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Presentación de las personas designadas como Obispos y Obispas a la Conferencia General de las Iglesias de la Comunidad Metropolitana

¡Alégrense con nosotros!

Queridas Personas Clérigas y Delegadas Laicas:

Nos encontramos emocionados de anunciar que siete nuevos Obispos y Obispas para servir por un período de 5 años comenzando el 1° de junio de este año.

El Consejo de Obispos y Obispas ha votado y aprobado los nombramientos, que aparecen más abajo y la Junta de Gobierno ha aprobado los nombramientos.

 

Hace varios años, cuando las Regiones se disolvieron y en anticipación a la transición de Moderador(a), comenzamos trabajando en un que nos ayudaría en clarificar el papel y responsabilidades de los miembros del Consejo de Obispos y Obispas. Anteriormente, Obispos y Obispas automáticamente pasaban a formar parte del personal a tiempo completo y como miembros del Equipo Directivo de Liderazgo. Actualmente Obispos y Obispas son voluntarios que, como Consejo junto con la Moderadora, ofrecen apoyo espiritual y pastoral, y liderazgo de las iglesias, pastores y personas de ICM.

  

Deseamos que el nombramiento de los nuevos Obispos y Obispas por un periodo de cinco años ofrezcan al Nuevo(a) Moderador(a) la capacidad de continuamente reconfigurar el Consejo para el bienestar de ICM, y con el tiempo, ofrecer a más personas la oportunidad de servir.

 

Cerca de sesenta personas nos fueron recomendadas de parte de los delegados(as) laicos(as) y clérigos(as) de ICM. Creemos que era una respuesta clara y saludable de nuestro pueblo.

 

Invitamos a doce personas para enviar sus solicitudes para ser Obispas, las que habían sido recomendadas en varias ocasiones por clérigos(as) y delegados(as) laicos(as). De esas doce personas, diez presentaron sus solicitudes y siete fueron nombradas como Obispas.

  

Cuando comenzamos el proceso de elección de Obispos y Obispas, esperábamos nombrar no más de cinco nuevos Obispos y Obispas. En lugar de eso, nombramos siete, basados en la fortaleza de sus solicitudes y confiando que tendríamos más personas en este puesto que ayudarían al Consejo de Obispos y Obispas estar más dispuesto a responder a las necesidades de nuestras iglesias y de nuestro pueblo.

Mientras revisábamos las solicitudes, buscamos varias cosas y elegimos a quienes:

  • Tienen una espiritualidad profunda y demostrable, llamado y compromiso
  • Representan bien la fe, valores y visión de ICM, y son leales a nuesta denominación
  • Tendrán la ventaja y serán capaces de transferir su lealtad al siguiente Moderador(a)
  • Incorporan una variedad de regalos, creatividad, competencia y el tipo de diversidad que buscamos
  • Son confiables y no vienen con sus agendas propias, pero serán capaces de servir a todas las personas e Iglesias de ICM con integridad
  • Son capaces de participar bien en equipo
  • Juntos, con nuestros Obispas y Obispos actuales, podrán disfrutar sirviendo e integrando un Nuevoy energético Consejo de Obispos y Obispas.

Confiamos que nuestros siete nombrados, tendrán un apoyo unánime de los Obispos y Obispas actuales, reuniendo los criterios sin excepción.

 

Trabajos arduamente, para balancear las muchas consideraciones de diversidad, con nuestro compromiso de elegir aquellas personas que nuestro pueblo había recomendado, y quienes fácilmente serían reconocidos como Obispos y Obispas.

 

Entre las personas nombradas, cuatro sirven como pastores o han servido como pastes en una Iglesia tipo programa o una Iglesia grande; uno es pastor de una Iglesia tamaño familia; una persona es laica; tres hombre (dos son cisgéneros, uno es un hombre trans); uno es bisexual. Los siete representan tres países y tres grupos de idiomas. Dos son parte del personal de la denominación.

Papel de la Conferencia General:

Obispos y Obispas tienen un lugar especial e histórico en los corazones de ICM en todo el mundo y ofrecen liderazgo espiritual y pastoral para ICM global. Debido a que los Obispos y Obispas nombrados servirán en el Consejo de Obispos y Obispas, el cual es un cuerpo de discernimiento para el Moderador(a), los Estatutos de ICM requieren que la Conferencia General afirme la decisión de la Moderadora y del Consejo de Obispos y Obispas. No es una elección; sino una oportunidad para que las personas clérigas y delegadas laicas expresen su apoyo a nombre de todos los miembros de ICM en el mundo.

En un par de semanas, la Junta de Gobierno anunciará oficialmente un Foro de Negocios de la Conferencia General Especial, agendada para el 9 y 11 de abril, y una votación virtual el 6 y 7 de mayo. Marquen las fechas en sus calendarios y manténganse al tanto para más información.

Las siete personas que serán nuevos(as) Obispos y Obispas que serán presentadas a la Conferencia General para su afirmación son:

 


Rev. Ines-Paul BaumannRev. Ines-Paul Baumann: Pastor de ICM Colonia, Alemania es el nominado más joven, en el rango de los 35 a 49 años. El Rev. Baumann será el primer Obispo Alemán y el primer Obispo No-conforme FTM Género Queer.


 

Rev Pat Bumgardner (2014)Rev. Pat Bumgardner: Por mucho tiempo Pastora de ICM Nueva York; Directora Ejecutiva y Fundadora del Instituto de Justicia Global; Fundadora del Lugar de Silvia para jóvenes queer sin hogar.

Rev. Tony FreemanRev. Tony Freeman: Fue Pastor de ICM San Diego; actualmente es parte del Equipo Directivo de Liderazgo y Director de la Oficina de Vida y Salud de la Iglesia. El Rev. Freeman sirvió en la Junta de Gobierno hasta el 2013.


 

Rev. Dwayne JohnsonRev. Dwayne Johnson: Fue Pastor ICM Richmond en Virginia y de Resurrección ICM en Houston, actualmente es Pastor de ICM Washington, D.C.  El Rev. Johnson ha servido en nuestro proceso de formación de clérigos y clérigas de muchas maneras, y ha sido miembro de la Academia de Formación Espiritual.

Nancy MaxwellNancy Maxwell, J.D., LL.M.: Profesora de Derecho en la Universidad de Washburn y una de los tres líderes de nuestro Equipo LEAD que supervisa el programa a nivel global.Profesora Maxwell posee una considerable experiencia global e imparte cursos de derechos humanos y ley. Ella será la primera mujer laica en ser Obispa.


 

Rev. Carmen Margarita Sánchez De LeónRev. Margarita Sánchez De LeónElla será la primera Obispa Caribeña Afrodescendiente. Ella es pastora, teóloga y activista, actualmente vive en Portugal. La Rev. De León actualmente sirve en el personal de la Oficina de Ministerios Emergentes como Coordinadora de Programa para Iberoamérica y es la Decana Académica del Instituto Garner para Formación del Liderazgo Iberoamericano.

Rev. Dr. Candace R. ShultisRev. Dr. Candace Shultis: Fue Pastora de ICM Washington, D.C., y actualmente es Pastora de King of Peace ICM en St. Petersburg, Florida. La Rev. Shultis ha servido a la denominación en muchas capacidades, incluyendo a la Junta de Gobierno. Ella es la Presidenta de la Comisión sobre la Declaración de Fe de ICM.


Sus biografías y fotos están en archivos adjuntos.

¡Alégrense conmigo que hemos llegado a este lugar después de años de preparación! Por favor oren por los Obispos y Obispas nominados, por sus familias e Iglesias mientras transcurrimos estos tiempos juntos.

Rev. Nancy Wilson Signature

Rev. Dra. Nancy Wilson

Moderadora Global, Iglesias de la Comunidad Metropolitana

 


Introducing Elder Appointees to the General Conference of Metropolitan Community Churches

Rejoice with us!

Dear MCC Clergy and Lay Delegates:

We are excited to announce seven new Elders have been appointed to serve for a five-year term beginning 1 June of this year.

The Council of Elders has vetted and approved the appointees listed below, and the Governing Board has approved the appointments.

Several years ago, when Regions were disbanded and in anticipation of a Moderator transition, we began working on a plan that would clarify the role and responsibilities of members of the Council of Elders. Previously, Elders were automatically full-time staff and members of the Senior Leadership Team. Now, all Elders are volunteers who, as a Council with the Moderator, offer spiritual and pastoral support and leadership to the churches, pastors, and people of MCC.

We hope that appointing the new Elders to a five-year term will give the new Moderator the ability to continuously re-shape the Council for the good of MCC, and over time, give more persons the opportunity to serve.

About sixty people were originally recommended to us from the lay delegates and clergy of MCC. We believe this was a strong and healthy response from our people.

We invited twelve people to apply for Elder, all of whom had been recommended multiple times by clergy or lay leaders. Of those twelve, ten applied, and seven were appointed.

At the beginning of the Elder selection process, we had expected to appoint no more than five new Elders. Instead, we chose seven, based on the strength of their applications and believing that having more people in this role will help the Council of Elders to be even more responsive to the needs of our churches and our people.

In reviewing the applications, we looked for several things and chose those who:

  • Already have a deep and demonstrable spirituality, call, and commitment
  • Represent well the faith, values, and vision of MCC, and are loyal to our denomination
  • Will be an asset to and able to transfer their allegiance to the next Moderator
  • Embody a variety of gifts, creativity, competence, and the kind of diversity we seek
  • Are trustworthy and will not come with their own agendas, but will be able to serve all of the people and churches of MCC with integrity
  • Will be able to blend well as a team
  • Together, with our current Elders, will enjoy serving and integrating into a new, energized Council of Elders

We are confident that our seven appointees, who have the unanimous support of our current Elders, meet this criteria without exception.

We worked hard to balance many of the considerations of diversity with our commitment to choose those who our people have already recommended, and who they would easily recognize as Elders.

Among those appointed are four people who serve as pastor or have served as pastor for program-sized or larger churches; one who is the pastor of a family-sized church; one lay person; three men (two are cisgender, one is a trans-man); and one who is bisexual. The seven represent three countries and three language groups. Two are denominational staff.

The Role of the General Conference:

Elders occupy a special and historic place in the hearts of MCCers world-wide and provide spiritual and pastoral leadership to a global MCC. Because the Elder Appointees will serve on the Council of Elders, which is a discernment body for the Moderator, MCC By-laws require that the General Conference affirm the decision of the Moderator and Council of Elders. This is not an election; rather, it is an opportunity for clergy and lay delegates to voice their support on behalf of MCCers around the world.

In a couple of weeks, the Governing Board will officially announce the Special General Conference Business Forums, scheduled for 9 and 11 April, and virtual voting on 6 and 7 May. Save the dates, and stay tuned for more information!

The seven new Elders being presented to the General Conference for affirmation are:

Rev. Ines-Paul Baumann: Pastor of MCC Cologne, Germany, and the youngest nominee, in the 35-49 age bracket. Rev. Baumann is also the first German Elder and the first non-conforming FTM GenderQueer Elder appointee.

Rev. Pat Bumgardner: Longtime pastor of MCC New York, Executive Director and Founder of the Global Justice Institute, and founder of Sylvia’s Place for homeless queer youth.

Rev. Tony Freeman: Former pastor of MCC San Diego; currently on the Senior Leadership Team as the Director of the Office of Church Life and Health. Rev. Freeman served on the Governing Board until 2013.

Rev. Dwayne Johnson: Former pastor of MCC Richmond in Virginia and of Resurrection MCC in Houston, current pastor of MCC Washington, D.C. Rev. Johnson has served our clergy formation process in many ways and is a lifetime member of the Academy of Spiritual Formation.

Nancy Maxwell, J.D., LL.M.: Professor of Law at Washburn University and one of three leaders of our LEAD team that oversees the program globally. Prof. Maxwell has considerable global experience and teaches courses on human rights and the law. She is the first lay woman to be appointed as Elder.

Rev. Margarita Sánchez De León: The first Elder nominee of Caribbean African descent. She is a pastor, published theologian and an activist, currently living in Portugal. Rev. De León currently serves on staff of the Office of Emerging Ministries as the Program Coordinator for Iberoamerica and is the Academic Dean of the Garner Institute for Iberoamerica Leadership Formation.

Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis: Former pastor of MCC Washington, D.C., and current pastor of King of Peace MCC in St. Petersburg, Florida, Rev. Shultis has served the denomination in many capacities, including on the Governing Board. She is currently chairing the Commission on the MCC Statement of Faith.

Their bios and photos are included below.

Rejoice with me that we have come to this place after years of preparation! Please pray for the Elder appointees, their families and churches as we move through this time together.

Rev. Nancy Wilson Signature

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Global Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches


 

Rev. Ines-Paul BaumannMy name is Ines-Paul Baumann.

I live in Cologne/Germany/Europe/World/Creation/God.

I spend most of my time being Parent and Partner, pastoring in MCC Cologne and earning money as Webdeveloper.

My firstname tries to express that I no longer care what gender/s I’m supposed to form.

I came to MCC in 2004 after my queercore-punkrock-band had split. The General Conference 2010 in Acapulco/Mexico was my first experience with the global fellowship outside Europe. I was ordained in 2012.

I love discussions AND decisions. I love questions and questioning. I love to “collect data” before I make up my mind. I appreciate a diversity of lifestyles, abilities, views and traditions. I can share clearness regarding a common ground AND openness regarding it’s different ways of practical meaning.

As an elder I would like to serve WITH and FOR rather than OVER people. I’d like to  proceed with healing by seeing the sainthood not only of those aspects (religions, traditions, opinions, people and self-experiences) that parts of Christianities outside and inside of ourselves already acknowledge as saint. I feel a bit uneasy with the unclear boundaries we have regarding the judicial, legislative and executive power for elders in MCC.

But I share enthusiasm for transforming ourselves as we transform our worlds. I’m committed to explore and be a voice for our understanding(s) of church, faith and spirituality – for and with LGBTIQ*- communities, but what we have to offer is so relevant for so many inside and outside of MCC and Christendom also!

Thank you for taking me into account for the search for additional Elders. God bless all applicants and your considerations and decisions!


 

Rev Pat Bumgardner (2014)The Rev. Pat Bumgardner is currently the Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of New York, where she has served in various capacities for the past 33 years. Rev. Pat is also the Executive Director of the Global Justice Institute, traveling, writing and speaking on behalf of MCC world-wide, addressing a range of social justice issues, forging on-the-ground partnerships, and supporting efforts to promote an inclusive human rights agenda. She chairs the Moderator’s Public Policy Team and holds a seat on the Council for Global Equality.

The Founder of The Sylvia Rivera Memorial Food Pantry at MCCNY and Sylvia’s Place, she has become a leading visionary in the quest of the Queer community to build coalitions and deal with hunger and homelessness, as well as homophobia and other social prejudices. Named for the late civil rights leader, Sylvia Rivera, Sylvia’s Place serves as New York City’s emergency shelter dedicated to providing safe space, food, medical and psychological care, and spiritual support for homeless LGBT youth.

Educated in the Roman Catholic tradition, Rev. Pat has become a sought-after speaker and preacher across denominational divides, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, serving as the 2011 New York City Pride Grand Marshal.

Her current focus involves work with activists in Costa Rica, East Africa, Brazil, Mexico and Eastern Europe, working with asylum seekers in New York City, and developing presentations that address human trafficking as a Queer rights issue.

The proud grandparent of 4 year old Joshua, she lives in the West Village of New York City with her spouse of 28 years, Mary Jane Gibney, and their puppy, Lily.


 

Rev. Tony FreemanRev. Tony Freeman

Since my initial licensure in 1995 as clergy in MCC, I have served in a variety of leadership roles in the local church (including all of the different church “sizes”) and at the denominational level in both volunteer and staff roles. My local church experience includes staff clergy, executive pastor, interim pastor and senior pastor. Denominationally, I served as Chair of the Strategic Growth Initiative, Chair of the Structure Review Team, and as Vice Chair of the Governing Board and I’m currently serving as the Director of Church Life and Health (and member of the senior leadership team). My MCC experience includes visiting and working with our churches around the world (United States, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Canada and Mexico). I have also presented over 20 seminars and workshops at MCC conferences

I live in Tucson, Arizona USA with my thirteen year old dog, Pollie. Although I’m frequently travelling on weekends, I do enjoy attending Water of Life MCC when I’m home.

I believe that being an Elder in MCC means you are called to be a servant- leader that embodies the core values of our denomination in ways that inspire and empower people and our churches to achieve their greatest potential. I’m grateful for this opportunity to share in this ministry and pray that God will bless us mightily as we together pursue our mission to transform lives and our world.


 

Rev. Dwayne JohnsonRev. Dwayne Johnson

Rev. Dwayne Johnson came to MCC for the first time in 1978. At that time he was a member of the Church of Nazarene, a conservative evangelical denomination. MCC opened new windows personally and theologically and he became a member of MCC of Greater Kansas City in 1983. He became a Transfer Clergy at MCC of Washington, DC in 1990. His experiences include serving as Senior Pastor of MCC Richmond, Virginia (1992-96); Senior Pastor of Resurrection, MCC, Houston, Texas (1996-2009); and currently Senior Pastor of MCC of Washington, D.C., USA.

His denominational work includes service on various committees and working groups, including service as Chair of Clergy Credentialing and Concerns for the South Central District. He has preached at Leadership, District, and Regional Conferences and at General Conference.

Dwayne has a passion for outreach, justice and equality that is grounded in spiritual development. His ecumenical work includes serving with the Coalition for Mutual Respect from 1996-2009, including a 2006 peace mission to Israel with Muslim, Jewish and Christian educators and clergy. Currently he serves by mayoral appointment on the Mayor’s Interfaith Council in Washington, D.C., USA.

In January 2009 he became a member of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, studying with Grace Imathiu, Margaret Guenther, Glenn Hinson and other leaders in the Spiritual Formation movement.

Born in Lubbock, Texas, USA he has also lived in California, Kansas, Missouri, and Washington State. He is a graduate of Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, majoring in Communications, Psychology and English and earned his M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

Dwayne envisions MCC as a denomination called to embody the strength of global diversity, power in global partnerships, and an unwavering voice for global equality.


 

Nancy MaxwellNancy G. Maxwell* holds dual membership at MCC of Topeka and the Church of the Trinity, Sarasota, Florida. She began attending MCC of Topeka in 1990 and recently joined the Church of the Trinity, Sarasota, Florida.

Nancy is a co-coordinator of the MCC lay leader certificate program, Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship (LEAD). She has attended the Moderator’s Leadership Mentoring Retreat, stood for election to the Governing Board in 2010, is a certified facilitator for Creating a Life that Matters, completed her LEAD certificate in 2013, attended the Size, Worship, Programming, and Stewardship Summits, and has presented on The Partnership between a Church’s Board of Directors and the Ministry Staff; The Large Church; and The Legal Aspects of LGBT Families. She recently completed a course in pastoral care at the Pacific School of Religion.

In July Nancy will retire from Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, KS, where she has taught Family Law, Sexuality and the Law, Criminal Law, Feminist Legal Theory and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has served as the law school’s Co-Director of the International and Comparative Law Center, teaching comparative law in London, UK, Utrecht, NL, and Barbados. Nancy has presented academic papers in numerous countries; her legal research includes same-sex marriage, co-parent adoption, parentage issues, mediation, and legal education. Nancy holds a B.A. in psychology and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of North Dakota, and a master’s of law (LL.M.) degree in law teaching from Harvard. She is licensed to practice law in North Dakota and the federal Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; she is a trained child custody and visitation mediator, and implemented a student-run dispute resolution program in Topeka, Kansas, public school system.

Some of the skills and gifts Nancy brings to the role of elder include pastoral care, spiritual discernment, teaching/facilitating, and administration.

* Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston was a lay person at the time of her election as a Regional Elder and later entered the process of ordination as MCC clergy.


 

Rev. Carmen Margarita Sánchez De LeónRev. Margarita Sánchez De León, originally from Puerto Rico and living in Lisbon, Portugal, has been part of MCC since 1996.  She was co-pastor of MCC Cristo Sanador in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the founding stage and Senior Pastor from 2006 to 2008. She was Executive Director of Amnesty International, Section of Puerto Rico and as has wide experience working with and taking action for human rights and LGBT rights through grassroots organizations and social movements. When moving to London, UK, she was pastor in the East London and South London MCC congregations from 2009 to 2012. At denominational level, she is part of Theologies Team since 2010 and works as Program Coordinator for Iberoamerica –Office of Emerging Ministries (in close collaboration with Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez) and is the Academic Dean of the “Darlene Garner Institute for Ibero-American Leadership Formation – OFLD.

One of her skills and passions is to help to build alliances and create networks between organizations, groups and people.  She is a person of dialogue that embraces diversity and multiculturalism as a way of life.  She enjoys encouraging people to understand their own strengths as a gift. She has curiosity for life and a passion for people.

She has a BA in Art and Literature from the University of Puerto Rico, an MA in Religion from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico and Courses for Doctor of Philosophy program from the Graduate Theological Foundation. She speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese.

She is married with Frida Kruijt and they are mothers of Oshadi and Siboney, girl and boy twins of five years old.


 

Rev. Dr. Candace R. ShultisRev. Dr. Candace R. Shultis grew up in Kingston, NY and Pittsfield, MA. She earned her baccalaureate degree from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), B.B.A., in 1973, her master’s and her doctorate at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, M.Div., 1980 and D. Min., 2004. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled: The Creation of a More Diverse Congregation: A History of the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC. From November, 1973 through August, 1976, she served as a disbursing officer in the United States Marine Corps. She first attended the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC in 1979. Candace served as the Associate Pastor of MCC Washington from 1983 until 1995 when she was elected Pastor. She was called and elected to be the Pastor at King of Peace MCC, St. Petersburg, FL in December, 2007.

Candace has served in a number of denominational capacities including as Assistant District Coordinator (Mid-Atlantic District), as a member and then chair of the Clergy Credentials and Concerns Committee and as a member of the Governing Board. She presently serves as the Chair of the Commission on the Statement of Faith. She has preached in churches and at events from New Haven CT to Sydney Australia.

Candace brings the spiritual gifts of pastor, administrator, stewardship, leadership and discernment. She is a gifted preacher and teacher. She loves people in all the ways they show up and has a passion for the growth of churches and people.

She and her partner of 22 years, Barbara, also enjoy the company of their two dachshunds: Wendy, and Mister Redd (Really Extraordinary Dachshund Dog).

Merry Christmas from Metropolitan Community Churches

 

Reject Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda

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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:

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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