so as to more deeply appreciate and contribute to her work with me, the Elders, and our boards and teams over the years.  Connie has been the ‘detail person’ who helped me be prepared to travel and work in many challenging contexts. I have always appreciated her clarity, honesty, work ethic, devotion to the cause, and the ways she has ‘looked out’ for me.  I am grateful to have met her and had the privilege to work with her.  I know she will continue to serve me in various ways, as needed, in her retirement. At the same time, I know her partner Haviland will be glad to have more time for them to travel and enjoy retirement together.”

We invite you to visit MCC’s In Our Own Words History Archive at or to click here to post a message of congratulations or share a favorite memory with Connie.  You may also mail a card to:
Connie Meadows
c/o MCC
3293 Fruitville Rd #105
Sarasota, FL 34237
We pray for abundant blessings as Connie retires and are grateful for her presence with us during these years of transition.  The Senior Leadership Team will celebrate with Connie at their December meeting.

Moderator Assistant Position Open
Now that Connie Meadows is retiring (see above article), we are looking for a top-notch assistant for our Moderator, Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson. Submission deadline is 30 October 2011. Click here for a full job description and to find out how to apply.


Now Accepting Applications for the 2012 Leadership Mentoring Retreat

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16-19 January 2012
DaySpring Conference Center

Ellenton, Florida

Join the ranks of current and up-and-coming leaders within MCC!  Leadership Mentoring Retreat alumni include:

LMR alumni
2010 Leadership Mentoring Retreat alumni and staff

Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos, Brianna Johnston, Kathy Beasley, Rev. Dan Koeshall, Annette Billings, Kevin Marik, Rev. Brendan Boone, Rev. Mel Martinez, Rev. Marilyn Bowens, Nancy Maxwell, Rev. Onetta Brooks, Rev. Judith Maynard, Michelle Burnett, Rev. Jim Merritt, Woody Camacho, Sandra Millar, Rev. Jackie Carter, Rev. Wes Mullins, Rev. Dr. Edgard Danielsen-Morales, DeWayne Davis, Kareem Murphy, Rev. Michael Diaz, Thom O’Bryant, Rev. Kevin Downer, Jason O’Neill, Tamara Dunlap-Elkins, Rev. Carol Rawlings-Chambers, Rev. Sharon Ferguson, Rev. Joseph Shore-Goss, Jochen Gewecke, Sara Sills, Rev. Lisa Heilig, Rev. Danny Spears, Kevin Highfield, Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas


LMR alumni
2011 Leadership Mentoring Retreat alumni and staff
Compelling Reasons to Attend the 2012 MCC Leadership Mentoring Retreat
  1. To help discern if you are called to help change the world through serving in MCC beyond the local level as a clergy or lay leader.
  2. To have a concentrated time away from your daily responsibilities in a retreat setting so you can truly focus on your calling and your ministry development.
  3. To have a concentrated time to focus on putting together a robust, proactive plan for enhancing your ministry skills and deepening your walk with God.
  4. To understand more about the relationship of the local church movement and MCC’s global denominational/movement goals.
  5. To connect with a small group of like-minded MCC leaders to build an ongoing network of mutual accountability and support.
  6. To spend concentrated time with MCC Moderator Rev. Elder Dr.  Nancy Wilson and other experienced senior leaders of the denomination.

Click here for details about the 2012 Leadership Mentoring Retreat and to learn how to apply. Application Must Be Received By 14 November 2011.

International Task Force Steering Committee Meeting Update

Following our very successful first face-to-face meeting in May 2011, Mark Dalgleish (Group Grace), Carol Scherfenberg (Group Hope) and Jochen Gewecke (Group Faith) of the International Task Force (ITF) Steering Committee met once again from 22nd to 24th September, along with Raquel Benitez (Governing Board), Rev. Hector Gutierrez (Staff) and Marina Laws (Staff) in Toronto (Ontario, Canada). The ITF continues to make progress towards presenting their final report to General Conference in 2013.

During the 3 days of conversation, we were fortunate enough to hold face-to-face meetings with Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson (Moderator), Rev. Elder Don Eastman and Rev. Tom Decker, as well as hold group Skype calls with Rev. Dr. Mona West (OFLD), Rev. Elder Darlene Garner (OEM), Dr. Christopher Duraisingh (Episcopal Divinity School) and Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin, along with written input from Barb Crabtree (Operations Director) and Rev. Stedney Phillips (Staff).

We would invite you all to follow our progress and offer suggestions via the ITF web page.

The group would like to thank Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes and the Board and Members of MCC Toronto for their generous hospitality and support in assisting the important work in furthering the goals of MCC in the world today.

In Christ,
Raquel Benitez (Governing Board), Mark Dalgleish, Carol Scherfenberg, Jochen Gewecke (ITF Steering Committee), Rev. Hector Gutierrez and Marina Laws (Staff Members)

International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
20 November 2011

Save the Date! Be watching for resources in the next issue of Headline News.

Click here for more information and for a list of international events, as well as how to submit your event.

Theologies Team Survey


Since our first meeting in December 2007, we have been working on a number of projects that support our vision of equipping everyone in MCC to be both reflective and practical theologians.

Descriptive Theologies Project

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Descriptive Theologies project, designed with three goals in mind:

  1. To provide an accurate picture of practices “on the ground” in our churches around the world;
  2. To facilitate our understanding of who we are as a denomination/movement; and,
  3. To help us identify areas where the MCC Theologies Team may assist our churches.

Friend? Member? Clergy? Board Member? Elder?
We want to hear from you!

Our goal is to survey as widely as possible, soliciting responses from every individual associated with MCC in any way. Our short questionnaire has three sections for you to describe your experiences around baptism, to tell us what you were taught, and to tell us about your current beliefs around this important topic.

Continuing on work begun at the 2007 General Conference in Phoenix and the Holy Conversations congregational resource, we’ve designed our first surveys around the Sacrament of Baptism. Visit the survey page, and choose the Baptism survey for individuals.

The password for the survey is Baptism2011.

It is case sensitive, so make sure to use a capital B and lowercase letters for the rest.

Go Purple for Spirit Day
October 20, 2011

Nancy Wilson Spirit Day (Oct 2011)

For the second year, GLAAD is promoting Spirit Day. Many of you may remember Spirit Day more as “Wear Purple” Day and “Turn Facebook Purple” Day. It was developed by a high school student in Canada who wanted to show support for those LGBTQI youth being bullied.

This year, Spirit Day is Thursday, 20 October 2011.Metropolitan Community Churches and The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries join together in asking all our churches and affiliate ministries to support this important day by wearing purple to stand in solidarity with our LGBTQI youth. We also ask you to consider posting supportive comments on your facebook pages and to tweet with hashtag #SpiritDay.

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator, reminds us: “LGBT people have made significant contributions to the world throughout history. We have a spiritual contribution to make in this century that has begun with so much chaos and violence, and we are able to express love and passion for justice in ways that move others to action.”

For more information, click here

For your support and solidarity – Blessings!
Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson
Bishop Yvette Flunder


2012 Women’s Conference

Women's Conference 2012
The Holy Trust Conference:

Together in the Struggle for Justice

2-5 February 2012

Sarasota, Florida

Church of the Trinity MCC (Sarasota, Florida), in partnership with

Metropolitan Community Churches and The Fellowship, presents The Holy Trust Conference. The focus is women empowering women to assume leadership roles in their communities by developing the trusting relationships essential to achieving social justice. This conference is open to women, transwomen and those who identify themselves as women who are
interested in improving their leadership skills and connecting with others in the common pursuit for social justice.

Clergywomen are eligible to receive continuing education units. This
conference is intentionally designed for all women, both clergy and lay

Keynote speakers are Rev. Dr. Elder Nancy Wilson and Bishop Yvette Flunder. Early registration deadline: 1 November 2011. For more information and to register, click here.

U.S. and Canada Clergy License Renewal

Dear Clergy in the U.S. and Canada,

It is time to renew your License to Practice for 2012.  The fee for your 2012 License is $175 USD, which is due, along with your completed form, by 1 December 2011.  After 1 December, late fees will begin to accrue:

2 December 2011 – 29 February 2012
Fee = $225 USD

1 March 2012 and beyond
Fee = $300 USD

This year, you will be able to complete 90% of the license renewal process online!  Please click here to begin completion of your form and to pay online.  If you wish to pay by check, you can also download and print the form at this link and mail it in with your check.

Rev. Mona West, Ph.D
Director of Formation
and Leadership Development

Upcoming MCC Events 

Church Summit

11-12 November

Worship Summit

Registration Deadline:

18 October


Young Adult Leadership Mentoring Retreat 2011
28-31 October
Young Adult Leadership Mentoring Retreat


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16-19 January

Leadership Mentoring Retreat

Registration Deadline: 14 November


A list of future MCC events will be available soon.

In Memory of Dr. Frank Kameny

In Memory of Dr. Frank Kameny

A brave soul transitioned yesterday, 11 October 2011.  In true Frank fashion, he left us on National Coming Out Day here in the U.S.

Rev. Troy Perry, Founder, remembers Dr. Kameny:

In 1969, I met Dr. Kameny, who was a hero in what we then called the “homophile” movement.  I was impressed with his clear conviction that civil rights should be afforded to everyone.  Through all the changes in history in the years since the 1950s, when he was outed and then became an activist, he continued the fight, and he was always a supporter of the ministry of MCC.

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator, recalls:

Dr. Frank Kameny was a fearless pioneer for gay rights, in the days before Stonewall.  I met Dr. Kameny when he and the late Barbara Gittings came to speak at Allegheny College, when I was 19 years old, over 40 years ago.  Their courage astounded me, even as I struggled to understand how their story was my story.

I was still closeted then, even to myself, but their honest, open telling of their stories was the first clue I had that there were others like me. There are not adequate words to express the impact on my life of their visit to our small, liberal arts, religiously-connected school.  I know that Dr. Kameny was the first publically open gay man that many of us ever met.

Dr. Kameny faced unbelievable discrimination, scorn, and opposition, but he became single-minded in his devotion to civil rights.  He and others picketed the White House in 1965 and pushed to have the American Psychiatric Association stop labeling gay people as mentally ill.  Along with Rev. Troy Perry, and a handful of others, his courage and determination changed the world for all of us.

Later I met Dr. Kameny again, as I became involved in the leadership of MCC.  Though not a religious person, he was always very respectful of the role of MCC.  ‘May his memory be for a blessing.’

All of the people in MCC around the world today owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Kameny, and together we mourn his passing.