to become a Pacesetter Church.
Today in the Philippines, there are three MCC churches and one Emerging Church. More people are saying “Yes” with three MCCers in seminary right now, each with a vision for creating new churches in the very near future.
Also, in Helsinki, Finland, Tarja and Tuula, love the Vision, Mission and Core Values ofMCC. Both has extensive experience in ministry and Tarja is completing her steps to become MCC Clergy. Today they are working to form the first MCC church in Finland. They are translating, networking, and starting small group meetings.
Here is how you support MCC Emerging Ministries and say “Yes” to NEW MCC Churches!
New spiritual leaders are discovering MCC, receiving training, and stepping out in faith to start an MCC Emerging Church.
Grace and Peace,
DATE: 21 September 2015
MCC Moderator Speaks to Vatican Discomfort with Gay Bishop
and Activist Nun at the White House Welcome for the Pope
Global Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, spoke out in response to a “senior Vatican official” who said the Vatican was urging the White House to disinvite openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson and “Nuns on the Bus” leader, Sister Simone Campbell, from the event to welcome the Pope at the White House on Wednesday morning.
According to the Wall Street Journal, an unnamed “senior Vatican official” said the White House should disinvite Bishop Robinson and Sister Simone because they might seek a photo op with Pope Francis that would imply approval of LGBTQ people or nuns who seek more leadership roles for women.
“As one of the LGBTQ faith leaders who will be at the White House on Wednesday morning to welcome the Pope, I want to let the Vatican and the world know that we will be present to offer hospitality and respect to Pope Francis,” said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Global Moderator of MCC.
“Will we be pushing our way to the front? Perhaps we should. In the Bible, the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment was a social outcast who fought for her moment with Jesus. Although we know that the Pope is not Jesus, we know a word from Pope Francis about the right to life for LGBTQ people in Africa, Eastern Europe, and the USA could reduce hate, and save so many lives.
“As the Global Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, I speak for LGBTQ people around the world who are literally dying for the Pope to take the next step after his ‘Who am I to judge?’ statement and say, ‘LGBTQ people are created in the image of God and deserve to live without fear of prison, persecution, or execution.'”
|Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez|
Every day people are asking how they can Become MCC!
In May, a delegation from MCC visited Cuba for the first time. While there, Rev. Elders Troy Perry, Mona West, and Héctor Gutiérrez discovered allies and open doors. Just a few weeks ago, Rev. Gutiérrez completed a second visit to Cuba. He led a two-day retreat with 20 people outside of the city of Matanzas for Holy Conversations, with an emphasis on Spirituality and Sexuality.
Reflecting on the retreat, Rev. Gutiérrez said, “For many of them, it was like coming out of the closet. They were able to talk about God and Jesus from a perspective that was much more liberating and personal. With each story, each God moment, it was more clear for them the correct decision to take was to be MCC.”
Today we are so proud to announce there are three groups now forming to Become an MCC Emerging Church in the following Cuban cities: Matanzes, Santa Clara, and Cardenas. Please keep these cities and the leaders of these new groups in your prayers.
MCC 47th Anniversary Celebration.
to become a Pacesetter Church.
Prepare for this special celebration with wide variety of resources to share both in worship, on your church website, and in social media.
Grace and Peace,
DATE: September 21, 2015
During Washington D.C. visit, Pope Francis will be welcomed by religious and community leaders at a ceremony at the White house on Tuesday morning, including the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Global Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches. Dr. Wilson then joins other national religious leaders who are part of “Blessed Tomorrow” to work on Climate Care and to build on Pope Francis’ Encyclical.
Wednesday, September 23, 8:15am – White House Reception
Thursday, September 24, 7:30 RSVP – National Cathedral DC Worship Service
Friday, September 25, 8:30 – 11:30am ET:
Religious leaders meet on climate care and to hear Pope’s UN Remarks
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson and a host of prominent religious and community leaders
“The Pope and I agree on so much-mercy, forgiveness, care for the poor and climate care,” said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, global Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches. “When it comes to his views where we disagree, like acceptance of LGBT people, women’s ordination, and women’s birth choices, perhaps I can borrow a line from him, ‘Who am I to judge?’ In the meantime, we will urge the Pope and the Vatican to catch up to Catholics in the pews who are more progressive than their leaders.”
September 23 – White house (red entrance)
September 24-25 – National Cathedral – 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC
On October 6, 1968, Rev. Elder Troy Perry gathered 12 people around a simple coffee table to begin a single church. Little did he know that he was setting into motion what would become a global movement with churches and ministries in 32 nations.
Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) is experiencing significant growth through the formation of MCC Emerging Churches. We are developing a new generation of spiritual leaders and entering new places to do the work of justice, act with compassion, and integrate sexuality, gender, and spirituality. Currently there are 44 MCC Emerging Churches in 21 nations located on 6 continents.
In October as MCC remembers our humble beginnings, we invite you to give to support the creation of even more new MCC churches.
The demand for MCC is high! MCC is working daily to provide leadership formation, promotional materials, and monies for renting a worship space, especially in areas where no other church will open their door to a new MCC church. In many of these places, a small amount of support provides a great number of needed resources!
Many people from every corner of the world are asking for MCC. Rev. Elder Margarita Sanchez de Leon works directly with many of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking leaders. She reminds us, “Most of those ministries are formed in response to conservative movements in their countries or neighborhoods. People are waiting for receiving the balm of God’s inclusive love.”
Become a Pacesetter! Sign up today by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. When your church participates in the 47th Anniversary of MCC, be sure to take a special offering in October for Emerging Ministries. Individuals and small groups can also contribute directly using the donate button on this page. Your gift will ensure training and resources are available to MCC Emerging Churches.
Each week in September, you will have access to a NEW video, PowerPoint slide, and bulletin insert to use in worship and share on social media.
Today hundreds are asking, how can we Become MCC in our own city? Your contribution will open doors for many more to Be MCC around the world!
The current list of MCC Emerging Churches is below.
Please join in the 47th MCC Anniversary Celebration with your financial support.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
Global Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches