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World AIDS Day 2015


World AIDS Day, Tuesday 1 December 2015

Getting to Zero: The Time to Act is Now

World AIDS Day on 1 December brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world.

Between 2011 – 2015, World AIDS Days will have the theme of “Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths”. The World AIDS Campaign focus on “Zero AIDS related deaths” signifies a push towards greater access to treatment for all; a call for governments to act now. It is a call to honor promises like the Abuja declaration and for African governments to at least hit targets for domestic spending on health and HIV.


Communal Prayer

One:           Listen, learn and live! Keep open to life’s changes. Be ready to be transformed by the power of love.

Many:         We are open to life’s changes. We are ready to be transformed by the power of love.

One:           Listen, learn and live! Take strength from each other, so that you may always be hopeful and have comfort, even in great loss.

Many:        We take strength from each other, so that we may always be hopeful and have comfort, even in great loss.

One:           Listen, learn and live! May the One who creates and sustains you be with you and bless you this day, and always, whoever you are and wherever you go.

Many:        The One who creates and sustains us is with us and blesses us this day, and always, whoever we are and wherever we go.

All:            Listen, learn and live! Amen!


Our Prayers

One: O God, we come before you this day with longing, with hungering, with tremendous need of your healing presence. We pray on behalf of ourselves, our loved ones, our community, and our world on this World AIDS Day and commit to “Getting to Zero” together.

Many:  Loving God, we receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.

One:  For people who have tested HIV positive and endure tension-filled waiting; sometimes hopeful and optimistic, sometimes frozen with fear and despair …(silent prayer); loving God,

Many:  We receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.

One:   For groups of people who are viciously scapegoated as the cause of the spread of AIDS, and too often pronounced “non-innocent” sufferers of AIDS diseases because they are poor, or black, or Puerto Rican, or gay, or African, or a prostitute… (silent prayer); loving God,

Many:   We receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.

One:     For the families of someone dying of AIDS that are torn apart and divided because of ignorance and prejudice, or that are rendered entirely invisible, not recognized as a “real family”… (silent prayer); loving God

Many:   We receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.

One:     For people stricken by grief at the death of a loved one from AIDS…(silent prayer); loving God,

Many:   We receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.

One:   For the sickness and indifference that infuses the fabric of our wealthy nation, tolerating policies that would cut funding or which supports price gauging of the necessary elixirs of health…(silent prayer); loving God,

Many:    We receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.

One:     For the nations that are being decimated by the disease of AIDS and apathy…(silent prayer); loving God,

Many:   We receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.

One:   For the people who continue to yell, “Enough,” give us strength for the struggle, and bring your justice now…(silent prayer); loving God,

Many:    We receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.


World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for you to learn the facts about HIV and put your knowledge into action. Find out how much you know by taking our online quiz: Are you HIV aware? Test your knowledge and awareness by taking the quiz and act aware by passing the quiz on and sharing it with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.

If you understand how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and the reality of living with HIV today – you can use this knowledge to take care of your own health and the health of others, and ensure you treat everyone living with HIV fairly, and with respect and understanding. Click here to find out the facts.

You can also show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.


International Organizations working towards Getting To Zero.

The global theme for World AIDS Day from 2011-2015, as selected by the World AIDS Campaign, is “Getting to Zero.” Backed by the United Nations, the “Getting to Zero” campaign focuses on the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths.

How exactly is the world affected by AIDS?

Here are some of the devastating effects of this disease.



The most affected families are often those that do not have a lot of options for their means of living. With the death of males in the family due to AIDS, women and children are forced to provide their households the basic needs. This is a problem in countries that have many male-dominated industries – when the heads of the families get sick, women are forced to leave homes and work in industries such as carpentry or farming. In a lot of countries affected by AIDS, women are still viewed to be in charge of housework. Read more.


Act Aware by supporting our campaigns!


NATNAT (National AIDS Trust)(UK) doesn’t just campaign on World AIDS Day – throughout the year we work on a range of issues affecting people living with HIV, including benefits, employment and human rights. We are committed to ensuring that the laws and policies affecting people living with HIV are fair, and we work to raise awareness of HIV and the importance of HIV education in the UK today.

To get involved in our campaigning, find out more here.

 Fact Sheets

World AIDS Day resources through the Global Ministries of the UCC and the DOC. Devotional for World AIDS Day throughout the season of Advent, available in English, Spanish and French

Resources from MCC

by MCC HIV/AIDS Advisory Council

MCC World AIDS Day 2015 Resources
MCC World AIDS Day 2015 Resources
Date Updated: 23 November 2015

PowerPoint Contents:W

Covenant Page 3
Praise the Source of Faith and Learning by Professor Thomas H. Troeger Pages 4-11
Statistical Data

  • The Numbers of People Living with HIV/AIDS
  • The Top Ten Countries with HIV
Pages 12-13
Recent Medical Developments Pages 14-18
HIV and Faith

  • HIV and Human Rights
  • HIV+ Faith Response
Pages 19-21
Case Study Pages 22-30
Stigma Pages 31-33
Pages What Would Jesus Do Pages 34-35
Good News Pages 36-39
Works Cited Page 40


International Worship Resources

The Maryknoll AIDS Task Force Prayer

handsclaspedGod of all compassion, comfort people who live with HIV. Spread over us all your quilt of mercy, love and peace.

Open our eyes to your presence reflected in their faces. Open our ears to your truth echoing in their hearts.

Give us the strength to weep with the grieving, to journey with the lonely, to be with the depressed.

May our love mirror your love for those who live in fear, who live under stress and who suffer rejection.

Loving God grant rest to those who have died and hope to all who live with HIV.

God of life, help us to find the cure now and help us to build a world in which no one dies alone and where everyone lives accepted, wanted, and loved.

Adapted from the Maryknoll sisters of the San Salvador Diocesan HIV/AIDS program and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

Prayer of Hope

(for use on World AIDS Day)

God of Hope
All of us are affected by HIV/AIDS.
At this time of Advent Hope,
As we prepare for the coming of your son into this world
We give thanks for signs of hope.
For growing understanding
For medical advances
For changing attitudes and behavior
For greater awareness and concern in your church.
God of Unity
Bind us together with strong ties of love
That this church community may be a place where
All can find acceptance,
May it be a place of welcome for all affected by HIV/AIDS.
May it be a place where care is given and received, especially
for affected children and youth,
Where stories are told and heard,
Where fear is overcome by love,
Where you are to be found. Amen.

Adapted from The Diakonia Council of Churches in South Africa

Prayers of Intercession: Halting the Spread of HIV/AIDS

Heavenly Creator, we give you thanks for those national leaders and governments who have given publicity to the crisis of HIV/AIDS and who are committed to halting its spread. Give your wisdom to all who are in positions of leadership that they may work effectively for the well-being of the people they serve. We ask this for the sake of him who came to bring good news to the poor, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

Open our heart to all that brings sickness and pain to our siblings around the world. Give us the will to protest against inequalities that make all vulnerable to infection; to oppose violence and war that put lives at risk; and to combat ignorance and poverty which lead to the spread of disease. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, you showed on earth your love for children. Guide by your Spirit all those who are entrusted with teaching children and young people about the spread of HIV/AIDS and how to prevent it. Help teachers and health workers to present the facts clearly and lovingly, and to enable children to pass on that message to others. Amen.Prayer and Reflection to Support People Caring for Those With and Affected by HIV/AIDS

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest. Luke 10:2

Loving and caring God, thank you, for You call us to love and serve Your people. You call those who care for all affected and effected by HIV/AIDS to be healing balm in Your hurting world. You send us as compassion, to suffer with those who suffer. Day and night we labor to comfort Your people.

Yet, many times the comforters are depressed by the amount of suffering seen. And many times they are totally exhausted by the amount of work that must be done. They often neglect their own health and families in the HIV/AIDS struggle. O Lord, renew their strength. Amen.

From the Church World Service website,, and are adapted from Dube, M., Africa Praying: A Handbook on HIV/AIDS

A Prayer for Holistic Healing

Heal us from the bodily pains of HIV/AIDS that depletes our immunity, and leaves us open to opportunistic infections.All: Heal us Lord, Have mercy on us

Heal us from our broken hearts and grief that continues to pain our spirits and minds and leave us empty about the meaning of life.

All: Heal us Lord, Have mercy on us

Heal us from the psychological pains of HIV/AIDS that engulf us in fear and hopelessness and leads us to die before the virus kills.

All: Heal us Lord, Have mercy on us

Heal us from HIV/AIDS social stigma and discrimination that leads us to uncompassionate acts of isolation, and failure to provide quality care and prevention.

All: Heal us Lord, Have mercy on us

Heal us from unhealthy sexual relations that expose partners and spouses to HIV/AIDS infection and leaves them powerless to protect themselves.

All: Heal us Lord, Have mercy on us

Heal us from poverty that exposes millions to HIV/AIDS. Heal us from exploitative social structures that condemn many to poverty and expose them to infection.

All: Heal us Lord, Have mercy on us

Heal us from violence that spreads HIV/AIDS. Heal us from ethnic and civil wars. Heal us from domestic violence and the rape of children.

All: Heal us Lord, Have mercy on us, Amen.

From the Church World Service web site,, and are adapted from Dube, M., Africa Praying: A Handbook on HIV/AIDS

Prayer of Hope for Children

I pray of a world where the youth are free,
Free to play with each other without fear,
Free to touch, tickle and to embrace,
Free to be themselves and respected for that.

I pray for a world where the young blossom,
Where potential is harnessed and realized,
Where people’s efforts are rewarded,
And where one can fly to reach the sky.

I pray for a world without HIV/AIDS,
I dream of a kaleidoscope of youth,
Who sing a song of praise and not shed tears,
I dream of the fullness of life and no more death. Amen.

From the Church World Service web site,, and are adapted from Dube, M., Africa Praying: A Handbook on HIV/AIDS

Prayer for protection of girls

We are gathered together to affirm the humanity of the girl child. We celebrate the fact that the girl child was created in the image of God and is loved by God. We claim responsibility to protect the girl child and give her the opportunity to grow without fear of being abused by anyone. We pray for a safe environment that is created by all for the safety of the girl child. Amen.

From the Church World Service web site,, and are adapted from Dube, M., Africa Praying: A Handbook on HIV/AIDS

Prayers for Healing

(can be used on St. Luke’s Day, a day of healing, on October 18)

Let us pray for the needs of all those living with HIV/AIDS (especially ____________), that God’s never-failing love may enfold them; that all who care for them may be strengthened in that ministry; and that the church may be to them a place of refuge where Christ is made known.

Let us pray for recovery from sickness, that God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of the suffering, may mercifully hear our prayers and grant to ______________ healing power, that in Christ their sickness may be turned to health and our sorrow to joy.

Let us pray for those who serve in the professions of healing, that God may guide physicians and nurses and all those called to practice the arts of healing. Strengthen them by your spirit so that the health of all people may be promoted and Christ glorified.

Let us pray for the ministry of family and friends. Give strength and gentleness, patience and faithfulness to family members and friends. Let their love be in you, and by their ministry of love let your love be made known.

Let us pray for all those who depend upon our prayers. Blessed Lord, we ask your loving care and protection for those who are sick in body, mind, or spirit and who desire our prayers. Take from them all fears and help them put their trust in you, that they may feel your strong arms around them. Amen.

Themes of Advent and HIV / AIDS

The traditional themes of the Sundays of Advent are hope, peace, joy and love. Many congregations light a candle each week and focus part of the liturgy on the concept for that week. Each of these words has unique meaning in a world where an estimated 33 million people are living with HIV or AIDS and an estimated 2.7 million more people are being infected with HIV annually.

Since World AIDS Day usually falls between the first and second Sundays in Advent, we will focus on the themes of hope and peace. If you are incorporating these themes into your preaching and/or your liturgy, consider asking yourself, at least on a Sunday close to December 1, how that theme relates to HIV and AIDS. Below are some reflections to get you started.


What does hope look like in an HIV+ world? What does hope look like for those in your community most affected by HIV and AIDS? For your outreach partners? For those in your own congregation who have been affected but have never been asked to share their stories or who are at risk for infection and don’t know it? Maybe it looks like:

Educating and Increasing Awareness

Educate all people, regardless of gender, age, race, or nationality on the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of HIV, as well as educating them about the hope after diagnosis, and the hope that undergirds preventative measures

Ask questions about HIV and AIDS in the places where your congregation already does outreach work, locally and globally.

Observe World AIDS Day with other people of faith in your community.

Commemorate World AIDS Day at your Sunday morning service of worship.


Advocate for increased access to life-saving antiretroviral drugs.

Support targeted prevention efforts leading to changes in sexual behavior and a drop in new HIV infections.

Nurturing Acceptance

Create a “safe place” for persons who are HIV+ by asking your own congregation to share their stories about how HIV and AIDS have touched their lives.

Invite someone who is HIV+ to share their story with you and your congregation.

Taking Action

Pray for all those affected and effected by HIV and AIDS.

Honor a community organization who is working for the eradication of HIV/AIDS.

Resources from the United Methodist Church

Bible Study: Chicken & Biscuits and More: AIDS Ministry and Christian Hospitality

Christian hospitality is a key aspect of congregational ministry with people living with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones.

Sermon: “Where Is the Promise?” (Advent)

Christmases weren’t always this hard. There were so many things that John Matthew didn’t want to be reminded of. There was the fact that he never seemed to have enough money to be able to get the presents he wanted to give his friends…

Worship Resources: Be a Force for Change

Come, Holy Spirit, empower us today– convert us, move us, strengthen us to be a force for change from now on.

Worship Resources: God Cares About AIDS

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus told his disciples about how God cares for all of creation, even small creatures like birds, and that God cares for humankind even more.

Worship Resources: Jesus, A Man Who Made a Difference

Jesus was a man who changed the world forever. He actively sought to bring healing to individuals and society. He stood with the crowd on a “level place”: he treated them as equals.

Poem: ‘Tis a Fearful Thing


Prayer: I Care About AIDS (An Affirmation)

Kathleen Wilder

Reflection: “This Is the Day” (AIDS Caregiving Journal)

Peter Braswell

Scripture Selections

Spiritual comfort in times of trial.


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We make baptism available to all…every child is a child of God

Global Moderator of MCC speaks out as Mormon leaders divide families
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches, 
which has ministries around the world. Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT faith delegation 
to meet with a sitting president in 1979. She was a member 
of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

“When Mormon officials announced that baptism would be withheld from children until they turned 18, when they would be required to reject their same-gender parents, I was shocked,” said Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches. “Only days ago, a Mormon official stated that public officials would have to follow the law of the land which is marriage for all loving couples. I thought they were making progress.”


“Today, I want to invite all Mormons to Metropolitan Community Churches. We will baptize your children regardless of the gender of your spouse.  We will not ask your children to turn on you when they are 18 and to live with that dread all of their childhood years.

“Mormon LGBTQ people, their friends and families have heard the message loudly and clearly.  Over 1,000 Mormons have pledged to show up as many turn in their membership and officially resign from the Latter Day Saints.  They were told they must choose. They chose to turn away from their abusive mother, the church, and embrace their true families of love. It is the right choice, but heartbreaking, nonetheless.  An abusive parent also has a choice-get help!”

“MCC is ready to help!  On Saturday, November 14, we will stand with the Mormons who are resigning their membership in the LDS Church,” said Salt Lake MCC pastor, Rev. Cindy Solomon-Klebba. “Join us at 12:45 p.m. MST at the plaza in front of Farr’s Ice Cream at 50 East South Temple. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. MST at Temple Square. f you cannot attend, send a letter:

To worship at Metropolitan Community Church in Salt Lake City, write to Rev. Cindy Solomon-Klebba.”

Below is MCC’s current statement on our practice of Baptism:

Metropolitan Community Churches includes baptism as one of our sacraments. We make baptism available to all, members and non-members, in the same way we offer an open communion, because of our high value on radical welcome and inclusivity.

MCC has always baptized infants, in the way that most Christian churches do, and, for those parents who are from backgrounds that do not practice infant baptism, we provide a rite of blessing, or dedication, of infants.   Our eclectic ecclesiology and the ecumenical nature of our denomination encourage us to be bold in our welcome and flexible in our practice.

Our belief is that every person is a child of God. Among the many meanings of baptism in the Christian faith, one of the meanings is “welcome to the family,” the human family, the family of faith.  We are grateful for the gift of children, the blessing they are to our families and churches, and we acknowledge our sacred responsibility to them through baptism.

For decades, MCC churches, pastors and leaders have provided weddings, baptisms, funerals and memorials for people who were rejected by their own churches, or who had no church home in which to celebrate life passages. During the worst years of AIDS, we never asked, “What church do you belong to?”  We responded with love, acceptance, and an open heart and community, a reflection of our understanding of the nature and heart of God.

Over the decades, MCC churches have welcomed those from a Mormon background, including some of our earliest leaders.  Every Metropolitan Community Churches stands ready to baptize and bless the children of Mormon couples, and those from other denominations who do not accept same-sex couples and their families, such as Roman Catholics and those from conservative Christian denominations.

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Working Together We Will Succeed!

Dear Friend,

As we reflect on nearly 50 years of MCC Ministry, I invite you to reflect on how we all participate in building God’s vision for the world. Your generosity allows MCC to impact and transform the lives of those in our communities and beyond.

We are thankful for everything you do for the church, and simply put, without your kindness and generosity we could not be part of the work God has given us to do. It is that time when I ask once again for your prayers and consideration of our Anniversary Sunday. These funds help support the programs and ministries of our church.

We have set a lofty goal of $250,000 to go towards Emerging Ministries and other vital MCC programs. The Anniversary Sunday campaign is one integral component of reaching this goal over the course of the upcoming year. I know that by working hand in hand, we can and will succeed!

As you consider your response, let us pray:
Direct us Lord in all our actions, 
and strengthen us with your continual help 
that in all our works begun, 
continued and ended in Your love, 
we may glorify You,
and finally by Your grace live fully, 
through Jesus the Christ. Amen. 

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Nancy Wilson Signature
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
Global Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Global Moderator for Metropolitan Community Churches, celebrates the denomination’s 47th anniversary. She also encourages churches to take a special offering in October and become a Pacesetter church to support Emerging Ministries.

Pope Francis, do you care about LGBTQ lives?

MCC Moderator Challenges Pope on Secret Meeting with Kim Davis
“Pope Francis, do you care about LGBTQ lives?”

Global Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, spoke out today in response to the secret meeting between the Pope and Kim Davis, the county clerk who denied marriage licenses in defiance of a ruling by the Supreme Court for equality under the law for all couples.

Pope Francis, do you care about LGBTQ lives“As an LGBTQ faith leader who was at the White House last week to welcome the Pope, I am so disappointed and incredulous,” said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Global Moderator of MCC. “We politely urged Pope Francis to say out loud that LGBTQ people in Africa, Eastern Europe, and the USA have a right to life. Instead, in a secret meeting with Kim Davis, that is now public, he encouraged a woman who symbolizes contempt for the human and spiritual rights of LGBTQ people in this country.”

“As the Global Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, I speak for LGBTQ people around the world who are literally dying for the Pope to take the next step after his ‘Who am I to judge?’ statement and say, ‘LGBTQ people are created in the image of God and deserve to live without fear of prison, persecution, or execution.'”

“Pope Francis, we so appreciate your advocacy for the poor. We are poor. We love your stand on climate care. We care! But, Pope Francis, do you care about LGBTQ lives? We are dying to know.”

Will Pope Francis Save the Planet?

Pool via Getty Images

The New Republic headline declared, “Pope Francis Won’t Save the Planet.” Maybe not, but we can! It is time to stop unchecked climate change. The life you save could be your own.

Pope Francis may be the best known and the most beloved planetary leader ever. His flock is over one billion strong, and they represent about half of all Christians. Catholics and Protestants alike are inspired by his dedication to the poor, and belief in the full humanity of prisoners and immigrants. His outspoken encyclical on climate care, his willingness to meet with sex-abuse victims, and to clean up the Vatican bank are all historic expressions of accountability as well as compassion.

The trip to the United States by the Pope is timed perfectly for a lead-up to the United Nations Sustainable Development meeting, which is considering a plan to eliminate hunger and poverty in 15 years. We can do it if we choose. But will we?



Climate is central to any such efforts. Sea levels are rising, violent storms are increasing, and poor people are literally at the brink of being swept away. Even middle class survivors of hurricanes Sandy and Katrina will tell you that everything you own can be swept away in a day, and you awaken to face poverty and homelessness.

The Pope is awake. A Reuters article in July quoted Pope Francis who said, “Human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its effective control is a moral imperative for humanity.”

Churches and institutions of higher education are beginning to take this moral imperative seriously. There are people of good will who are making changes, and there are decent people whose highest priority is to protect investment portfolios–not the planet.

Fossil fuel investments do not look good on their own merits. The signs are everywhere if you have eyes to see and ears to hear. Carmakers are shifting to plug-in cars as fast as they can create them. Oil companies have been drilling fast and furious, and decimating communities with impunity with a boom-and-bust mentality in places like the Dakotas. Today, with plummeting prices, it’s time to get out of oil and coal.

Right now, there is a growing movement of universities and religious institutions todivest from fossil fuel. In denominational settings, the arguments against fossil fuel divestment echo the arguments against divesting from South Africa at the height of Apartheid: “You will hurt the people who are most vulnerable.” “We need to stay invested so we can be at the table to change policies.” “You don’t know enough about investing to tell us how to invest.”

Today, personal choices about energy use and energy investments have a political impact. Our choices impact our neighbors; they impact the world.

A church colleague of mine announced on Facebook recently, “I am off the grid!” Did it cost money? Sure! It was an investment–a good one. Between solar panels and a plug-in car, one person divested herself in major ways from fossil fuels. You can be sure she will support legislation in her denomination to divest.

As the Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, I have asked our Creation Care Team to urge our members and congregations to commit to the Paris Pledge, and reduce their carbon emissions 50 percent by the year 2030. If the world makes this pledge, we can keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius and avoid tragic environmental consequences.

May we stand together with faith communities around the globe to practice what we preach. We also need to CHANGE what we preach.

In his papal encyclical, “On Care For Our Common Home,” Pope Francis upends the belief that people can exploit, decimate, and despoil our environment based on Genesis 1:28, where God gave humankind dominion over the earth and all creatures.Dominion thinking gave birth to movements that idolize unrestricted use of private property and melds American nationalism with beliefs that Christians will rule the world.

Pope Francis’ challenge to dominion thinking is grounded in scripture, as well. In the introduction of the encyclical, he repeatedly quotes his predecessor pontiffs to remind readers that many Popes and saints expressed love for God’s earth. In the section on dominion, Pope Francis quotes no one but scripture and breaks new ground. This is a new interpretation, a life-saving interpretation. The excerpt from paragraph 67 of thepapal encyclical, “On Care for Our Common Home,” says:

“We are not God. … We must forcefully reject the notion that our being created in God’s image and given dominion over the earth justifies absolute domination over other creatures. …Each community can take from the bounty of the earth whatever it needs for subsistence, but it also has the duty to protect the earth and to ensure its fruitfulness for coming generations. …God rejects every claim to absolute ownership: ‘The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with me.’ (Leviticus 25:23)”

When I read this dramatic shift in understanding our place in creation, I realize there is so much to do and so little time to do it. Blessed Tomorrow is a coalition of faith leaders who are working with the congregations and with national leaders to mobilize all people of faith to address climate change.

Those of us in the United States have a bigger responsibility. We represent 5 percent of the world’s population, and we use 25 percent of the world’s energy. How do we reduce our consumption by 50 percent? Here are 50 ideas, and here is a Blessed Tomorrow Action Workbook for congregations.

What you do every day makes a difference. How you drive, the settings on your water heater, how you wash and dry your clothes, all make a difference. Most importantly, how you think makes a difference. If you think you do not matter, you are part of the problem. If you shift your thinking to “everything counts,” you will know that every act of conservation–a light turned out, less aggressive driving, added insulation–reduces energy consumption.

The time is now. It is the only moment we have. Pope Francis is using his moment to help the world come to its senses. How about you?

2015 Advent Resources

Advent Worship Resources Are Here!


The Office of Church Life and Health is very pleased to be able to offer some  Advent Worship Resourcesfor the upcoming Advent season starting November 29, 2015, as well as links to additional resources for other Holy Days occurring near or during Advent, including Transgender Day of Remembrance, World AIDS Day, Blue Christmas, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Kwanzaa.

Our theme this year is These Are the Days…

In this time of strife and struggle so prevalent in our world, when the very lives and dignity of people are so often threatened by the systems of oppression in the world, what does it mean for us who claim the Advent of the Christ Child?

How are we to respond faithfully to the ways that the presence of Christ is coming, has come, and is changing the world?

How can we not simply proclaim, but participate in the coming of Christ who is already at work in the world, working most often in the least likely way in the least likely people?

This Advent, we recognize These Are the Days… to:

  • candlesRestore Hope
    • Rebuild Peace
      • Reawaken Joy
        • Revitalize Love
          • Reclaim Christ

For each Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve, a

  • Call to Worship,
  • Advent Wreath-Lighting Litany,
  • Communion Liturgy, and
  • Number of Music Suggestions

is provided for each congregation to use and adapt.

Links to Advent Worship Resources:

First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2015

Second Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2015

Third Sunday of Advent, December 13, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20, 2015

Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015

Resources for Holy Days Near or During Advent 2015

¡Los Recursos para el Adviento están aquí!


EstosSonLosDiasLa Oficina de Vida y Salud de la Iglesia, se complace en poder ofrecer los Recursos para los servicios litúrgicos del Adviento para el tiempo de Adviento que inicia el 29 de noviembre de 2015. Tenemos la intención de tener una base de datos con recursos litúrgicos para las celebraciones especiales como Día Mundial del Sida, Día de la Memoria Transgénero; si ustedes tienen liturgias para celebrar dichas memorias les pedimos que las compartan con nosotros.


Nuestro tema este año es Estos son los días

En este tiempo de complicaciones y luchas tan frecuentes en nuestro mundo, cuando la propia vida y a dignidad de las personas están tan a menudo amenazadas por los sistemas de opresión del mundo, ¿qué significa para nosotras, como personas creyentes, el afirmar el advenimiento del Niño Jesús?

¿Cómo vamos a responder con fidelidad a las formas en que la presencia de Dios se acerca, ha llegado y está cambiando el mundo?

¿Cómo podemos no solo proclamar, sino participar en la venida de Cristo, en que Dios está obrando en el mundo, trabajando con mayor frecuencia en la forma menos probable con las personas más marginadas?

¿Cómo podemos no solo tener la experiencia, sino movernos con, el Espíritu de Dios para vivir más plenamente en el reino que es la Comunidad Amada, donde existe más que espacio suficiente, libertad, igualdad y justicia para todas las personas?


Este Adviento, reconocemos que Estos son los días... para:   

    • Restaurar la Esperanza
      • Reconstruir la Paz
        • Reanimar la Alegría
          • Revitalizar el Amor
            • Proclamar a Cristo

Para cada Domingo de Adviento y la Noche Buena, una

    • Invitación a la Adoración,
    • Letanía para encender la corona de Adviento,
    • Liturgia de Comunión, y
    • Algunos cantos sugeridos

Son ofrecidos para que cada congregación los utilice y los adapte.


Enlaces a los Recursos de Adviento:

Primer Domingo de Adviento, Noviembre 29, 2015

Segundo Domingo de Adviento, Diciembre 6, 2015

Tercer Domingo de Adviento, Diciembre 13, 2015

Cuarto Domingo de Adviento, Diciembre 20, 2015

Noche Buena, Diciembre 24, 2015


Estos recursos fueron posibles gracias al esfuerzo y dedicación incansable del equipo formado por Rev. Wanda Floyd, Jeremiah Cummings, Janine McCarthy, Rev. Tania Guzman, y Rev. Pressley Sutherland,  con ayuda adicional de Rev. Miller Hoffman, Rev. Angel Collie, y Rev. Vickey Gibbs. ¡Apreciamos mucho su disponibilidad a compartir sus cualidades!


“Salvation for Creation” – from Northern Lights MCC

Northern-Lights“Salvation for Creation” is our worship theme for September

We will be linking our prayer time each week to an action:

· 6th Smartie tubes to save for Toilet twinning (Smarites are a type of sweet in the UK. They come in a cardboard tube, which is great for collecting coins in. We aim to raise enough over the month, to twin at least one toilet in the church building –
· 13th – Ideas for using less water or less fuel/energy
· 20th – Go for a walk in a green space and appreciate your environment. Take a carrier bag along with you and pick up litter
27th – Harvest collection for the People’s Kitchen and return of the Smartie tubes

God bless

Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston

Paris Pledge

Eiffel TowerIn French we say “Mais Oui” (Yes!) and in English “May WE”

Throughout our history, Metropolitan Community Church has made a stand and courageously led on issues of our times, in particular those around social justice.  It is that time again.

Climate change has already had a devastating impact on communities around the world, with dire effects on nature and creation, our siblings and neighbor.  It is time to be the ‘good stewards’ that God has called us to be and to care for that which God has entrusted to our care.  It is time.

Today, we say MAY WE be the ones to stand together with MCC leadership and other faith communities around the world in taking the Paris Pledge in the movement toward necessary and vital creation care.  The time to act is now.

The Paris Pledge is a commitment, made individually and by our congregations, to reduce carbon emissions 50% by the year 2030.  This will keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius and avoid tragic environmental consequences.  MAY WE stand together with faith communities around the globe to practice what we preach.

When the U.N. Climate Change Conference convenes in Paris this December, the pledges will show that we commit to doing our part and, in turn, demand the same (or better) commitment from global leaders.   MAY WE take the Pledge today, by visiting this link:  where you will also find resources and actions you can take to save money while reducing carbon emissions.

Then, email: and let us know you have taken the Pledge, so your congregation will be listed as a pledge-signer on the MCC website!

MAY WE join together (once again), to respond to God’s call in this restorative ministry — so we and future generations may not only survive but thrive.  The “Garden” is where we started and it is to God’s garden that we are called to return.  The time is now.  MAY WE respond with a commitment to act and a promise to CARE.

MCC Creation Team Co-leads

Reverends Aaron Miller and Rich Hendricks

Click HERE to Download the List of Resources