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IT Manager – UFMCC

Job Title: IT Manager
Department: Operations
Reports To: Director of Operations, Barbara Crabtree
FLSA Status: Exempt
Prepared By: Barbara Crabtree
Prepared Date: 14 October 2014
Approved By: Barbara Crabtree
Job Duties, Responsibilities, Qualifications, and Requirements
Job Summary

The IT Manager works in a global capacity to optimize development for time, cost, quality and reliability of information systems to support the mission of Metropolitan Community Churches.  The Manager works closely with teams throughout the organization to create and maintain the multi-year technology roadmap for MCC; to acquire the necessary equipment and software, services and support required; and to identify and implement improvements in technology.  The Manager will establish and promote methods for sharing knowledge, tools, processes and resources between staff teams. Periodically the Manager will directly manage R&D projects of benefit to the entire organization.

The successful candidate will be highly technically proficient and have extensive experience in the management of technology.   Excellent problem solving, communication, listening and leadership skills are vital, as is the ability to work collaboratively with all stakeholders and provide support remotely to the staff organization around the world.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Create and manage Technology Plan to meet the global technology needs for the MCC organization.
  • Create and maintain multi-year roadmap for technology, including computer, phone and teleconference/videoconference to enable MCC to successfully work in the virtual world.
  • Consult with staff teams and advise on technology processes and decisions.
  • Establish and promote methods for sharing knowledge, tools, processes and communication between teams.
  • Identifies opportunities for adoption of new technologies that will benefit multiple projects or MCC and its churches as a whole.
  • Provide trouble-shooting and maintenance of MCC-owned computers, phones, devices, and other technology hardware.
  • Maintain inventory of MCC-owned computers, phones, devices, and other technology hardware.
  • Keep current on technology trends and advise staff on purchase requirements for computers, phones, devices and equipment when equipment is replaced/upgraded.
  • Provide technical support for the MCC website on a backup basis, to cover absence by the website manager; assist with maintenance of the MCC website on occasion, during times of peak demand.
  • Oversee the financial, administrative and logistical management of technology required for General Conference. Work closely with MCC’s Accounting Manager to monitor the event’s technology expenditures to meet budget goals.
  • Ensure the quality of the technical program at General Conference and other conferences/meetings where technical support is required.
  • Acquire input from professional management and appropriate volunteers on estimated technology costs. Document all assumptions associated with each line item.
  • Assist in the identification and recruitment of appropriate volunteers for all technology positions being fulfilled by volunteers.
  • Prepare and submit a conference final report as directed to document decisions, activities, results of experiments, and recommendations of importance to future General Conference planners
  • Participate in Conference Review as directed
  • Oversee all conference technical logistics, including evaluation of the venue’s ability to meet technical requirements during site selection.
Marginal Duties Other MCC Staff duties may also be assigned, time and workload permitting.
Supervisory Responsibilities No staff supervision, but significant amounts of volunteer coordination may be required.
Qualifications – To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Education And/Or Experience

Bachelor’s degree or higher with education or experience in Information Technology or comparable technical field.

 

In addition, the candidate must be a skilled user of computers for:

  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • PowerPoint
  • Email
  • Internet applications
  • Technical support
  • Telecommunication or video conferencing (e.g., Skype, Adobe Connect, etc.)
  • Social media
Written, Verbal, Interpersonal  Communication, Mathematical, and Reasoning Ability
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as technical manuals, and specifications, conference reports and basic financial reports.
  • Ability to create project plans, communicate them and manage them through execution.
  • Ability to review and edit reports, including grammar and punctuation.
  • Generate correspondence according to needs of the job.
  • Effective verbal communications ability, interaction MCC staff members, office directors, elders, members of the Governing Board, and donors and volunteers.
  • Ability to independently organize time and meet job deadlines.
  • Ability to assist team leaders and team members in meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and follow instructions in revising documents to improve or update products produced in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in an office environment in which much interaction occurs through phone, email, messaging, Skype, and virtual meetings.
Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will need to complete the majority of tasks on a computer (PC or Mac), including reading typed and handwritten notes, receive email and messages, access Microsoft Office software (software provided), Facebook, Skype, Adobe Connect, and Google Drive. The employee will also need to be able to access broadband internet in a home office.

The employee will need to communicate with the Director of Operations and others as needed by cell phone, email, and other systems of communications as needed (i.e. Skype).

Work Environment

The employee will either work from the MCC business office in Sarasota, Florida or in a home office for the majority of the hours each week. Some travel is required, including international travel.  All travel will be planned and coordinated with the Director of Operations.

 

Skills Required
  • Strong and polished interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Creativity, strategic and analytical thinking, with proven ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Developing and managing budgets
  • Recruiting, training, and leading volunteers.
  • Highly organized and able to work well with others
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Windows based computer application
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Proficiency in additional languages is strongly preferred, specifically Spanish, Portuguese or German.
  • Effective use of Social Media in business applications
  • Proficiency in Word Press
  • Proficiency in Constant Contact is strongly preferred
  • Experience with graphic design is strongly preferred
Desirable Skills
  • Knowledge of MCC
  • Experience with MCC General Conference is a plus
  • Database design and maintenance is a plus

 

Personal Characteristics
  • Leadership
  • Judgment and Ethics
  • High integrity
  • Team Player
  • Organized
  • Detail-oriented
  • Problem-solver
  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Oral and Written communications skills
  • Flexibility, including the ability to wear different ‘hats’

 

Other Important Information
  • Full-time, 37.5 hours/week, eligible for benefits based on the MCC Employee handbook
  • Work schedule followed is generally between the hours of 9am and 5pm in the Eastern US time zone, however flexibility is needed to support occasional meetings or webinars outside those hours
  • Location: MCC Office in Sarasota, Florida is preferred as the primary work location; however work from home office may be acceptable, with occasional in-person meetings at a designated meeting location.
  • Relocation package is not available
  • Response needed by: October 27th, 2014
  • Please submit resume and cover letter to: Janine McCarthy janinemccarthy@mccchurch.net

 

Earlham School of Religion – half-time teaching faculty appointment in Theological Studies

POSITIONS AT ESR

The Earlham School of Religion (ESR) seeks candidates for a half-time teaching faculty appointment in Theological Studies to begin July 1, 2015. Half-time constitutes teaching 3 courses per academic year. This will be a one-year contract, renewable annually contingent upon funding. Relocation to Richmond, Indiana is optional. While no committee work is expected, the candidate would be expected to regularly participate in faculty meetings, either in person or electronically and to provide academic advising to students. Courses would be a combination of online, 2-week intensives, or residential semester courses.

Qualified candidates will have a doctoral degree in Christian theological studies with an expertise in the area of Quaker theology. Candidates must also be in conversation with contemporary trends, such as emergent church, “unaffiliated” spiritualties, and/or other areas where the Quaker witness intersects with contemporary society. Candidates would be expected to contribute to the required courses of Theological Studies currently in the curriculum: Introduction to Theological Reflection, Contextual Theology (generally in conjunction with a 2-week trip to a foreign or domestic site), Constructive Theology, Ethics, and Interfaith Dialogue.

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated teaching ability, including the application of emerging educational technologies through online and hybrid courses.

ESR is a seminary of the Religious Society of Friends, though over a third of the students are other than Quaker. ESR has about 100 students and is part of Earlham, sharing its campus with Earlham College, a respected liberal arts college of about 1200 students. ESR is also in partnership with Bethany Theological Seminary, a seminary of similar size, which serves the Church of the Brethren, another historic peace church.

Qualified candidates from the Religious Society of Friends, women, and minorities are especially invited to apply. A cover letter explaining interest in the position, vita, and the names of three references may be sent no later than December 31, 2014 to:

Stephen Angell
Search Committee Chair
Earlham School of Religion
228 College Ave.
Richmond, IN 47374

Applications will begin to be reviewed in December and the search will continue until the position is filled.

Serie de Conferencias Virtuales – Queeriando Las Teologias

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Ponentes

Dra. Nancy Wilson
“ICM y la dialéctica de la decencia e indecencia”
15 de septiembre
20:00 hora estándar del este
(Inglés)

Dr. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales
“Hacia una teología queer de las relaciones ”
23 de septiembre
20:00 hora estándar del este
(Español)

Dra. Genilma Boehler
“La olla de oro: método queer para la teología”
7 de octubre
20:00 hora estándar del este
(Español)

Dra. Genilma Boehler
“El Dios queer”
21 de octubre
20:00 hora estándar del este
(Portugués)

Dr. Theodore Jennings
“Más allá de Matrimonio: Una teología y ética de la promiscuidad”
3 de noviembre
20:00 hora estándar del este
(Inglés y Español)

Dra. Kelby Harrison
“El Dios Langosta? Trascendiendo los límites de la razón teológica”
17 de novimebre
20:00 hora estándar del este
(Inglés)

Dr. Luis N. Rivera Pagán
“Liberando a Dios de la homofobia”
10 de diciembre
20:00 hora estándar del este
(Inglés)

“Queeriando” Las Teologias

El Instituto “Darlene Garner” para la Formación del Liderazgo Iberoamericano de las Iglesias de la Comunidad Metropolitana y el Equipo de Teologías organiza un ciclo de seminarios en línea para 2014 en memoria de la teóloga argentina Marcella Althaus-Reid.

La serie de conferencias en línea “Marcella Althaus-Reid”, será un encuentro virtual con  teólogxs con propuestas teológicas con una  hermenéutica intertextual y de desplazamiento que podrían ayudarnos a  mirar los discursos de autoridad de las tradiciones cristianas de las perspectivas  de género y desde los cuerpos como espacios para el pensamiento teológico y las prácticas pastorales.

Serán un total de siete seminarios en línea “queer(endo)” nuestros discursos de Dios, que incluirá: teologías, estudios bíblicos y teología práctica. Utilizando el sistema de conferencia en línea lxs participantes podrán tener acceso a una conferencia en vivo o posteriormente tener acceso a la grabación. Las conferencias se ofrecerán en español, portugués e inglés, los documentos podrán consultarse en línea en tres idiomas: Español, Inglés y Portugués.


Marcella-Althaus-Reid

“El paradigma es un paradigma indecente, porque desnuda y revela sexualidad y economía al mismo tiempo. Para conocer nuestra sexualidad no sólo necesitamos una teología indecente que pueda alcanzar al núcleo de las construcciones teológicas, en la medida que éstas hunden sus raíces en las sexuales, también la necesitamos porque las verdades teológicas son moneda dispensada y adquirida en mercados económicos teológicos”  Teología Indecente (2005: 34).

Teología Indecente 

Marcella Althaus–Reid 

(1952-2009)


RevNancy15 de septiembre 2014

Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson en 2005 fue electa  para el cargo de Moderadora de la Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana, movimiento global. Es la segunda persona, y la primera mujer en servir en ese papel desde la fundación de Iglesias Comunitarias Metropolitanas.

La Rev. Dra. Wilson obtuvo su B.A. de Allegheny College, su Maestría en Divinidad en  St. Cyril  y un Doctorado en Ministerio de la Episcopal Divinity School.

La Rev. Wilson ha sido el delegada oficial de ICM en  el Consejo Mundial de Iglesiasen  Asambleas Generales en Canberra, Australia (1991); Harare, Zimbabwe (1998); y Porto Alegre, Brasil (2006).

En 2011, el presidente Barack Obama nombró a la  Rev. Wilson al Consejo Asesor del Presidente sobre Asociaciones Religiosas y Vecinales. Tras la reelección del presidente Obama en 2013, la  Rev. Wilson fue parte del  Servicio de Oración Inaugural en la Catedral Nacional en Washington, DC, siendo el primer miembro del clero abiertamente gay a participar en participar en un evento de esta envergadura.

Los últimos trabajos publicados de laRev. Wilson incluyen: Outing the Bible: Queer Folks, God, Jesus, and the Christian Scriptures (LifeJourney Press, 2013); Outing the Church: 40 Years in the Queer Christian Movement (LifeJourney Press, 2013); and Nossa Tribo: Gays, Deus, Jesus e a Bíblia (Metanoia, 2012).

La Rev. Wilson ha sido galardonada con el primer premio “Lazarus Award” de la Iglesia Presbiteriana y en 2012 fue invitada a predicar en las conferencias “Earl Lectures” en la Escuela de Religión del Pacífico.

Rev.-Dr.-Edgard-Francisco-Danielsen-Morales23 de septiembre  2014

Rev. Dr. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales es el Pastor Asociado de la Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana en la ciudad de Nueva York (MCCNY).  Sus responsabilidades en MCCNY cubren una diversa gama de oportunidades para el desarrollo de la vida de la congregación.

Nace y crece en Puerto Rico en donde inicia su jornada espiritual nutriéndose de dos tradiciones: las iglesias Bautistas y Discípulos de Cristo (carismática).  Debido a su orientación sexual, su congregación bautista le retira del ministerio laico. Aún así la jornada espiritual no se detiene sino que se afirma a través del trabajo ministerial en otras organizaciones y comunidades. Ha servido en distintas posiciones de liderato en y fuera de MCC

Tiene una vasta experiencia en el mundo académico, como catedrático y decano. Actualmente es Candidato en el programa de licenciatura en psicoanálisis en la National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis y ofrece servicios de psicoterapia y psicoanálisis en el Theodor Reik Clinical Center, ambas organizaciones en la ciudad de Nueva York.

Genilma-Boehler7 & 21 de octubre 2014

Genilma Boehler  Licenciada en Teología por la Universidad Metodista de São Paulo (1985), con maestría en Teología Dogmática, con énfasis en Misionologia, por la Universidad de Nuestra Señora de Asunción, Paraguay (2001) y maestría en Ciencias Religiosas, por la Universidad Metodista de São Paulo (2003). Doctora en Teología por la Escuela Superior de Teología (EST), en São Leopoldo, RS (2010). Actualmente es docente en la Universidad  Bíblica Latinoamericana. Posee  experiencia como profesora universitaria en el área de Teología, Filosofía, Antropología, Humanidades, Feminismo y Género actuando sobre los siguientes temas: Teología Sistemática, Teología Latinoamericana, Teología Feminista, Teología Queer, Teología y Literatura. Posee experiencia con educación superior con clases presenciales y virtuales, con proyectos de investigación y extensión universitaria. A la par de la docencia, ha trabajado en Movimientos Sociales en diversas áreas: indigenismo, mujeres, Derechos Humanos, diversidad sexual.

Dr.-Theodore-Jennings3 de noviembre 2014

Dr. Theodore Jennings Profesor de Teología Bíblica y filosófica en el Seminario Teológico de Chicago, donde también fundó el programa de Estudios Queer en 1991 También ha sido profesor en la Universidad de Emory y en el Seminario Metodista de México. Ha escrito 20 libros y decenas de artículos sobre  liturgia,  Biblia, teología y la filosofía. Entre esos libros hay 4 que son lecturas “queer” de los textos bíblicos: El Hombre Jesús amó: Narrativas homoerótica del Nuevo Testamento (2003, también traducido al coreano y español); La herida de Jacob: Narrativa homoerótica en la literatura del Antiguo Israel (2005); Platón o Pablo: El origen de la homofobia occidental (2009) y, más recientemente, una ética queer sobre el sexo: Principios e Improvisaciones (2014)..

A  sus  70 años  se ha iniciado en la práctica deportiva de  las carreras de competición (incluyendo medias maratones y  triatlón) y disfruta de dibujo de figuras. Él vive en Chicago con su esposa de más de 40 años y que también comparten una casa en México.

Rev. Dr. Kelby Harrison

17 de novimebre 2014

Rev. Dr. Kelby Harrison es ministra ordenada recientemente en la Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana (15 de diciembre de 2013). Después de haber completado su doctorado en la ética, género y sexualidad en la Universidad de Northwestern (2010); fue becaria post-doctoral en Ética Social en el Seminario Teológico Unión, donde impartió clases de ética cristiana,  filosofía de la religión y  ética social LGBT. La Rev. Kelby se formó como capellán del hospital de la UCLA – Santa Monica Medical Center. Además, es autora del libro “Sexual Deceit: The Ethics of Passing” publicado por Lexington Press y co-editora de la antología Passing/Out: Identity Veiled publicado por  Ashgate Press. Rev. Kelby se complace en ser parte de las visiones teológicas   de ICM. En la actualidad reside en Los Angeles, California y es la orgullosa mamá de dos cachorros toy poodle : Anzu y Sakura.

Luis-N.-Rivera-Pagán10 de diciembre 2014

Luis N. Rivera Pagán  Profesor emérito de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras y del Seminario Teológico de Princeton, Nueva Jersey.  Aunque fuera de las aulas es difícil imaginar a Rivera Pagán como un profesor jubilado, más que nunca está activo ofreciendo charlas  y escribiendo trabajos académicos.

Obtuvo una M. Div. en el Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico en 1966, STM (1967) y MA (1968) en la Universidad de Yale y en 1970 su doctorado, también en la Universidad de Yale. Rivera Pagán hizo estudios post-doctorales en la Universidad de Tübingen, Alemania.

Durante 1970 y 2003, Rivera-Pagán fue profesor de Teología Sistemática en el Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico y profesor de Humanidades de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Entre 1999 y 2000 Rivera-Pagán fue Profesor Visitante de la cátedra “John Alexander Mackay”  en  el Seminario Teológico de Princeton. Esta cátedra llevada a cabo durante tiempo sabático generó su nombramiento en 2003 a la facultad del Seminario de Princeton, como Profesor de Ecumenismo y Misión. En junio de 2007 se retiró y fue electo profesor emérito.

Rivera-Pagán es un autor prolífico,  ha escrito y editado decenas de libros, números de revistas, capítulos, artículos y reseñas en libros y revistas.


 

To register for one or more lectures, follow this link:

http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1668&EID=18219

For questions, please contact Rev. Margarita Sánchez De León, Academic Dean of the Darlene Garner Institute for Ibero-American Leadership Formation -OFLD. You can reach her at revmargaritasanchezdeleon@mccchurch.net.

 

Kwanzaa 2014

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kwanzaa Candles
Photo Credit: Kwanzaa Guide
kwanzaa Yenu Iwe Na Heri

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KWANZAA HISTORY

Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966. After the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Dr. Karenga searched for ways to bring African-Americans together as a community. He founded US, a cultural organization, and started to research African “first fruit” (harvest) celebrations. Karenga combined aspects of several different harvest celebrations, such as those of the Ashanti and those of the Zulu, to form the basis of Kwanzaa.

The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. On each of the seven nights, the family gathers and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles is discussed. The principles, called the Nguzo Saba (seven principles in Swahili) are values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing community among African-Americans. Kwanzaa also has seven basic symbols which represent values and concepts reflective of African culture. An African feast, called a Karamu, is held on December 31.

This year we will focus on proverbs new and old.

Proverbs are the distilled genius of cultures. They identify and dignify a culture, bringing life into wisdom and wisdom into life. The purpose of African proverbs, just like any others, is to give people a sense of what’s right and wrong and teach them how to behave in a society. Proverbs have many uses in African societies. They may express an eternal truth. They may be a warning against foolish acts or a guide to good conduct. They may also bring special meaning to certain situations and may even solve particular problems. All of them, share common ground because they are here to teach us the same values and to help us have judgment. Even though some proverbs might seem as though they have absolutely nothing in common, in the end, they are all trying to achieve the aforementioned purpose. Both the “individual psychology” and the “community” code of conduct talk about how individuals or groups should act toward each other are expressed in proverbs. African proverbs express the wisdom of the African people and are a key to understanding the ways of life in the past, present and future.

Note: Each of the seven principles, is accompanied by a proverb and its explanation. It is paired with a short documentary related to the principle and proverb. It is our hope that the film will spark conversation at your gathering.

kwanzaa Umoja

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Unity : Umoja (oo–MO–jah)

To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
Proverb: There is strength in unity, but weakness in division.
Proverb Explanation: Unity is strength, division is weakness.

Massacre at Murambi

05:10 min | Documentary | Director: Sam Kauffmann | Producer: Sam Kauffmann
During the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, a newly built secondary school on a hill named Murambi was the site of one of the world’s most horrifying mass murders. This film informs us about the events that took place at Murambi and explores the link between Rwanda and Darfur, Sudan.

kwannzaa Kujichagulia

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Self-determination: Kujichagulia (koo–gee–cha–goo–LEE–yah)

To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

Proverb: If you borrow someone’s legs, you will go where they direct you.
Proverb Explanation: If one is too heavily indebted to someone, one will lose one’s independence.

What Does It Mean To Be An African American Woman Who Loves Hip Hop?
8:01 min | Documentary | Directed By Briana Noble & Free Spirit Media |
Exploring the hip-hop community through the lens of an African-American woman.

 

kwanzaa Ujima

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Collective Work and Responsibility: Ujima (oo–GEE–mah)

To build and maintain our community together and make our sibling’s problems our problems and to solve them together.

Proverb: A bundle cannot be fastened with one hand.
Proverb Explanation: No person is completely self-sufficient. We have need of each other.

I Am Sean Bell
10:36 min | Documentary | Director: Stacey Muhammad | Producer: Stacey Muhammad
When I chose to do the Sean Bell film, I was extremely disturbed by the verdict and wanted to hear from the children, particularly young black boys, about their thoughts, fears and concerns regarding violence against black men. Most of the topics that interest me are those that give a voice to those often unheard populations of people, who indeed have stories to tell and victories to celebrate.

kwanzaa Ujamaa

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Cooperative Economics: Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah)

To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Proverb: A bird builds with the feathers of others.
Proverb Explanation: No one can be totally self-sufficient.

A Loud Color

6:34 min | Documentary | Director: Brent Joseph | Producer: Brent Joseph

This film follows Louis Harding as he rebuilds the community center he opened just one month before Hurricane Katrina hit and destroyed his work. Despite the setback, 72-year-old Harding refuses to give up on his mission to combat poverty in New Orleans. He discusses the importance of history, heroes and self-esteem in the black community and explains why making his dream a reality is more important now than ever before.

kwanzaa Nia

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Purpose: Nia (nee–YAH)

To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Proverb: The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people.
Proverb Explanation: The destruction of the community nation starts in the home. Therefore, develop strong and productive families.

A Girl Like Me by Kiri Davis

07:08 min | Youth Documentary | Director: Kiri Davis | Producer: Reel Works Teen Filmmaking

Color is more than skin deep for young African-American women struggling to define themselves. Kiri explores the way racial stereotypes influence the self-image of African American young women and children. Davis interviews teenage black women about their experience with racialized standards of beauty, and replicates the Kenneth Clark Doll Test, to show how black girls and boys to this day associate whiteness with beauty and virtue and blackness with ugliness and vice. Running Time 7:15 minutes

kwansaa Kuumba

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Creativity: Kuumba (koo–OOM–bah)

To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Proverb: To stumble is not to fall, but to go forward faster.
Proverb Explanation: Mistakes are a part of the learning and creative process. If you learn from your mistakes, you will achieve at a faster pace.

The Apollos

06:00 min | Documentary | Director: Nick Parker, Jazmin Jones | Producer: Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)

The Apollos is about the struggle of a high school senior class to pass a bill making Martin Luther King’s birthday a nationally recognized holiday. The idea behind The Apollos came from us wanting to increase youth involvement in social issues, so we decided to use a powerful example. By combining the different interviews into one powerful story we created a non-traditional hybrid interview style to show the union of new and old ideas working towards the same goal. Hopefully today’s youth will learn from The Apollos and flex that metaphoric bicep in today’s adult run society. We want youth around the world to know they too are world citizens and have a voice. USE IT!

kwanzaa Imani

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Faith: Imani (ee–MAH–nee)

To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Proverb: Hope is the pillar of the world.
Proverb Explanation: Hope is a stronghold in a world of fluctuating circumstances.

Still Standing

07:44 min | Documentary | Producer: The Educational Video Center’s Youth Organizers Television (YO-TV) Program

Still Standing is an intimate portrayal of the challenges faced by Hurricane Katrina survivors six months after the storm. Ms. Gertrude, a determined New Orleans homeowner and grandmother, travels regularly from temporary housing in Houston, TX to what remains of her home. Caught in the midst of a real-estate frenzy without insurance money or federal assistance, Ms. Gertrude fights for the right to rebuild. Her story reveals familiar issues in urban American communities: the neglect of poor and minority neighborhoods, the inadequacy of public assistance to provide long-term solutions, and the struggles necessary to make positive change.

kwanzaa candle graphic
Photo Credit: Our Heritage Magazine

Kwanzaa Nguzo Saba
Photo Credit: Dickson University

The Symbols of Kwanzaa: http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/symbols.shtml
Greetings, Gifts, Decorations: http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/greetings_and.shtml

kwanzaa Symbols
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The Celebration: http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/celebrating.shtml
The Day of Meditation: http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/meditation.shtml
FAQ’s: http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/faq.shtml
Kwanzaa crafts: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/kwanzaa-crafts

2014 Kwanzaa Bingo
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Date Updated: 3 October 2014
2014 Kwanzaa Coloring Book
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2014 Kwanzaa Coloring book.pdf
Date Updated: 3 October 2014

Online Learning Center Programming Coordinator – 1 Year Contractor Position

The MCC Office of Formation and Leadership Development (OFLD) is seeking an Online Learning Center Programming Coordinator for a new contract position to perform as required and mutually agreed the following services:

 

A. Take the lead on identifying topics and presenters for online courses and webinars;

B. Advise the OFLD ont he potential for virtual technology for leadership development, training, care and connection, and spiritual development;

C. Function as a project manager for webinars offered by the OFLD;

D. Interface with all MCC offices to identify topics and presenters for online offerings;

E. Follow up with presenters to determine availability;

F. Coordinate scheduling and keep the Master Calender for the Online Learning Center; and

G. Provide occasional technical support and trainig for OFLD webinars.

 

This position will be accountable to the Director of the OFLD for the length of the contract, starting 1 November 2014 and ending 31 December 2015.

Application deadline is October 17th

This contract position is not a hired staff position and therefore is not eligible for employment benefits. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please send a resume and cover letter to MarinaLaws@MCCchurch.net

2014 Native American History Month

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The Office of Emerging Ministries is charged with edifying our congregations, spiritual communities and new works into inclusive communities. Towards that effort, one of my responsibilities is to provide our movement with resources and information regarding diverse non-dominant populations who are threads in the fabric of MCC. It is my belief that the more we know about other peoples and cultures, the less we fear them.

Profile: Maury Evans

MauryE1. When did you recognize your cultural heritage and sexual orientation? Feel free to share what that means/meant to you and how it influenced your growing up.

When I was in high School, I was at my Aunt’s house and her nail guy came over to give her a manicure. He was gay and Native American as well. After he left, my aunt said as Indian’s we are not to discriminate against gay people because in a community (tribal environment) every person had a purpose. This includes gay people. So as Natives, she said, we don’t discriminate against gay people. This was my first integration and awareness between my culture and being gay.

Growing up in an integrated house, my dad being Caucasian and my mom Native, I was introduced to both cultures. We lived closer to my Native American side of the family and they have always been very accepting of me and even as an Adult, that side of the family has met my partner Kirk and they have been very gracious.

On October 1st, Kirk and I will be married. That day is our 20th anniversary and the pastor of MCC Portland Nathan Meckley will be performing the marriage ceremony.

2. When did you find MCC? Please feel free to share your introduction story to MCC.

I first heard of MCC when I lived in Texas back in the 80’s. I have always gone to church but always put up with the negative rhetoric about gay people in the church. When I came out to myself, I wanted to find a church that I would feel comfortable. My gay friends at the time told me about MCC but it was not until later in life that I entered an MCC church. The first MCC that I went to was in my hometown of Ft. Collins, Colorado. It wasn’t till years later that I became a regular attender at MCC Portland.

When I first moved to Portland, OR, I had started a theatre company Raven Wind Players for Native American children. I wrote historical Native American plays and the Native kids in Portland rehearsed and performed. I did these through Church of the Four Winds (of which I became a board member) and also through the Vancouver, WA Title 9 Indian Education Program.

One of the little boys at Church of the Four Winds and who was in Raven Wind Players, needed a heart transplant but of course this was very expensive. So I decided to put together a concert to help raise money for medical expenses. This is when I met Mark C. Brown who is now at MCC Houston. We put together the concert and raised some money and out of this we created a Gospel trio called WE3. We did a couple more concerts as WE3 to help raise some funds for this little boy.

Through WE3, is how I came to MCC Portland. Since we billed ourselves as a Gay Gospel Trio, I thought it would be good to be based in church that celebrates ones faith and embraces the LGBT culture.

3. How have you been able to weave into the fabric of MCC your cultural heritage, if you celebrate same, or how you would like to, if you have not been able to as of yet.

At MCC Portland, we have not yet really embraced the Native culture but the church is open to it.

4. Is there a piece of poetry, prose, pictures, music that you would like to share with MCC that worship communities may incorporate into the life of their worship? If so, please provide it for the resource by attaching it or sending a link to it or where I can obtain it.

The past 3 years now, I have written Christmas Shows for MCC Portand as well as Resurrection MCC in Houston, Texas. This has been a great fund raiser for our church and it has been a blessing writing these shows along with my BFF Mark C. Brown.

5. Are there any resources you recommend that MCC read/listen to, etc. in order to broaden our cultural understanding of your cultural heritage?

Litany of Six Directions

(Source unknown; inspired by a traditional Native American blessing.)
Leader: We turn to the West for a blessing to the Spirit of Shalom, Peace: make us whole, make us holy, help us to love you and one another with our whole heart, our whole mind, our whole being, we pray:
People: Empower us, Holy Spirit.
Leader: We turn to the North for a blessing to the Spirit of Integrity: give us your strength and the courage to endure all the problems we may face, we pray:
People: Empower us, Holy Spirit.
Leader: We turn to the East for a blessing, to the Spirit of Illumination: open our eyes to the sacredness of every living thing, we pray:
People: Empower us, Holy Spirit.
Leader: We turn to the South for a blessing, to the Spirit of Transformation: help us to grow in wisdom and grace and the goodness of the ages, we pray:
People: Empower us, Holy Spirit.
Leader: We look to the Heavens, to the Spirit of Openness: fill us with a breadth of vision to see that your love embraces all, we pray:
People: Empower us, Holy Spirit.
Leader: We touch the Earth for a blessing, and thereby touch the Spirit that lives among us and within us: help us to be more human and to praise you through the work of our hands, we pray:
People: Empower us, Holy Spirit.
Leader: Let us go from here blessed and renewed in the Spirit of Peace, in the Spirit of Integrity, in the Spirit of Illumination, in the Spirit of Transformation, with hopes lifted high to the heavens and with hearts loving the earth in the name of our loving, creating, nurturing God.
People: Amen!

Smudging Ceremony

(Source unknown)
The smudging ceremony is likened to a prayer of confession, as we purify our minds and hearts before we partake of Holy Communion. (Reach out for the smoke and draw it into your heart.)

One: Spirit of God, present in the East, the direction of the rising sun, we greet You and seek peace and light, wisdom and knowledge. You bring us the hope of a new day, hope that we can live in harmony with one another and with the whole community of life.

Many: Spirit of the East, awaken in us new hopes, new dreams; invigorate us to reach out and grasp the miracles that are given birth with each new dawn. may we not continue to live in darkness. We are grateful for these gifts, Creator God.

Spirit of God, present in the South, whence comes warmth, maturity, and growth, we greet You. We ask for the spirit of growth, of fertility, of gentleness. Give us seeds and rain that the flowers, trees, and fruits of the earth may grow. These are gifts offered to us from You, Creator God.

Spirit of the South, thaw and soften the coldness of our world. Draw us by the urgings of your warm breath to break through the soil of our own barrenness and fears. Give us the warmth of happy families and good friendships. We are grateful for Your gifts of food, Creator God.

Spirit of God, present in the West, home of the rain, purifying waters that sustain all living things, we greet You. We turn to You in praise of sunsets and in thanksgiving for the change of seasons. You give us a time to rest and recall with gladness all that has happened each day.

We greet you, Spirit of the West, for you cool our hot and tired bodies; refresh and bring laughter to our hearts. Guide us at the end of each day that, filled with your peace, we might rest securely in your great mystery of night until morning calls us forth again.

Spirit of God, present in the North, the place of cold and mighty winds, the white snows, teaching us strength and endurance, we greet You.

Teach us, Spirit of the North, in the solitude of winter, to wait in darkness with the sleeping earth, believing that we, like the earth, already hold within ourselves the seeds of new life. Help us to be faithful when the struggles of life are hard.

We greet You, Creator God, present in the heavens above where we receive darkness and light. You breathe into our nostrils the breath of life. You send us melody in the skies through Your winged creatures. The moon and stars influence the seasons of life, thereby insuring a balance harmony of all You have created.

We are grateful for these gifts, Creator God.

We greet You, Spirit God of the Earth. It is from You we came, as from a mother; You nourish us still and give us shelter.

For all the plant life and animal life, for nourishment provided for us by Mother Earth, we are grateful, Creator God. Teach us to use with care your gifts.

May we walk good paths, living on this earth as siblings should; rejoicing in one another’s blessing, living in harmony with all of Your creation and together with You, Creator God, always renewing the face of the earth. Amen.

Worship Resources

Additional Native American music and litanies can be found in Voices: Native American Hymns and Worship Resources (Nashville, TN: Discipleship Resources, 1992).

North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies videos posted on YouTube include discussions that can help a viewer understand Aboriginal culture.

The Story of the Algonquin: The Invisible Nation is a documentary film that tells the story of the Algonquin people in Quebec.

Gospel Resources for Native Americans

 

Educational Resources

These resources can help congregations

    • lift up the concerns of Native American/Aboriginal people

    • encourage deeper understanding and appreciation for the richness of Native American/Aboriginal culture

    • enrich their celebration of Native American/Aboriginal Awareness Month

Hand in Hand: Helping Children Celebrate Diversity (Second Edition) This curriculum for children was originally developed and written by a multicultural team of RCA authors. The second edition has been revised to meet the learning needs of a wider age group (K-6) as it continues to address vital issues related to diversity and unity in the church. Order from Faith Alive Christian Resources: (800) 333-8300 or www.faithaliveresources.org; or download a sample lesson from the book in PDF form.

reForming Relationships, a cross-Canada art tour, is inspired by God’s call to live as people of reconciliation. Through a dynamic artwork series by Cree artist Ovide Bighetty and through tour events, reForming Relationships creates space for listening, learning, dialogue, and building relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada.

The Blanket Exercise is a tool to help people understand why reconciliation is needed between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada and how to take steps toward reconciliation and new relationships.

 

Join faith leaders in taking action to advance environmental justice

Contact the EPA
LimerickPowerPlantThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued it’s first-ever Climate Power Plan.  The plan would cut carbon pollution from power plants by requiring operators to identify and utilize the best and cheapest ways to reduce pollution, especially from fossil fuels.  While some states have taken aggressive action to curb power plant emissions, the EPA proposal would create new national standards that elevate all states to the same level.  Under the plan, the EPA estimates that by 2030, the country’s power operators would emit 30% less carbon pollution than they did in 2005.
The EPA is requesting comments from the public on the plan.  MCC is joining with other faith groups to encourage people to offer their support for this plan. While it is not all that seek in  advancing creation care and environmental justice, it is a huge step forward.  Sojourners has established a portal to send your support directly to the EPA.  You may also submit public comments through the EPA’s website. Please do so by October 16th.

 

Support the People’s Climate March

Activists have organized the largest-ever gathering of people marching for climate justice, to take place on Sunday, September 21, 2014 in New York City.  This march is being held in advance of the September 23rd UN Summit on Climate Change.  The UN summit seeks to build international agreement ways to reduce global warming.   If you are in the DC area, groups are providing transportation to the march:

 

  • People's Climate March_0The DC Sierra Club is organizing a one-day bus trip from Union Station in Washington, DC
  • Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light has organized buses and hotel rooms

On Friday, September 19th at the Metropolitan Community Church of New York, MCC Presiding Moderator Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson will give an address on why LGBTQI people of faith care about climate change, “A Queer Response to Climate Change.” She will be joined by activist and queer performance artist Peterson Toscano.

 

If you cannot participate in person in the march or hear Moderator Wilson’s address, here are actions you can take:

  • Join the Global Climate Chorus around the world on 21 September at 1:00 pm (local time), when faith communities will be making prayerful, sacred sounds outdoors
  • Add a section to the Climate Ribbon
  • Share your thoughts through social media:
    • Facebook comments and pictures should use #climatechorus
    • Twitter tag @ourvoices2015 and hashtag #climatechorus
    • Email your photos or videos to info@ourvoices.net

.  The plan would cut carbon pollution produced by power plants by requiring operators to identify and utilize utilize the best and cheapest ways to reduce pollution, especially from fossil fuels.  While some states have taken aggressive action to curb power plant emissions, the EPA proposal would create new national standards that elevate all states to the same level. Under the plan, the EPA estimates that by 2030, the country’s power operators would emit 30% less carbon pollution than it did in 2005.  .

This action alert was prepared by the Public Policy Team of 

Metropolitan Community Churches and the Global Justice Institute.  

For more information, contact the Public Policy Team at mccadvocacy@mccchurch.net.

2014 LGBT History Month

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2014 Fellowship Sunday Campaign

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Make your donation online today!




Sign up now as a Pacesetter to take up a special offering for Fellowship Sunday. Email FellowshipSunday@MCCchurch.net with your church name, location, pastor name, planned offering date, and commitment to pray.

We’ve said it before, and it’s worth repeating: We are stronger together! One of the ways we connect and grow together is through our Networks. I want to thank all of the Pacesetter churches that have already signed up to participate in the Fellowship Sunday Offering, some of whom have already taken up this offering. We would love to add your church’s name to the list, and it’s not too late! Your support of Fellowship Sunday will go towards continuing to resource and empower our Networks to better serve you, which will, in turn, further our capacity to grow stronger together. And thank you to all of the churches that have also committed to pray for the health and vitality of our churches and Fellowship!

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Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson says she believes Networks are the glue that will hold MCC together and help us live up to the vision of our Strategic Plan. In the past year, we have seen the Networks help MCC live out its Strategic Plan in the area of global outreach and visibility.

One example: Network Leader Jochen Gewecke recently led the first Europe Network gathering with participants from eight European countries, the U.S., and Puerto Rico. This included participants from emerging groups and churches in Portugal, Italy, Finland, and Sweden, all of whom benefited from leadership training, fellowship, and networking to grow their churches. The Europe Network is also working with emerging groups and churches from the Netherlands, Spain, Romania, and Lithuania to expand and strengthen MCC’s presence throughout Europe.

Sign up now as a Pacesetter to take up a special offering for Fellowship Sunday. Email FellowshipSunday@MCCchurch.net with your church name, location, pastor name, planned offering date, and commitment to pray.

 

Blessings,

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Rev. Tony Freeman

Director of the Office of Church Life and Health

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Pacesetters

as of 15 October 2014

aChurch4Me MCC
Chicago, Illinois, USA – Rev. Jennie Kitch, Pastor
All God’s Children MCC
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA – Rev. DeWayne Davis, Pastor
Cornerstone MCC
Mobile, Alabama, USA – Rev. Sandy O’Steen, Pastor
FirstCoast MCC
St. Augustine, Florida, USA – Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell, Pastor
Founders MCC Los Angeles
California, USA – Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas, Pastor
Heartland MCC
Springfield, Illinois, USA – Rev. Gina Durbin, Interim Pastor
King of Peace MCC
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA – Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis, Pastor
Living Springs MCC
Bath, England – Rev. Kieren Bourne, Pastor
MCC Baton Rouge
Louisiana, USA – Rev. Keith Mozingo, Pastor
MCC Boston
Massachusetts, USA – Open pulpit
MCC Brighton
UK – Open pulpit
MCC Brisbane
Australia – Rev. Dr. Leigh R Neighbour, Pastor
MCC Charleston
South Carolina, USA – Rev. Lorraine Brock, Pastor
MCC Good Shepherd
Western Sydney, Australia – Rev. Robert Clark, Pastor
MCC Key West
Florida, USA – Rev. Steve Torrence, Pastor
MCC Louisville
Kentucky, USA – Rev. Colleen Foley, Pastor
MCC of Albuquerque
New Mexico, USA – Rev. Judith Maynard, Pastor
MCC of Greater Saint Louis
Missouri, USA – Rev. Wes Mullins, Pastor
MCC of Hartford
Connecticut, USA – Rev. Aaron Miller, Pastor
MCC of New Orleans
Louisiana, USA – Rev. Alisan Rowland, Pastor
MCC of Northern Virginia
Fairfax, Virginia, USA – Rev. Danny Spears, Pastor
MCC of the Coachella Valley
Cathedral City, California, USA – Rev. Clinton Crawshaw, Pastor
MCC of the Quad Cities
Davenport, Iowa, USA – Rev. Rich Hendricks, Pastor
MCC of the Spirit
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA – Rev. Lori Rivera, Pastor
MCC of Topeka
Kansas, USA – Open pulpit
MCC Portland
Oregon, USA – Rev. Nathan Meckley, Pastor
MCC San Diego
California, USA – Rev. Dan Koeshall, Pastor
MCC Winston-Salem
North Carolina, USA – Rev. Ron LaRocque, Pastor
New Creation MCC
Columbus, Ohio, USA – Rev. Margaret Hawk, Pastor
New Life MCC
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA – Rev. Dawn Flynn, Pastor
New Light MCC
Hagerstown, Maryland, USA – Rev. Kelly Crenshaw & Rev. Sherry Miller, Transitional Co-Pastors
New Spirit MCC
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA – Rev. Joy Simpson, Pastor
Northern Lights MCC
Newcastle, UK – Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Pastor
Open Arms MCC
Pahoa, Hawaii, USA – Rev. Dr. William Knight
Open Circle MCC
Oxford, Florida, USA – Rev. Carol Chambers, Pastor
Open Door MCC
Boyds, Maryland, USA – Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman
River of Life MCC
Dorchester, UK – Rev. Catherine Dearlove, Pastor
River of Life MCC
Kennewick, Washington, USA – Rev. Janet Pierce, Pastor
Shenandoah Valley MCC
Winchester, Virginia, USA – Rev. Gail Minnick, Pastor
Spirit of Hope MCC
Kansas City, Missouri, USA – Rev. Dr. Carol Trissell, Interim Pastor
St. John the Apostle MCC
Fort Myers, Florida, USA – Rev. Steve Filizzi, Pastor
SunCoast Cathedral MCC
Venice, Florida, USA – Rev. Dr. Sherry Kennedy, Pastor

 

Virtual Lecture Series – Queering Theologies

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Lecturers

Dr. Nancy Wilson
“MCC and the Dialectics of Decency and
Indecency”
15 September 2014
8 :00 p.m. EDT
(English)

Dr. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales
“Queering Relationships”
23 September 2014
8:00 p.m. EDT
(Spanish)

Dr. Genilma Boehler
“The Gold Pot: a queer method for theology”
7 October 2014
8:00 p.m. EST
(Spanish)

Dr. Genilma Boehler
“The Queer God”
21 October 2014
8:00 p.m. EST
(Portuguese)

Dr. Theodore Jennings
“Beyond Marriage: A theology and ethic
of promiscuity”
3 November 2014
8:00 p.m. EST
(English and Spanish)

Dr. Kelby Harrison
“God the Lobster? Transcending the Limits of Theological Reason”
17 November 2014
8:00 p.m. EST;
(English)

Dr. Luis N. Rivera Pagán
“Queering God: Freeing God from Androcentric Homophobia”
10 December 2014
8 :00 p.m. EST –Puerto Rico 9 :00 p.m.
(English)

Queering Theologies

The Darlene Garner Institute for Iberoamerican Leadership Formation of the Metropolitan Community Churches and the Theologies Team of the Metropolitan Community Churches have coordinated a series of webinars for 2014 in memory of Argentinian theologian Marcella Althaus-Reid.

The webinars will be virtual encounters with theologians with theological proposals from an intertextual and displacement hermeneutics that allow participants to look at authoritative discourses of Christian traditions from gender perspectives and from the bodies as spaces for theological thinking and pastoral practices.

Prestigious theologians will present seven webinars of queering God’s talk. Participants will be able to access a live conference or watch it at a later time online. Lectures will be offered in Spanish, Portuguese, and English; papers will be accessible online in the same languages.


Marcella-Althaus-Reid“I have said elsewhere that theology is a sexual act, and therefore to reflect on the theologian, her vocation, role and risks means to take seriously the changing geographies of Christian Kneelings, and confessionary movements, and how they relate to positions of affection in Christian theology. In this way queering who the theologian is, and what is her role and vocation is a reflection on locations, closely linked to the locale’s events and spaces made of our concrete and sensual actions.”

on The Queer God

Marcella Althaus–Reid

(1952-2009)


RevNancy15 September 2014

The Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson was elected to the position of Global Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) in 2005, following the retirement of the Founder of MCC, Rev. Elder Troy Perry, and in July 2010, she was re-elected for a term of six years. She is only the second person, and the first woman to serve in that role since the founding of Metropolitan Community Churches.

Rev. Wilson obtained her B.A. from Allegheny College, her M.Div. from St. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and is a D.Min. from Episcopal Divinity School.

Rev. Wilson has been the official delegate of MCC to the World Council of Churches General Assemblies in Canberra, Australia (1991); Harare, Zimbabwe (1998); and Porto Alegre, Brazil (2006). In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Rev. Wilson to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Following President Obama’s re-election in 2013, Rev. Wilson gave a Scripture reading at the Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and was the first openly gay clergy member to participate.

Rev. Wilson’s recent published works include Outing the Bible: Queer Folks, God, Jesus, and the Christian Scriptures (LifeJourney Press, 2013); Outing the Church: 40 Years in the Queer Christian Movement (LifeJourney Press, 2013); and Nossa Tribo: Gays, Deus, Jesus e a Bíblia (Metanoia, 2012). Rev. Wilson has been honored with the first “Lazarus Award” from the Presbyterian Church and was invited to preach at the Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion in 2002.

In May 2014, Rev. Wilson was one of four honorees to be recognized Intersections International for her humanitarian work in the area of social justice. And in honor of International Women’s Day in 2014, HuffPost selected Rev. Wilson as one of 50 “powerful religious leaders…making change in the world.”

Rev.-Dr.-Edgard-Francisco-Danielsen-Morales23 September 2014

Rev. Dr. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales is Associate Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church in the city of New York (MCCNY). His responsibilities at MCCNY cover a diverse range of opportunities for the development of the life of the congregation.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he began his spiritual journey drawing on two traditions: Baptist and Disciples of Christ churches (charismatic). Because of his sexual orientation, the congregation withdrew him from lay ministry. However, his spiritual journey did not stop but continues through the ministerial work in other organizations and communities. He has served in various leadership positions in and outside of MCC.

With vast experience in academia, Rev. Danielsen-Morales has served as a professor and dean at the University of Puerto Rico. He is currently a candidate for a degree in psychoanalysis at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. He offers psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Theodor Reik Clinical Center, two organizations in the city of New York.

Genilma-Boehler7 & 21 October 2014

Genilma Boehler has a degree in Theology from the Methodist University of São Paulo (1985), MA in Dogmatic Theology with a major in Missiology from the University of Our Lady of Assumption, Paraguay (2001), and MA in Religious Studies at the Methodist University of São Paulo (2003). She also has a PhD in Theology from the Graduate School of Theology (EST) in São Leopoldo, RS (2010).

Dr. Boehler currently teaches at the Latin American Biblical University, San José Costa Rica. She has experience as a university professor in the area of Theology, Philosophy, Anthropology, Humanities, Feminism and Gender focus on the following subjects: Systematic Theology, Latin American Theology, Feminist Theology, Queer Theology, Theology and Literature.

Dr. Boehler has experience with higher education and e-learning, research and university extension. Along with teaching, she has worked in social movements in several areas including rights of original nations, women, human rights, and sexual diversity.

Dr.-Theodore-Jennings3 November 2014

Dr. Theodore Jennings is Professor of Biblical and Philosophical Theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary where he also started the program in Queer Studies in 1991. He has also taught at Emory University and at the Seminario Metodista de Mexico.

Dr. Jennings has written 20 books and scores of articles on liturgy, Bbible, theology and continental philosophy. Among those books there are four that deal with the relationship of the Bible to queer perspectives: The Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic Narratives from the New Testament (2003, also translated into Korean and Spanish); Jacob’s Wound: Homoerotic Narrative in the Literature of Ancient Israel (2005); Plato or Paul: The Origin of Western Homophobia (2009) and most recently, An Ethic of Queer Sex: Principles and Improvisations (2014).

Dr. Jennings has lectured on homosexuality and Christian faith in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Taiwan. He has served as theological consultant to LGBT Solidarity in Human Rights in Korea and to Bisdak Pride in the Philippines. His work on Wesleyan theology has been published in Spanish and Portuguese.

In all of his work of teaching, writing, and lecturing, he is committed to the Gospel becoming good news for all who yearn for justice and generosity and joy and to exposing the powers of domination, division and death. In his early 70s he took up competitive running (including half marathons and a sprint triathalon) and enjoys figure drawing. He lives in Chicago with his wife of more than 40 years; they also share a home in Mexico.

Rev. Dr. Kelby Harrison

17 November 2014

Rev. Dr. Kelby Harrison was ordained as a minister with Metropolitan Community Church on 15 December 2013. After having completed her Ph.D. in Ethics, Gender and Sexuality from Northwestern University (2010); she was the post-doctoral fellow in Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, where she taught Christian ethics, philosophy of religion, and LGBT social ethics.

Rev. Harrison trained as a hospital chaplain at UCLA – Santa Monica Medical Center. Furthermore, she is the author of the book Sexual Deceit: The Ethics of Passing with Lexington Press and co-editor of the anthology, Passing/Out: Identity Veiled and Revealed with Ashgate Press.

Rev. Harrison is excited to participate in the theological future of MCC. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California, and is the proud parent of two toy poodle pups: Anzu and Sakura.

Luis-N.-Rivera-Pagán10 December 2014

Luis N. Rivera Pagán is a retired professor of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and Emeritus Professor of Ecumenical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey. However is difficult to imagine Dr. Pagán as a retired professor as he is continues to present at conferences and write academic papers.

Dr. Rivera-Pagán earned an M.Div. at Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico in 1966, S.T.M. (1967) and M.A. (1968) at Yale University. He earned his PhD in 1970, also at Yale, with the dissertation Unity and Truth: The Unity of God, Man, Jesus Christ, and the Church in Irenaeus, under Jaroslav Pelikan. Dr. Rivera-Pagán pursued post-doctoral studies at University of Tübingen, Germany.

During 1970 and 2003 Rivera-Pagán was Professor of Systematic Theology at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico and Professor of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico. Between 1999 and 2000, Rivera-Pagán was the John Alexander Mackay Visiting Professor on World Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary. This position, held during his sabbatical year, led to his appointment in 2003 to the faculty of Princeton Theological Seminary as the Henry Winters Luce Professor of Ecumenics and Mission. In June 2007 he retired with the status of Professor- emeritus.

Rivera-Pagán is a prolific author who wrote, co-authored, edited, and co-edited dozens of books, journal issues, chapters, articles, and reviews in books and journals.


 

To register for one or more lectures, follow this link:

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For questions, please contact Rev. Ma