Von Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez und Rev. Dr. Candace R. Shultis
“Gegründet im Bedürfnis eine kirchliche Heimat für all diejenigen zu geben, die glauben und bekennen… Die Kirche dient dazu, alle Menschen durch Christus zu Gott zu bringen. Dazu soll sie regelmäßig Gottesdienst abhalten und Gebet, Auslegung der Schrift und Erbauung durch die Lehre und die Predigt des Wortes.”
Mission und Gottesdienst sind das Herz dessen, wer wir sind. Diejenigen, die damit gesegnet sind, dass sie lokale Gemeinden in verschieden Ecken der Welt besuchen konnten, können mit Sicherheit sagen, dass da etwas Tiefes ist, das uns als MCC ausmacht. Und gleichzeitig ist jede lokale Gemeinde anders. Sogar in einer einzigen Gemeinde kann es drei verschiedene Arten von Gottesdienst geben, jede ganz und gar anders als die anderen.
In unserer persönlichen Geschichte kann jede und jeder von uns davon erzählen, wie der Heilige Geist uns bei unserem ersten Kontakt zu MCC inspiriert hat. Ich persönlich, Hector, kann sagen, dass es der Reichtum der Liturgie war, und zur gleichen Zeit ein Gefühl, dass der Gottesdienst frei war, erfinderisch, inklusiv, und lebendig. Ein Gottesdienst, der meinen Geist packte und eine Begeisterung in mir auslöste, Teil der MCC sein zu wollen. Da mein persönlicher Hintergrund in einer Lateinamerikanischen Tradition der Befreiungstheologie liegt, konnte ich im Gottesdienst der MCC den gleichen Reichtum der Traditionen meiner eigenen Gemeinschaften spüren. Und ich fühlte mich frei, in den Ausdruck meines eigenen Glaubens hineinzuleben. Glaube und Leben sind für mich zwei Seiten der gleichen Realität.
Wir haben zudem eine Offenheit und einen Willen, unsere Gottesdiensträume für andere Aktivitäten zu verwandeln. Das kann geistliche Musik sein, Tanz, Drag und eine Fülle anderen Abendteuer, denen nur unsere Vorstellungskraft eine Grenze setzen kann. Vielleicht fühlen wir uns so wohl damit und es scheint für uns so normal zu sein, dass wir die Gelegenheit verpassen, darüber nachzudenken
Unser Gottesdienst ist eine Teil unseres Gemeindelebens und ein Ausdruck unserer Mission für Veränderung und radikale Inklusion.
Eine der größten Stärken der MCC ist, über allem, die lebendige Erfahrung der Priesterschaft aller Glaubenden. In MCC kann jeder Mensch den Gottesdienst durchführen und jede und jeder kann von der je eigenen Erfahrung des Glaubens erzählen.
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Eure Arbeitsgruppe zum Glaubensbekenntnis der MCC
Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez ist Mitglied der Arbeitsgruppe zum Glaubensbekenntnis der MCC. ER ist zudem ein Ältester in der MCC und leitet die Iberoamerikansiche Arbeit als ein Mitglied des Senior Leadership Teams.
Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis ist die Vorsitzende der Arbeitsgruppe zum Glaubensbekenntnis der MCC und leitende Pfarrerin von King of Peace MCC in Saint Petersburg, Florida (USA).
Click here to watch the recorded media event following the historic SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality in the USA.
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, MCC Global Moderator, celebrates the historic decision by SCOTUS to support same-sex marriage.
Contact: Linda Brenner-Beckstead, Linda@MCCchurch.net, 941-321-7886
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.
Contact: Linda Brenner-Beckstead, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-321-7886
Ann Craig, email@example.com, 917-280-2968
WHAT: MCC Media Event: Call in via Adobe Connect link
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.”
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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
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.
Let us pray together ~
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
on the day the decision is announced
Ann Craig, MCC Communications Consultant
Rev. Candy Holmes, Program Officer, People of African Descent
Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt, Public Policy Team
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.