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Merry Christmas from Metropolitan Community Churches

 

Reject Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda

Sign this faith initiated petition today! here

Trust is a Queer Thing – Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson

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Ecumenical Retreat for Gay & Bisexual Christian Men

MCC
Gratitude in Three Movements:
Forgiveness, Acceptance, Thanksgiving
An Ecumenical Retreat for Gay and Bisexual Christian Men
Led by Robert V. Taylor and Chris Glaser
Robert V. Taylor
Robert V. Taylor
Chris Glaser
Chris Glaser
Using a new format to increase dialogue between the co-presenters as well as among the men, we will consider three “movements” of  gratitude, given our proximity to Canadian Thanksgiving in October and American Thanksgiving in November.
The first movement is that of Forgiveness, which helps us “clean house” to make room for gratitude.
The second movement is Acceptance, the practice of welcoming our identities and our experiences.
The third movement is Thanksgiving, giving expression to our gratitude in word and deed.
November 10 – 13, 2011
2495 Fox Gap Road
Bangor, PA 18013
For more information about the retreat, Click Here.
To register, Click Here.
For a full write-up of this program, suitable for posting, Click Here.

Opportunity to Serve on the Board of Pensions, USA

Current BOP members: Jeremiah Nelson, Rev. Mark Bidwell, Rev. Carolyn Mobley,
Rev. Wes Mullins, Chuck Phelan, Bill Hooper (Administrator), Devon Avery,
Rev. Tom Emmett (Not shown: Hank Hueber)

Opportunity to Serve on the Board of Pensions, USA

Our MCC clergy are the lifeblood of our community. The MCC Pension Plan is one way we show them we care about their future. The Board of Pensions is an active board which not only oversees the clergy pension plan, but strives to improve and expand it as well.

We have 1 opening on our National Board, which carries a four-year term. The current opening is a non-clergy position. Investment knowledge, marketing, communication and/or technological skills would perfectly complement our Board make up. Please contact us for more information. The successful candidate will be appointed by the Governing Board and Moderator.

Our deadline to receive resumes/references is 5 October 2011. Please send to Devon Avery, President, UFMCC BOP: .

MCC Retirement: Rev. Elder John Gill

Synergy! Clergy Retreat 2011!

Metropolitan Community Churches

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

Synergy!
Synergy! - “The effect that is created by the combined

cooperative efforts of a willing community.”

More News & Information from OFLD

Click here to view a new resource for clergy beginning a pastoral search.

Not a member of the US Board of Pensions? Click here to find out more information about this important retirement resource.

Is your church looking for a speaker or wanting to plan a book event?  Chris Glaser is an MCC Clergy person and has published widely in the area of LGBT spirituality. His latest book is titled, The Final Deadline: What Death Has Taught Me About Life. To contact Chris go to his website at www.chrisglaser.com.

A friend and ally of MCC, Frank Schaffer, has recently published the book SEX, MOM and GOD: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics–and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway. To find out more about the book and Frank’s availability for speaking engagements contact him .

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Diana Butler Bass

Reflect, Renew, Refresh!

OFLD Clergy Retreat with Diana Butler BassSeptember 12-14, 2011
Duncan Retreat Center, Delray Beach, FL

Come join us in sunny Florida, September 12-14 for a time of clergy renewal and retreat!  More and more studies are indicating the work of clergy in a post-modern culture can quickly lead to burn out.  The OFLD is offering this retreat as a time for MCC clergy to come together to reflect on their calling, renew their spirits and refresh their souls.  We are not going to ‘over program’ this retreat.  There will be time for connection and sharing, prayer, and walking on the beach.  Diana Butler Bass will be with us all day on September 13 and we will have opportunity to engage her in an intimate retreat setting as she shares how clergy can take care of themselves and their families while staying grounded in their calling during a time when Christendom is radically changing.

Cost of the retreat is $275 US which includes 2 nights lodging (double occupancy with a private bath and wireless internet) and six meals.  The $275 rate is good until May 5, 2011. After May 5 through July 5, 2011 cost for the retreat will be $325.  Absolute deadline for all registrations is July 5, 2011.  Click here to register.

Thanks to a generous donation from MCC Austin, the OFLD will be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to help with the cost of registration for the retreat.  Please contact Rev. Dr. Mona West () to inquire about scholarship applications.

For more information on Diana Butler Bass and to view a video of one of her presentations go to

http://www.dianabutlerbass.com/. To find out more about the Duncan Retreat Center go to www.duncancenter.org.

Lilly Endowment Renewal Grants for Pastors

Lilly Endowment, an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic Renewalfoundation, seeks to strengthen Christian congregations by providing an opportunity for pastors to step away briefly from the obligations of parish life and engage in a period of renewal, intentional exploration, and reflection. In the 2011 National Clergy Renewal Program, the Endowment anticipates awarding as many as 150 grants of up to $50,000 each directly to Christian congregations for the support of a renewal program for their pastor. Up to $15,000 of the grant may be used for congregational expenses associated with the renewal program. Deadline for submission of proposals is May 12, 2011. For more information, go to www.clergyrenewal.org.

Prayer Request: Rev. Elder Jean White

A Prayer Request from the Desk of Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson

Dear MCC Pastors, Members and Friends:

nancywilson

Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson

As many of you may know, Rev Elder Jean White has been ill for some time and unfortunately was rushed into hospital on Saturday morning.

On Sunday evening she received news that her latest scan shows that the original tumour has both grown and spread to her liver and lungs.

Rev Elder Jean has been in considerable pain over the last couple weeks, but staff are now managing her pain well.

I have asked Rev Janice Bowker to offer care and support to Rev Elder Jean, her partner Mary and members of MCC South London; I am in frequent contact with Jean and Mary, as well as Rev Bowker and Marina Laws in the Network Office.

Rev Elder Darlene Garner will be meeting with members of MCC South London later this week, when she visits Manchester, to offer additional support and assistance.

I would ask you all to add Rev Elder Jean, her partner Mary, all their friends and loved ones, along with members of MCC South London to your prayers.

Grace and Peace,

+ Nancy

Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson
Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches

2010 Clergy License Renewal

Metropolitan Community Churches

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

Mona West
Rev. Mona West
Ph.D
Director of Formation and Leadership Development
P.O. Box 1374
Abilene, TX 79604

Fax:310-388-1252

Skype: mona.west1

Ritchie Crownfield

Ritchie Crownfield
Executive Assistant to OFLD
PO Box 14309
Atlanta GA 30324

SKYPE Ritchie.Crownfield
678-983-9888
404-848-9824 fax


September 15, 2010


Dear Clergy Colleagues,

It’s that time of year again–time to file your annual license renewal. This really is so much more than just filling out the paperwork and sending in your money! Here are two reasons why. The Office of Formation and Leadership Development gets requests throughout the year from churches that are in pastoral search wanting to verify that a candidate has an active license. Often MCC Clergy contact us needing a letter of endorsement indicating that they are clergy in good standing with MCC. Having up-to-date paperwork allows the OFLD to make those verifications.


And, the fee that you pay every year helps with the ongoing work of Clergy Development through REVM programs for incoming clergy candidates as well as retreats, conferences and continuing education opportunities for currently ordained clergy.


The fee for clergy licenses for 2011 is $175 for active clergy wishing to renew and $50 for retired clergy wishing a limited license to practice. The annual status form can be downloaded or completed on line at http://www.ofld.mccchurch.org/?page_id=378 .

Forms and fees are due by December 31, 2010. Incremental late fees will be assessed for forms received after January 1, 2011. Please see chart below.

Before December 31, 2010 $175

January 1-February 28, 2011 $225

After March 1, 2011 $300



Please be reminded that the Clergy Manual states status forms must be filed annually and failure to do so can result in a defacto resignation.


If you have extenuating circumstances concerning the payment of the fee or certification of your Triple A ministry please do not hesitate to contact me at revmonawest@mccchurch.net before December 31, 2010.


As always, I am honored to call you colleagues and grateful for the work you do as ordained clergy in MCC.


Peace,

Mona

Queer History Class Registration is Open

Metropolitan Community Churches

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

Mona West

Rev. Mona West, Ph.D
Director of Formation and Leadership Development

P.O. Box 1374
Abilene, TX 79604
Fax:310-388-1252
Skype: mona.west1

Ritchie Crownfield

PO Box 14309
Atlanta GA 30324

SKYPE Ritchie.Crownfield
678-983-9888
404-848-9824 fax

The MCC Office of Formation and Leadership Development is offering Queer History with The Rev. Dr.Joan Saniuk in the fall of 2010.

Class will occur online on six Saturdays (Oct 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and Dec 4).
Time: 12pm – 2pm ET
Fee: $150.00

This MAP required  course will give an overview of the history of GLBTQ people from the ancient Western world, through the pre-industrial and modern cultures to contemporary global situations. Particular emphasis will be placed on the understandning the social constructions of sexuality and gender and on the the historic roots of contemporary religious, social and political realities. To register- http://www.ofld.mccchurch.org/?page_id=94

You will be sent a syllabus after you have registered for the course.

MCC