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EXPANDING THE COUNCIL OF ELDERS MCC’s Moderator Requests Your Input

RevNancyRev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Moderator of MCC, is preparing to appoint up to five additional MCC members to serve on the Council of Elders, which serves in a pastoral role and directs the spiritual life of MCC. The appointment process will conclude by June 2015, at which time the Council of Elders will consist of the Reverends Nancy Wilson, Darlene Garner, Hector Gutierrez, Mona West, and the new members.

The Moderator is asking for the assistance of current and former Elders, members of the Governing Board, MCC clergy, and Lay Delegates to identify prospective appointees from among lay and clergy members of MCC. To submit a recommendation, complete the on-line recommendation form (Click Here for Form) by 31 July 2014.

 

In addition to meeting the qualifications of Elders as defined in UFMCC Bylaws, prospective appointees must meet the following selection criteria:

  1. Be loyal to MCC and to MCC’s mission, vision and values
  2. Have demonstrated giftedness in pastoral and spiritual leadership
  3. Be sensitive to cultural difference
  4. Be able and willing to embrace diversity
  5. Be MCC clergy or a graduate of the MCC lay leadership development program (Leadership Empowered for Active Discipleship, L.E.A.D.)
  6. Possess demonstrable theological depth
  7. Be committed to global justice
  8. Model excellence and high standards in ministry
  9. Be capable in ecumenical and interfaith ministry settings

Once the recommendations have been submitted, the Moderator will then ask the prospective appointees to complete an application form and to indicate their willingness to participate in the selection process that has been designed by the Moderator and approved by the Governing Board.

 

General Conference Mandates regarding the Council of Elders

(UFMCC Bylaws Article V.E.3.a and b)

 

COUNCIL OF ELDERS:  The Council of Elders of the UFMCC is that body authorized by the General Conference to serve in a pastoral role and direct the spiritual life of the Fellowship.  This Council shall consist of a Moderator and Elders appointed by the Moderator, subject to approval by the Governing Board and affirmation by General Conference.  All UFMCC Elders are deemed professional ministers and are authorized to perform all of the Rites and Sacraments of the church.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:  Elders must be those individuals of obvious spiritual quality and leadership who are mature, have sound judgment, have a proven record of accomplishment as lay or clergy members within the Fellowship, and have successful experience in envisioning and strategic planning for the future.  Elders must be excellent communicators, skilled motivators and teachers, self-motivated and devoted to continuous learning.  Further, Elders must be capable of understanding and working within sound fiscal guidelines, be sensitive to cultural differences, and be able and willing to embrace diversity.  It is desirable that the Council of Elders reflect the diversity of the Fellowship.

 

DUTIES:  The primary responsibility of Elders shall be to give pastoral leadership and care to enable the Fellowship in our spiritual journey.  The Elders shall exercise spiritual and pastoral authority to build a shared vision for the UFMCC, prepare the UFMCC for the future, and support UFMCC’s strategic direction.  The Elders serve as official representatives of the Fellowship in the areas of public and community relations; provide oversight and support to congregations; consult with churches on issues related to church development; and fulfill other ecclesial and ceremonial duties.

 

Further Clarification Regarding the Council Elders

 

1. All members of the Council of Elders will be volunteers, including Elders who may also be a compensated member of MCC staff. While continuing to be compensated for their work, such Elders would not be compensated for their service as an Elder.

 

2. By 2015, the Council of Elders will include the Moderator, the Rev. Elders Hector Gutierrez, Mona West, Darlene Garner, and 4 or 5 new Elders.

 

3. Every effort will be made to ensure that at least one-third of the members of the Council of Elders live outside of the United States.

 

4. Every effort will be made to ensure parity in terms of gender identity.

 

5. Every effort will be made to ensure that at least one of the members of the Council of Elders is a young adult (18 to 35 years of age) at the time of appointment.

 

6. Elders serve for five years as members of the Council of Elders; the Moderator may extend an appointment as many times as seems appropriate:

    • For the purpose of transition, before the end of 2015, the Moderator would modify the appointments of the Rev. Elders Hector Gutierrez, Mona West, and Darlene Garner to serve until 31 December 2018, at which time the appointments could be extended, if deemed appropriate by the Moderator.

7. An appointee who has been approved by the Council of Elders and the Governing Board will join the Council of Elders immediately upon affirmation by General Conference and will serve until 31 December of the fifth year following affirmation.

8. Elders serve at the pleasure of the Moderator and, in accordance with UFMCC Bylaws, the Moderator may remove an appointment at any time, with or without cause.

9. The processes for accountability, discipline, and removal of an appointed Elder (Bylaw Article V.E.3.c) and for filling a vacancy on the Council of Elders (Bylaw Article V.E.3.d) will remain the same.

10. Upon resignation or retirement from the position of Elder, all former Elders (including those who served in former systems, are still on staff in some capacity, or are active in other ministry positions) are referred to honorifically as “Elder,” but do not serve on the Council of Elders unless appointed by the Moderator.

11. All Elders retain the title as long as they maintain active membership in MCC and continue to abide by the Elders Code of Conduct and the Code of Conduct for MCC Ministry Leaders.

 

Implementing the Role and Responsibilities of Elders

 

The Role of Individual Elders

Each appointed Elder fulfills specific responsibilities as assigned by the Moderator consistent with those duties as defined in UFMCC Bylaws. Collectively, the appointed Elders fulfill all of the duties of Elders as defined in the UFMCC Bylaws.

 

The Role of All Elders

All appointed Elders serve on the Council of Elders.  The Council of Elders has three important roles:

  1. To be a discerning, spiritual and pastoral body that assists the Moderator in the role of spiritual, pastoral and prophetic  leader of MCC, as well  as offering spiritual and pastoral leadership to local churches and Networks;
  2. To approve standards for affiliation of MCC churches globally; and
  3. To approve the Clergy Manual that governs MCC clergy globally.

As members of the Council of Elders all Elders fulfill the following responsibilities:

 

1. As requested by the Moderator, be available to:

      • Support the Moderator and the Senior Leadership  in providing spiritual leadership for MCC
      • Visit Network gatherings
      • Assist with leadership development efforts.
      • Serve as an official representative of MCC in the areas of public and community relations.
      • Undertake ecclesial and ceremonial visits to churches.
      • Counsel with the Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Board.
      • Provide pastoral and spiritual support and mentoring for clergy and lay leaders as needed and requested

2. Participate actively in meetings of the Council of Elders.

3. Participate actively in training and professional development opportunities offered to members of the Council of Elders.

4. Be familiar with MCC Bylaws, policies, procedures, and processes.

5. Ascribe to and actively promote the MCC statements of vision and mission.

6. Be familiar with and actively promote MCC programs and events.

7. Attend General Conference and Network gatherings.

 

Budgetary Considerations

 

The budget for the Council of Elders is developed by the Moderator and senior staff assigned by the Moderator in accordance with the policies and processes of the Governing Board. The cost of all appointed Elders to attend and participate in the General Conference and in meetings of the Council of Elders will be borne by the UFMCC within the approved budget.  The cost of fulfilling specific assigned responsibilities are borne either by the UFMCC within the approved budget and authorized by the Moderator, or by local congregations or other organizations per the terms of a mutual agreement.

MCC Moderator: “Religion Will be an Excuse to Discriminate”

U.S. Supreme Court allows corporations to have religious freedom-opens the door to discrimination

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), which has ministries in over 40 countries. Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT faith delegation to meet with U.S. White House staff in 1979, and she served as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Today, the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, global leader of Metropolitan Community Churches, condemned the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on what is popularly known as the “Hobby Lobby” case. Dr. Wilson said, “The high court of the United States put all of our freedoms at risk today. Conservatives may now seek to deny a range of civil liberties and religion will be an excuse to discriminate.”

“Although this decision impacts women and adds unnecessary steps to accessing reproductive health care, the scope of this decision could be much broader. We are deeply concerned that this decision could turn back the hands of time for generations. Religious dogma may now impact sexual minorities, religious minorities and historically oppressed racial groups. Any group that has been told to ‘stay in your place’ based on the Bible is a target again. We have worked for 45 years to claim civil liberties for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. This decision makes our work harder but we will not rest until justice comes for everyone!”

The MCC Statement of Faith on Women’s Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice states in part:

[MCC] affirms that all people are entitled to the rights and resources that equip them to make their own decisions about their bodies, their sexuality, and their well-being, including the inalienable right of women to control their bodies. We call on all levels of government and civil society to honor and respect those rights. … It is not up to government, civil society, or organized religion to instruct them on what their choice should be. We honor that tradition by calling on all levels of government to ensure that all women have the right to choose their reproductive health care options and the means to exercise those options at their sole discretion.

For the full MCC Statement of Faith on Women’s Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice, click here:
http://mccchurch.org/statement-of-faith-on-womens-reproductive-health-rights-and-justice/

FIRST-EVER (USA) NATIONAL HIV TESTING WEEK

MCC, GLOBAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE, AND HIV/AIDS ADVISORY COUNCIL JOIN TESTING CAMPAIGN

MCC has partnered with the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) to promote the USA’s first-ever National HIV Testing Week.  It begins Saturday, June 21 and runs through June 27.  The theme is “Talk HIV, Test HIV, Treat HIV.”  The partnership seeks to increase how many people know their HIV status.

  

Culminating in National HIV Testing Day (Friday, June 27), the campaign encourages everyone, including churches, to reach out to health providers and community organizations to plan and expand events to raise awareness, provide testing, and offer supportive services that encourage people to get into care.  Events and testing sites are being hosted around the nation, and they include government offices, doctor’s offices, health clinics, bathhouses, bars, and chemical dependency treatment facilities, among others.  Check out www.nhtwus.org to find a testing site near you or your church.  logo-transBG

 

Here are some actions you can take to engage the campaign:

  • Share your story/program about what you and your church are doing to promote testing, treatment, and/or care.  Share them here
  • Download, share, and promote the coalition’s Testing Week resources. 
  • If your congregation or ministry group does not currently have an HIV/AIDS program in place, consider using this year’s Testing Week to plan the launching of one. Resources on how to start that discussion can be found here.

Knowing one’s status is a crucial first step in getting people into systems of treatment and care.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Treatment Cascade analysis shows that the path to health and viral suppression starts with diagnosis.  If we can get people tested, they will know their status. If they know their status, we can link them to systems of care.  If we can link them to care, we can support them so that they stay in care.  If we can get them to stay in care, we can support an appropriate antiretroviral therapy program.  And if we can keep them on their medication and accessing other supportive services, we can keep them alive and thriving.  It all starts with testing.  As people of faith, we are called to do this work. 

 

Talk HIV, Test HIV, Treat HIV

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MCC Moderator Urges Southern Baptists to Stop Condemning God

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:   13 June 2014

Contact:      Jason O’Neill, MCC Communications
JasonONeill@MCCchurch.net, 508-246-8416

MCC Moderator Urges Southern Baptists to Stop Condemning God

SBC condemns transgender people and creates a climate of persecution and discrimination

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches, which has ministries in over 40 countries.  Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT faith delegation to meet with White House staff in 1979.  She served as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, global leader of Metropolitan Community Churches, spoke out today to urge Southern Baptists to learn about humanity rather than to pass resolutions that reject people based on their gender identity.

“Jesus said, ‘judge not lest ye be judged,’ but the Southern Baptist voting members ignore this core message of grace when they reject God’s children who happen to be transgender,” said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson.  “The lives of transgender people are at stake.  When a person’s outer gender does not match their inner identity, it is almost impossible for them to lead a full and meaningful life.  For over 45 years, MCChas provided a church home for all people who are rejected by their churches because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Now it’s time for all churches, including the Southern Baptist Convention, to learn about the diversity of humanity as created by God.  Stop condemning God for creating wonderfully diverse human beings who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer!

“When churches reject transgender people, it contributes to a climate of rejection and condemnation,which leads to persecution and violence against transgender people,” said Dr. Wilson.  “In one study, 83% of transgender people reported suffering verbal attacks, half experienced job discrimination, and a third experienced physical attacks.  Transgender women of color are literally hundreds of times more likely to experience violent attacks than the average person.  Where are Southern Baptists when a child of God who is transgender is murdered?”

Founded in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change, aging, and global human rights.  MCC was the first to perform same gender marriages and has been on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide.

 

EMERGE – Issue 5

  EmergeMCC

OFFICE OF EMERGING

MINISTRIES NEWSLETTER

ISSUE 5 – JUNE 2014

 

EMERGE— to come forth into view, as from concealment; to become evident; to come forth from obscurity; to arise

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner

Director

RevElderHector

Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez

Associate Director

 Rev. Vickey Gibbs

Rev. Vickey Gibbs

Curriculum Specialist

 ShannonYoung

Shannon Young

Confidential Assistant to Rev. Garner

Rev. C. Margarita Sanchez De Leon, Program Coordinator for Iberoamerica

Rev. C. Margarita Sanchez De Leon

Program Coordinator for Iberoamerica

 Rev. Rachelle Brown,  Emerging Church Specialist

Rev. Rachelle Brown

Emerging Church Specialist

Rev. Cristiano Valerio, Brazil Coordinator

Rev. Cristiano Valerio

Brazil Coordinator

RevJimMitulski

Rev. Jim Mulcahy

Eastern Europe Coordinator

 

Welcome to the Emerge, the newsletter of the Office of Emerging Ministries (OEM). MCC wants our churches and global movement to be well equipped to minister in a rapidly changing, culturally-diverse world.

 

In this issue:

Emerging Ministries Invitation

In the News

Emerging Ministries News

2014 People of African Descent Conference Highlights

Good News

Young Adult Gathering

IN THE NEWS

Rev. Steve Pieters

Rev. Steve Pieters, longtime MCC clergy, HIV/AIDS activist, and long-term survivor, did an internet radio station interview on 14 March. It was the first media interview that he had done in a long time. His friend Alison Arngrim (who played Nellie Oleson on the TV show Little House on the Prairie) joined him for the interview. The host Sheena Metal is quite gifted at helping people relate their stories. Steve says, “We talked mostly about living with AIDS in the 80s, but we actually managed to have some fun in doing so. Listen particularly for my Medical Anomaly song towards the end of the show!” The archived link for the interview is http://www.latalkradio.com/archives/Sheena-031414.mp3. Fast forward to 1:06:00 for the interview.

 

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Emerging Ministries Invitation

Calling all clergy, chaplains, or lay leaders to help create what will Be MCC in the 21st century! People in many places around the world are yearning to Be MCC. There is plenty of room to live into the broad vision of what it is to be “Church” in the name of MCC. New churches are being planned and new works are emerging around the globe. Where do you feel called to serve?

The Office of Emerging Ministries is actively speaking in many languages, going to different places, and working in NEW ways to intentionally and strategically create and support new churches. The “MCC Emerging Church Program” provides three pathways for the creation of emerging churches. An Emerging Church can be sponsored by a local church, an MCC Network, or by the denomination.  There is a comprehensive system of support for lay and clergy leaders who are willing to lead an Emerging Church.  If you feel called to help begin a new MCC Emerging Church, please contact Rev. Rachelle Brown, Emerging Church Specialist at RevRachelleBrown@MCCchurch.net.

 

Emerging Church News

On 22 January 2014, our office announced the authorization of a new emerging church in Auckland, New Zealand led by Emily Worman.  This ministry is called Church in Progress MCC. To find out more about them, check out their blog, http://church-in-progress.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/be-mcc-yes-please.html or write to Emily Worman.

crystalRev. Elder Darlene Garner was in Winchester VA on Sunday 27 April to present the 2014 MCC New Church Start award to Shenandoah Valley MCC and to install their new Pastor, the Rev. Gail Minnick. Over 75 people attended.  An article about this event appeared in the Winchester Star eEdition.

On 7 May 2014, our office granted authorization of Internationale Roze Kerk MCC to be an emerging church.   It is located in The Hague, The Netherlands and the founding pastor is Rev. Barbara Rogoski. If you would like more information about this church send an email to RevBarbara@internationalerozekerk.nl.

 

 

 

Boa notícia! ¡Buenas noticias! Good News!

El Instituto “Darlene Garner “de Formación del Liderazgo Iberoamericano, es un proyecto de la Oficina para el Desarrollo del Liderato  y de la Red Iberoamericana de las Iglesias de la Comunidad Metropolitana. El Instituto ofrece: un certificado de pastor laico/laica, un certificado de requerimiento mínimos conducente a la ordenación en ICM, educación continua para pastores ICM y estudios libres. Los idiomas del Instituto son español y portugués.  Los profesores recibirán las tareas en ambos idiomas y además intentaremos colocar las lecturas en ambos idiomas. Si usted no está en Iberoamérica pero sirve a la comunidad hispana en los Estados Unidos o Canadá, el Instituto es también su recurso educativo.

En este enlace encontrará la oferta complete.

O Instituto “Darlene Garner”   de Treinamento de Liderança  Iberoamericana é um projeto do Gabinete do Desenvolvimento de Liderança e da Rede Iberoamericana das Igrejas da Comunidade Metropolitana. O Instituto oferece um certificado de pastor leigo,  um certificado de requisito mínimo para a ordenação em ICM, a educação continuada para os pastores ICM e estudo independente. As línguas do Instituto são o Espanhol e Português. Os professores receberão tarefas em ambas as línguas e também  haverá leituras em ambas as línguas. Se você não estiver na Iberoamérica, mas serve a comunidade hispânica nos Estados Unidos ou no Canadá, o Instituto também é o seu recurso educacional.

Neste link você vai encontrar as ofertas acadêmicas de 2014.

The “Darlene Garner”  Institute for Ibero-American Leadership Formation  is a project of the   Office of Formation and Leadership Development and  of the Ibero-American Network. The Institute offers a certificate of  lay pastor,  a certificate of minimum requirement for ordination in ICM, continuing education for  MCC pastors and independent study. The languages of the Institute are Spanish and Portuguese. Professors will receive tasks in both languages and there will also be readings in both languages. If you are not in Ibero-America but serve the Hispanic community in the United States or Canada, the Institute is also your educational resource.

In this link you will find the academic offerings of 2014.

http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1668&EID=16998

 

The 2014 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Friends, and Allies (PAD) , rocked Atlanta, GA with over 160 attendees from throughout the US and Canada. We learned, laughed and danced! The PAD theme was Be the Change. Conference programming provided powerful speakers who challenged and inspired attendees with their thought provoking and hope-filled messages to “be the change the world is waiting for.”

 

Amazing worship is always central to the PAD Conference. This year, the conference began with an electrifying opening worship featuring guest speaker Rev. Dr. Kenneth Samuel the Victory for the World Mighty Men’s Chorus, and the Voices of PAD Choir. Each morning there was dynamic worship and speakers – Rev. Carolyn Mobley and Rev. Mykal Slack. Friday worship was revival night with Bishop Tonyia Rawls. PAD ended on a high note with a celebration in art and song, that included rousing music from Bishop Yvette Flunder, sermonic prose from Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, and a rapping sending forth message from Rev. Elder Darlene Garner. Yes. She rapped!

 

The PAD Conference was made possible because of the collective efforts of many people.  Rev. Dr. Paul Graetz and First MCC of Atlanta (the host church) provided incredible southern hospitality. A special word of thanks goes out to Rev. Candy Holmes (Planning Chair) and the PAD Planning Team who created an exceptional PAD Conference experience. The PAD Conference within MCC and in the larger faith community is always an experience that leaves many wanting to take resources home with them. We are delighted to provide PAD Conference information and resources online. Here you will find the conference program book, 2011-2014 PAD awards and accomplishments, videos of global greetings with translations, worship and programming resources. Video recordings of plenaries and worship will soon be posted online as well.

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Application for Young Adult Leadership Mentoring Retreat

2014-YALMR

7-10 November 2014

Applications due: 12 September 2014

Goals and Expectations

Do you feel called to serve MCC beyond the local level, either as a leader, as a volunteer, or as a full-time vocation as clergy or lay leader? Have you wondered if you might be called to be an Elder? Or serve as part of the MCC Global Staff? Or do you want to understand more about the relationship of local church ministry and denominational/movement goals? Do you want to help shape MCC’s future?

If so, then this retreat is for you!

This retreat is designed for individuals under the age of 35 interested in serving MCC beyond the local level, as a volunteer or as a full-time vocation; as clergy or as lay leaders. The retreat will include denominational leaders and staff and will provide registrants with an opportunity for discernment about a vocation on a denominational or movement level with MCC, and to really get the BIG picture about MCC globally.

Download an Application form today

YALMR Application 7-10 November 2014
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Date Updated: 6 June 2014

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCHES WELCOMES NEW CDC GUIDELINES ON THE USE OF PrEP FOR HIV PREVENTION

Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) welcomes the May 14, 2014 announcement from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention.

(See http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/PrEPguidelines2014.pdf)

MCC is long tenured in the response to HIV as it was the first Christian denomination to minister to those with HIV/AIDS.  The CDC announcement is good news to our churches because it gives us an additional tool to reduce new HIV infections.

All methods of HIV prevention should still be applied in addition to this new scientifically proven method of taking a daily dosage of Truvadaas described in the guidelines under the direction of a medical professional with the required counseling.  However, MCC emphasizes that PrEP is not a substitute for condoms, but another option now available. No single intervention is completely protective in preventing HIV transmission. Clean syringe exchange for people who use drugs, widespread distribution of male and female condoms to populations at risk for HIV transmission, reducing the number of sexual partners, universal access to health services and anti-retroviral treatment, eliminating gender-based violence and gender inequality, age-appropriate sex education and repealing laws criminalizing people with HIV and sex workers and people most at risk for HIV transmission are interventions that we know will work.

PrEP is a medical advance that is the product of peer reviewed research and international scrutiny, and should be made universally available.

We still need a cure for AIDS and a vaccine for HIV. Recognizing that PrEP is not a cure or a vaccine for HIV, we now have evidence that it can reduce HIV infections among populations most at risk for HIV transmission.  While new HIV infections overall have declined somewhat worldwide, they are either not declining or increasing in populations most at risk for HIV such as gay men and men who have sex with men and transgender persons.

MCC and the Global Justice Institute call on the world’s medical community to marshal resources and make personal commitments to providing PrEP-inclusive medical care to all those at risk of HIV transmission including those who are incarcerated. We call on people of faith to do the work of justice, in the private and public sectors, by opposing all systems of domination and marginalization that make the use of PrEP necessary.  We will judge our work complete when the world fundamentally agrees on the sacredness of sexuality and no one abuses this fundamental freedom.

Click HERE to download information provided by MCC’s HIV/AIDS Advisory Council on PrEP, andHERE for the CDC’s guide to how to talk with your doctor.  Click HERE for the Advisory Council’s information on PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis).

This statement was prepared by the HIV/AIDS Advisory Council and the Moderator’s Public Policy Team,

Metropolitan Community Churches

Position Opening: Student Christian Movement (SCM)-USA National Organizer

World Student Christian Federation

WorldStudentChristianFederation

Student Christian Movement, USA

 

 

World Student Christian Federation

North America Regional Office
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 700
New York, NY 10115
phone +1-212-870-2470
fax      +1-212-870-3220
wscfna@gmail.com

 

Position Opening:  Student Christian Movement (SCM)-USA National Organizer

The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) and the Student Christian Movement- USA (SCM-USA) seek a dynamic, energetic organizer for the Student Christian Movement (USA), a progressive and social justice US national ecumenical movement.

Work location: Anywhere in the US, with a preference for New York City

The WSCF and SCM are building a national movement of progressive Christian students and young adults who engage in the work of peace, justice and global action, following  Jesus’  call to bring good news to the poor, proclaim release of the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.  (Luke 4:18)  The WSCF, through the SCM-USA, seeks to build local networks of engaged students on campuses and communities and provide opportunities for leadership training, Biblical and theological reflection, ecumenical engagement, mutual support and global action.  The SCM is a member of the WSCF which includes over one million members in 90 countries around the world.

The SCM-USA National Organizer will be responsible to

  • Plan the 2015 annual national Leadership Training Program to be held in the spring of 2015, which will include
    • Staff the Leadership Training Program’s PrepCom
    • Find, finalize and prepare conference location and venue and communicate with its staff
    • Connect current SCM groups and individuals in planning the national event
    • Develop conference program
    • Recruit participants
    • Prepare conference materials
    • Design and implement web-based publicity and communication, including work on a database and website.
    • Help with fundraising
  • Help implement and execute programmatic decisions by SCM-USA advisory board, WSCF North America Regional Committee and other SCM groups, including local activities and other regional or national programs
  • Facilitate the formation of new local chapters of the Student Christian Movement USA
  • Administer local seed grants disbursed to SCM chapters
  • Provide communication and support to the World Student Christian Federation, including the US Trustees of the WSCF and help connect US students to WSCF global events
  • Stimulate and facilitate the articulation of global analysis and theology for US students, as well as the development of new strategies aimed at making the SCM’s work more effective and relevant at local, national and global levels
  • Research and write grant proposals and help in fundraising strategies in conjunction with WSCF North America Regional Secretary, SCM-USA advisory board and the WSCF US Trustees.
  • Help maintain and expand SCM/WSCF website, social media  and database
  • Help Regional Secretary with administration of national office

Qualifications

  • Passion for empowering students and encouraging leadership
  • A good grasp of the SCM’s ministry and “raison d’être”
  • Understanding of the political and theological orientation of the movement, including its social-justice work
  • Experience or exposure to the SCM’s work on a national or regional level and/or experience in an organization with similar objectives
  • Adequate understanding of the Christian Churches in the US; appreciation of the wider ecumenical movement in the US and internationally is an asset.
  • Ability to interpret the work and vision of the SCM to churches and ecumenical bodies and relevant organizations
  • Commitment to working in an social-justice framework
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field, or equivalent experience
  • Inter-faith experience is an asset.

The conference organizer will be supervised by the WSCF North America Regional Secretary, Luciano Kovacs, located at 475 Riverside Drive, New York City, and supported by SCM members and alumni.  Salary is $20/hour for an average of 18 hours a week.  No benefits.  Position begins immediately for a 12 month contract with the possibility of renewal and expansion of position.

The successful candidate will have the vision, passion and skills to help nurture the emergence of an ecumenical student Christian movement in the US; be committed to peace, social, economic and gender justice; and desire to work as part of an international community. SCM-USA  is LGBTQ affirming.

Deadlines for applications June 20. Estimated starting date for position, July 15.  Please submit cover letter, cv and contacts for three references and a short essay on your vision for a social justice, student-led grassroots ecumenical movement . For more information, contact Luciano Kovacs, wscfna@gmail.com

MCC Moderator Among Key Faith Leaders to Address Climate Change

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), which has ministries in over 40 countries.  Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT faith delegation to meet with U.S. White House staff in 1979, and she served as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

As the U.S. government rolled out its historic report on global climate change, it was announced that the Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, would be part of a team of twenty-one top ecumenical and interfaith leaders to spearhead an effort to mobilize religious communities to address environmental concerns and to provide “how to” guidance and an extensive array of free resources to their networks.

The team launched Blessed Tomorrow (http://www.blessedtomorrow.org) on 7 May 2014, which brings together some of the United States’ preeminent religious leaders from the Evangelical, Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant faiths who are personally dedicated to leading by example on stewardship within their organizations. This historic interfaith coalition of religious leaders will lead their faith communities to work toward climate solutions in their congregations, communities, and homes. MCC will continue to work globally on these issues that affect us all.

“I believe it is time that we look at our actions. God’s love will never change, but we have an eternal mandate to be in relationship to our natural environment and this paradise we call Earth,” said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson. “We hold the future of our children in our hands and can come together to bring in an era of cooperation never seen in the history of humankind to embody a blessed tomorrow.”

Metropolitan Community Churches was founded in 1968 and made history as the first church to perform same-gender marriages,” said Dr. Wilson. “MCC is known as ‘The Human Rights Church’ internationally and works worldwide to challenge discrimination based on race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. Many MCC congregations around the globe are supporting a sustainable climate through their practices. The Blessed Tomorrow partnership will provide a rich interaction across lines of faith and tradition that will help everyone grow.”

Blessed Tomorrow emerged out of EcoAmerica MomentUs efforts to connect with business, health, faith, and other constituencies with mutually beneficial strategies to reduce the effects of climate change. Faith communities will expand the use of climate change solutions that align with their faith tradition and values. Blessed Tomorrow provides simple, proven resources faith leaders can use right away to empower their members and communities.

Central to this initiative is helping congregations create a Path to Positive plan, which will provide free resources to guide them to be better stewards of God’s creation, for the sake of the most vulnerable populations and future generations. Each congregation or ministry is encouraged and empowered to create their own Path to Positive: http://blessedtomorrow.org/path-to-positive. (Click on “Inspire Others” for resources.)

Founded in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change, aging, and global human rights. MCC was the first to perform same-gender marriages and has been on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the U.S. and other countries worldwide.