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MCC Media Event – Marriage Equality

Click here to watch the recorded media event following the historic SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality in the USA.

https://mccchurch.adobeconnect.com/_a941918586/p8d01vqniok

Love and Equality Win: MCC Celebrates SCOTUS Decision

Love and Equality Win: MCC Celebrates SCOTUS Decision

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, MCC Global Moderator, celebrates the historic decision by SCOTUS to support same-sex marriage.

Love and Equality Win!

Contact:  Linda Brenner-Beckstead, Linda@MCCchurch.net, 941-321-7886

Ann Craig, craignewyork@gmail.com, 917-280-2968

“Love and Equality Win!” Exclaims Moderator of

Historic Global Metropolitan Community Churches!

 

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. 

 

 

“Today, love and equality win! The Supreme Court concluded that all loving couples deserve the right to marry! Finally, the U.S. Constitution applies to every family,” said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, global Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches. “More children in America can now go to school proudly and know their families are protected by the highest court of the land. I am thrilled but we cannot rest until all people, regardless of race, gender identity, and sexual orientation are free to live without fear.”

 

“O happy day! LGBTQ couples in the United States have the right to marry! MCC was the first to marry same-sex couples in1968.  In 1970 we brought the first lawsuit for marriage equality,” said the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of Metropolitan Community Churches. “Metropolitan Community Churches demonstrated for marriage licenses every Valentine’s Day. We married couples at Pride marches. We performed thousands of marriages in our churches, and we never gave up!”

 

“We are thrilled with the Court’s decision for marriage equality. Today, we redouble our efforts to let the world know that discrimination is wrong-not just in marriage, but in employment and every walk of life,” said Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt, Director for Marriage Equality for MCC’s Public Policy Team.

 

“We are celebrating-and getting back to work,” said the Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Executive Director of the Global Justice Institute. “LGBTQ people in Kenya, Eastern Europe, and 76 countries live in fear for their lives. After almost 50 years, MCC is still on the cutting edge of ministry. Known as ‘The Human Rights Church’ in many countries, MCC knows the next chapter will be Global. LGBTQ people in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America deserve to live in peace.”

 

“While marriage equality is a significant stride toward justice, injustice remains for too many people.  We have learned the painful lesson that unless we stand up for each other, some people will never experience justice.  Black lives matter, Trans lives matter, Immigrant lives matter-and the list goes on! We are not finished with our work for justice until all lives matter,” said the Rev. Darlene Garner, Director of Emerging Ministries with responsibility for diversity and inclusion.

Historic Metropolitan Community Churches will Hold On-line Media Event on Evening of SCOTUS Decision

Contact: Linda Brenner-Beckstead, lindabrennerbeckstead@mccchurch.net, 941-321-7886

Ann Craig, craignewyork@gmail.com, 917-280-2968

Historic Metropolitan Community Churches will Hold Online Media Event on Evening of SCOTUS Decision

WHAT: MCC Media Event: Call in via Adobe Connect link

http://mccchurch.adobeconnect.com/communications_bemcc/

Log in with your name under “guest.” Click video and microphone icons at top left

WHEN: 6 pm Eastern time today 26 June 2015

WHO: Media, MCC members, and all Interested Parties may log in.

MCC Spokespeople: Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Rev. Elder Troy Perry

Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt

“Will the U.S. Constitution applies to every family?” asked the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, global Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches. “We will either celebrate or mourn the SCOTUS decisions, but no matter what, we cannot rest until all people, regardless of race, gender identity, and sexual orientation are free to live without fear.”

The Rev. Troy Perry, founder of Metropolitan Community Churches said, “Metropolitan Community Churches have been working for legal marriages for almost 50 years. Every Valentine’s day we applied for licenses. We married couples at Pride marches. We performed thousands of marriages in our churches, and we never gave up and never will until all people are free!”

“The Court’s decision will inspire us to redouble our efforts to let the world know that discrimination is wrong—not just in marriage, but in employment and every walk of life,” said Rev. Elder Dr. Jim Merritt, Director for Marriage Equality for MCC’s Public Policy Team.

Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner, Executive Director of the Global Justice Institute. “MCC is on the cutting edge of ministry. In the United States, we help homeless LGBTQ youth and asylum seekers. Around the world, we are known as ‘The Human Rights Church.’ Whether in the United States, Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, or Latin America, LGBTQ people deserve to live in peace, and be supported by fair laws.”

 

A Prayer for Charleston

A Prayer for Charleston

Public Policy Team Decries Massacre and Calls for Preaching, Practicing, and Praying for An End to Racially-Inspired Violence

On Wednesday, June 17th, the world drew a collective gasp of horror once again, as yet another senseless act of gun violence claimed 9 innocent, caring, faithful lives at an historic Black Church, Emanuel AME, in Charleston, South Carolina.
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While studying the Bible together, a young man, apparently well-schooled in racially inspired hatred and animosity, announced he would kill those gathered simply because they were black.

 

There are no words to take away the anger, pain, sorrow and loss of the families and friends of the victims and the community of Charleston, or that will adequately address the outrage of those among us who have spent lifetimes working for the dismantling of racism and its systemic supports and the promotion of goodwill among all.

 

There are, however, words to address this senseless act: STOP THE VIOLENCE! STOP THE HATE! JUST STOP IT! Pass sensible gun laws that protect society from the animosity of the few. Reinstate the legal protections that many fought and died for, like equal voting rights legislation and equal educational opportunities and job programs. Teach and practice love before all other options.   Teach and practice kindness, compassion, acceptance, generosity and appreciation of difference. Someone taught that young shooter that difference was to be eliminated, not reverenced as a part of God’s good design.

 

There are words we can all remember and hold on to for inspiration and guidance as we move through this tragedy. A little over 50 years ago, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, facing a similar tragedy with the murder of 4 little girls at Sunday School in a Church in Alabama, called the nation and the world to accountability when he said, those who have been taken from us have something to say.

 

“They have something to say to every minister of the Gospel who has remained

silent behind the safe security of stained glass windows. They have something to

say to every politician who has fed his constituents the stale bread of hatred and

the spoiled meat of racism. They have something to say to a federal government

that has compromised …. They say to each of us, black and white alike, that we

must substitute courage for caution. They say to us that we must be concerned

not merely about WHO murdered them, but about the system, the way of life

and the philosophy which PRODUCED the murderers. Their death says to us

that we must work passionately and unrelentingly to make the American dream

a reality.”

 

All of us can and must do something every single day we are blessed to grace this earth to make that dream of a world at peace with its God-given diversity a reality.   As the saying goes, “See something, say something.” Never ever allow a racist remark to go unchallenged or pass for humor. Push for strict and enforced gun legislation that will eliminate easy access to weapons that do nothing but take life. Challenge legislators to reinstate the principles and practices of law and governance that challenge inequality and promote the value, dignity and worth of each life. Preach, teach and practice the ways of nonviolence.

 

As we collectively mourn this needless tragedy at Mother of Emanuel, let us remember the promise of that community’s name ~ that God is with us ~ and that we can do all things through the One who strengthens us.

 

Let us pray to the Mother of All Life for the courage to do the things and live in the ways that bring peace to this earth and honor the promise of all life.

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Let us pray together ~

 

God of hope and healing,
We hold the people of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC (USA) in our hearts today.  We grieve with them as they face the violent and tragic loss of nine members, including their minister.

 

The people of Mother Emanuel have faced hatred and oppression in the past, and have risen like a phoenix from the ashes of despair and heartache with you by their side.

We pray that they will once again rise from this painful moment, and will be an example of hope that cannot be destroyed, integrity that will always survive, and community that no prejudice can divide as we stand together in solidarity.

Holy One, bless the dear people of Emanuel AME Church and all of us, and let the power of your love bring healing to the hearts and minds of people everywhere who continue to face hatred, injustice, and undeserved pain.

And, loving Spirit, we pray also for the assailant who took innocent lives.  Even as Justice demands that he be held accountable, mercy also requires that we pray for the healing of his soul, and for all souls that have not learned to replace blind hatred with love of self and
neighbor.

Amen.

SCOTUS Decision Day MCC Media Event

SCOTUS Decision Day MCC Media Event

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. EDT

on the day the decision is announced

Join MCC on a webinar featuring the denomination’s top leaders
and their reaction to the SCOTUS decision.

Special Guests:
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Global Moderator
Rev. Elder Troy Perry, MCC Founder

Panelists:
Ann Craig, MCC Communications Consultant
Rev. Candy Holmes, Program Officer, People of African Descent
Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt, Public Policy Team

To attend: paste the address below into your browser, sign in.
http://mccchurch.adobeconnect.com/Communications_beMCC

marriagehistorycollageMetropolitan Community Churches
Supporting Marriage Equality since 1968.

marriagecollageThank you to all who gave permission for use of their pictures including Daniel Dunlap Photography and Tommie Adams.

Worship & Creative Arts Director, The Met, San Diego

Position Summary:

Our Mission is to bring people closer to God and one another.  Our Vision is to be a vibrant, inclusive, progressive community of faith that transforms lives and transforms the world.  We are a spiritually and sexually diverse community who is fully awake to God’s enduring love.

 

We are seeking a full-time (exempt) individual who:

  • Believes in a God who is concerned with every human being personally and accepts each one with unconditional love.
  • Affirms each individual as a unique and gifted creation of God and celebrates diversity in sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity.
  • Is fully engaged in their own spiritual growth and with others on their spiritual journey to hope, healing and wholeness.
  • Has a desire to help people become engaged in our mission and ministries by discovering their gifts and developing their strengths.
  • Has a commitment to our core values of Inclusion, Community, Spiritual Transformation, and Justice including the use of inclusive language (sung & spoken).
  • Has high-energy yet is humble, discerning and passionate about creative and artistic ministry (that inspires people toward God).
  • Possesses integrity, character and has clear boundaries.
  • (Using their creative talents) Will direct the choir and be the leader and mentor to musicians, vocalists and other worship arts volunteers including multimedia, sound & lighting.
  • Works well with others and able to organize and mobilize volunteer ministers.
  • Is technically-minded, leadership-focused, and looking to work in a team environment.
  • Bringing the intangible spark to ignite the congregation toward creativity and connectivity with God.

 

Reports to:  Senior Pastor

 

Theology of The Met Church:  Please click the following link to see our “Who We Are” document. (http://storage.cloversites.com/themetropolitancommunitychurchofsandiego/documents/MCCSD%20Brochure%2020141215%20Final.pdf)

 

Regular Responsibilities:

 

  • Oversee Worship & Creative Arts for 2 weekly Sunday morning services, and occasional special services.
  • Provide excellent blended worship for our multicultural and multidenominational congregation, offering spiritual nourishment by weaving word, song, and other worship arts into uplifting worship experience, drawing from the whole spectrum of worship styles – from classical to contemporary, from high church to high energy, from sound to silence, from tears to laughter.
  • Participate in overall duties as part of ministry team including weekly staff meetings.
    • Weekly responsibilities as needed in other areas.
  • Primary Worship Leader and Chief Musician
  • Collaborate with pastor and other presenters toward a unified vision and message for the Sunday Experience.
  • Raise the level of excellence of the Sunday music experience.
  • Assist with planning and execution of services and experiences including different formats and forms of musical and creative expression.
  • Rehearse and direct the choir, choose music and inclusify it.
  • Develop Worship and Creative Arts Teams
  • Work closely with the pastor to develop themes and integrate the various creative elements into a cohesive message that supports the sermon series and other vital areas of church life.
  • Identify, recruit, train and encourage the team leaders and volunteers.
  • Grow the choir and music ministry.
  • Able to plan and budget for your areas of responsibility.
  • Oversee Technical Ministries
  • Supervise maintenance and acquisition of music and technology equipment.
  • Ensure communication and coordination for the Sunday Experience including overseeing multimedia.
  • Recruit, train and schedule weekly special music numbers (offertory), sound booth operators, altar set-up & tear-down, and communion servers.

 

Qualifications:

Education & Experience

  • Experience as a Worship/Creative Arts director
  • Success in the Worship/Creative Arts area
  • Higher Education in the area of music desired
  • Theologically aligned with our Guiding Documents (see attached)

 

Gifts & Abilities:

  • Ministry Heart
  • Inspirational leader who is humble and Spirit-led
  • Grounded in progressive Christian theology
  • Understands Team Ministry
  • Leadership
  • Excellent oral and written communications
  • Multi-tasking
  • Detail-oriented and task-focused
  • Tenacious and resourceful
  • Able to implement creative vision
  • Confidently manage lay leaders, teams, and other volunteers
  • Technical
  • Read music and/or charts
  • Proficient in sound systems
  • Proficient in multi-media
  • Working knowledge of lighting systems
  • Strong interest in overall worship design

 

Contact:

Dan Koeshall, Senior Pastor

(619) 521-2222

pastordan@themetchurch.org

 

A complete application should include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Salary history or salary expectations
  • Links to samples of your work (YouTube or other)

 

 

Join the Human Chain of Peace Against Hatred and Discrimination in Seoul

Join us in supporting The Korea Queer Culture Festival and organizers who have been blocked by local government and police from having the Seoul Pride parade after 16 years. In response to demands by anti-LGBT secular and religious groups, the Seoul police agency officially banned the Korean Queer Culture Festival, which is scheduled for 28 June. The parade traditionally marks the end of the three week-long festival (which starts 9 June).  Anti-LGBT demonstrators recently gathered outside of the Seoul City Hall carrying bigoted signs referring to the Seoul Mayor as the “Mayor of Sodom.”  Religious groups have also pressured South Korean government officials to place hardships on Festival and parade organizers.

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We are determined to meet hatred and bigotry with activism and prayer.  MCC is joining our South Korean brothers and sisters in joining a “Human Chain of Peace Against Hatred and Discrimination” on 9 June and and again on 28 June.  We call on fair-minded people of faith around the world to join us.
  • Sign the Online Petition, encourage others to do the same by sharing it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc).  Show your support for all of those fighting to show their pride.
  • On Tuesday, 9 June Pray for Justice, Peace, and Pride for the organizers and participants in the Korea Queer Culture Festival (Virtual, Global Prayer Chain)
  • On Tuesday, 28 June, pray for Justice, Peace, and Pride for the Seoul Pride Parade organizers and participants (Virtual, Global Prayer Chain)

None of us are free until we all are free to express our pride and our innate God-given human dignity in the public square.

 

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

“Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound That Saved a Soul Like Me.”

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“Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound
That Saved a Soul Like Me.”

 

“It is by grace that you have been saved, though faith – and even that is not of yourselves, but the gift of God.”  Ephesians 2: 8

Growing up in the United Methodist Church, I (Candace) sat between my Mom and Dad every Sunday for worship. There were always a few hymns that they both seemed to sing louder than others and “Amazing Grace!” was one of them. In fact, for me, one of the greatest gifts I know I have received from my parents, Sunday school teachers and ordinary members of that church is the knowledge that God’s grace is abundant and it is a gift.

While we do not like to talk about or maybe even think about sin (see previous newsletter on sin), Paul states, “…since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by God’s grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…” (Romans 3: 24) It seems to me that we need to have a sense of our own sinfulness, our own separation from God, our own failure to hit the mark of love, in order to fully experience God’s grace.

The current MCC Statement of Faith reads in part: “Every person is justified by grace to God through faith in Jesus Christ. … Such grace is not earned, but is a pure gift from a God of pure love.”

But what is grace?

It’s sometimes too easy to picture grace as a knee-jerk reaction by God to sin.  The opening chapters of the Bible present a different story.  There, we see a God who acts graciously from the outset, and is not blindsided by human failure.

In Genesis 1:1, God has no need to create a world, but instead, created one simply for the pleasure and joy the creation would provide (Genesis 1:31), and to display God’s glory through it (see Psalm 19:1).  God has graciously made and sustains this natural environment where humanity and all creatures could flourish.  The sheer graciousness of the world we live in reminds us with every heartbeat and every new day that God’s grace towards us endures forever.

 

Detail from The Creation by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
Detail from The Creation
by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

 

For me (Candace), it is knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that God loves me and desires to be in relationship with me, a relationship that impacts every area of my life and my relationships with others. I will never forget the early evening many years ago when I was standing in line at a grocery store with my bread and milk. It was the line for folks who had only a few items, so it was over toward the end of the checkout lines. As I looked over all of the people in all of the other lines, I had this incredible experience of ‘knowing’ that God loved all of these other people as much as God loved me. It was like, using a good John Wesley phrase, ‘my heart was strangely warmed.’ This feeling came out of nowhere and it changed my life.

 

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
The Return of the Prodigal Son
by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn 

 

The author of 1 John wrote: “No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and God’s love is perfected in us.” (I John 4:12) So, while grace is a gift, it is a gift that we live out as we love one another. God’s gift of grace is a gift of forgiveness. And we are called to live out that gift of forgiveness in all of our relationships. Not an easy thing to be sure.

I write this on the cusp of Good Friday. So I also know that whereas grace is a gift freely given, it is not a gift given without cost. It’s just that we don’t have to pay the cost: Jesus did that for me and for you on the cross. “Abba, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)

As Christian LGBT people, we who have experienced God’s grace have a gift to share with the world. Just as the earth shook when the tomb was opened on Easter morning, so, too, can we shake the world with the Good News that God’s love and grace conquers sin and fear.

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Some Questions to Consider

We’d like to hear about your experiences. Join the conversation on our Facebook page, or send your private reply to us through the MCC website. See links below.

This month, we’re particularly interested in the following questions:

  • Can you remember the time you realized that God’s love and grace were meant for you?
  • What was the experience like?
  • What impact has it had on your life?

You may also share your thoughts about the MCC Statement of Faith.

We want to hear from you!

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Thank you for being a part of the conversation. We look forward to continuing the dialogue.

Your Commission on the MCC Statement of Faith

Rev. Dr. Candace R. Shultis

Rev. Dr. Candace R. Shultis is the Chair of the Commission on the MCC Statement of Faith and Senior Pastor at King of Peace MCC in St. Petersburg, Florida (USA).

Rev. Dr. Karl Hand

 

 

Rev. Karl Hand, PhD, is pastor of CRAVE MCC in Sydney, Australia and a member of the Commission on the MCC Statement of Faith.

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