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Watch Rev Elder Nancy Wilson’s Sermon on our new branding Sunday, 12 January 2013 at  http://holycrossmcc.sermon.tv/6318713

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Dear MCC Pastors, Lay Leaders and Congregations:

“Metropolitan Community Churches is one of the best kept secrets!”  We have all heard this said, but we know that MCC’s dramatic impact on lives, history, and the church is a story worth telling.  At this moment, we are poised to tell that story locally and globally in a powerful way. Our storied legacy prepares us for an amazing future!

We arrived at this moment 44 years after the Rev. Troy Perry, to whom we owe so much, established MCC with the founding principles of: Salvation, Community, and Christian Action. Today, mainline American Protestant Churches and churches in other countries are more open than ever, while MCC is now a denomination unto itself.  At the same time, the vast majority of Christians live in contexts that are homophobic, transphobic, in denial about HIV/AIDS, and are often oppressive to women.

The truth is, we know our roots!

  • In the first incarnation, MCC was the gay and lesbian church. We were welcome at MCC.
  • In the second incarnation, MCC was the church with HIV/AIDS.  We lived and died together.
  • In the third incarnation, MCC was the human rights church. Our reach became international.
  • Now what? Where do we go from here?

The truth is, we are just getting started!

We truly live in a global village. Technology has created new paradigms for faith experiences. Social justice on one continent deeply impacts what happens on another one. The internet has allowed affinity groups and niche communities to align around the world and build global constituencies.

  • Salvation, the deep healing of our spirituality, bodies, minds and hearts, in reconciliation with God and one another, is needed by so many who are painfully alienated from religion!  The Internet gives power and immediacy to our view of the amazing Grace of God! MCC is THERE!
  • Community now means the global village – city by city, online community by online community! Love, acceptance, and hope nurture young people—bullied for being “different” and betrayed by religion—who are spiritually hungry for authentic community.  Families want a church where everyone is welcome. MCC is HERE!
  • Christian action is about social justice in the context of this new “community.”  MCC buildings are still a hub of action in many communities.  We are on the ground in 40 countries, and our Moderator sits on the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships. We have food pantries, shelters and ecumenical relationships. MCC ACTS!

The truth is, we are on the way!

MCC’s inquisitive theology and history of radical hospitality give the denomination the leverage to live the charge of the Gospel to follow Jesus by embodying and living out the prophetic call for global social justice.  MCC is right on the edge of emerging as the progressive Christian voice in the world with the potential to call for the reconciliation of human sexuality and spirituality as we transform ourselves, our Church and our world in fulfillment of the Gospel.

The truth is, we have a story to tell!

MCC Staff and Governing Board worked hard for a year and a half to provide the story-telling tools you need to let the world know that MCC is not a secret!  It is Good News! In the next few months, we will equip MCC members, friends and allies with information about who we are so you can amplify our voices at the grassroots level!  This will help us begin to communicate better to those who are not yet a part of MCC.

The truth is, we have the tools to tell our story!

As we have shared these new materials with young adults in MCC, with pastors, churches, leaders, and focus groups, we have seen a level of excitement and pride that is palpable.

  • Starter kit of posters, promotional stickers, and bumper stickers will be mailed to each church
  • Additional posters and stickers are available for purchase
  • A banner will be available for purchase
  • Free downloadable resources include a digital web banner, a digital ad, and preaching resources for clergy who wish to do a sermon series or a liturgy on what it means to be MCC.
  • A free webinar, accessible around the world, will be available to assist churches plan how to use these materials. Dates and times of the live webinar are 7 December 2012, 12:00am UTC/GMT (6 December, 7:00pm U.S. Eastern) and 13 December 2012, 6:00pm UTC/GMT (1:00pm U.S. Eastern). A recorded version will be posted for on-demand viewing at a later date.
  • Other posters will follow the initial four, available before General Conference next July 2013

The truth is, the MCC banner will be visible at Chicago Pride before General Conference.

Believe” is not just a General Conference theme, it is our core being.  MCC believes that our call and commitment is for today’s opportunities and challenges.  MCC believes the Spirit of the Living God will bless us and use us in even more ways to bless and transform lives and history!

The truth is, WE ARE CALLED!

I invite you to join me and MCC leadership in investing with us in telling the story of our global ministries.  We are called to a ministry of love, hope and justice.  We are headed into a new era of excellence and effectiveness for MCC.  As we approach Advent, we know that Emmanuel means God With Us. In that knowledge, we can offer the best of who we are and who we are becoming to a world that needs our message and ministry more than ever!

 

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Moderator

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One Response to “Be MCC”

  • […] The spirit of John XXIII that surprisingly opened theological and practical windows and doors, letting in fresh air, is still urgently needed. If the Church is truly the “People of God,” as Vatican II proclaimed, Pope Francis, you have an opportunity to allow the yearnings of the People of God and a truly compassionate church to be realized through Vatican III. Truly, a Catholic Church that can re-invent itself in the full image of God — regardless of gender — would join MCC in “transforming ourselves as we transform the world.” […]