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Lift Your Voice for Marriage Equality

Lift Your Voice for Marriage Equality

Join the
United for Marriage Rally
March 26, 2013

On March 26-27, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider landmark cases that will determine if LGBT Americans will enjoy the freedom and equality under the law that is every American’s birthright.  These deliberations are coming amid a dramatic change in public opinion about marriage equality for LGBT people with more than half of Americans favoring marriage rights for same-sex couples according to a December poll by Gallup.  The United States of America is ready for marriage equality.

As the nation’s highest court begins its deliberations of these cases, Metropolitan Community Churches and the Global Justice Institute are joining LGBT and allied organizations, faith and grassroots leaders, and social justice and religious associations from across the country in rallying at the steps of the Supreme Court to tell our stories and make our voices heard about the fundamental right and freedom to marry.

Please join us for this historical moment by helping us demonstrate our strong support for marriage equality for all Americans, whether in Washington, DC or in your own community.  In addition to the rally at the U.S. Supreme Court, more than 100 local leaders and organizations are organizing rallies, vigils, observances, and prayer services in their local areas to highlight their support for marriage equality for LGBT people.

Can we count you in? There are three ways you can get involved:

Come rally with us outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on March 26th and 27th:  
http://bit.ly/UnitedForMarriageRally

Join or organize a community event in your area: http://bit.ly/UnitedForMarriageLocalEvents

Tweet from your event using #united4marriage

Whether you attend the rally in Washington, DC or in your local area, wear red to show your support for freedom and equality.

Every action and every event we organize in support of marriage equality will bring us a step closer in making freedom and equality a reality for all people.  Several MCC’s have already committed to lifting their voices on behalf of marriage equality within their own communities:

*MCC Hartford, Hartford, CT
*MCC New Haven, New Haven, CT
*Sunshine Cathedral, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
*Trinity MCC, Gainesville, FL

If your congregation is planning an event in observance of the marriage equality court hearings, please let us know at .

The Next Chapter in LGBT Justice: A Faith Perspective – featuring Bishop Yvette Flunder & Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson

 

Post-Election Panel Discussion

The Next Chapter in LGBT Justice:

A Faith Perspective

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7pm

U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

Room HVC-215

murphman72's Next Chapter in LGBT Justice-  A Faith Perspective album on Photobucket

 

The panel will examine the 2012 Elections for lessons learned about the future of LGBT justice and opportunities to collaborate with faith leaders and to integrate faith groups. The panel seeks to offer a more viable alternative to the familiar media frame that has conservative religious denominations and organizations on one side and the secular gay rights activists and organizations on the other side. “Gays vs God.” That frame assumes that there are no progressive people of faith committed to the full equality and inclusion of LGBTQ people or that LGBT rights groups place no value on communities of faith. Progressive people of faith, who have been active in the push for human rights for LGBT people, bring a wealth of experience to the cause of justice and an affirming religious message of radical inclusion and beloved community. A more robust partnership between these progressive religious voices and the LGBT rights community can serve as a powerful rejection of the “gays vs. God” frame and broaden the dialogue about civil rights for LGBT people beyond the current assumption that all religious voices are anti-gay. We hope for a lively discussion that, though rooted in the work that led up to Tuesday’s election, will serve as guidepost for the future.

 

 

Opening Remarks by The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton (Delegate-Washington, DC)

 

Moderator:

Rev. Cedric Harmon (Co-Director, Many Voices)

 

Panelists:

Bishop Yvette Flunder (Fellowship of Affirming Ministries)

Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson (Metropolitan Community Churches)

David Stacy (Deputy Legislative Director, Human Rights Campaign)

Sarah Dreier (International Affairs Director, Episcopal Church USA and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)

Rev. Dennis Wiley (Co-Pastor, Covenant Baptist UCC Church)

Sharon Lettman Hicks (Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition)

Rachel Laser (Deputy Director, Religious Action Center for Reformed Judaism)

 

 

Please do come and join us, invite a friend, and forward to your networks.  This important conversation should be witnessed by all.

Moderator to Address Metropolitan Community Churches – Live Broadcast

If you missed the live broadcast, you can view the full recording by going to the following link:

Click here to view it

or paste the following link on your web browser address line:  http://connectpro65389412.adobeconnect.com/p8lufyfcgy2/

If you prefer to read the transcript of Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson’s address to MCC, click on the following link:

Moderator’s State of MCC Address – March 27, 2012 Live Broadcast Transcript

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Dear Members and Friends of MCC:

Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, will be delivering a live video address on Tuesday, 27 March 2012, at 1:00PM ET (5:00PM GMT) to update our friends, members, and stakeholders on the major outcomes of the recent meeting of the Governing Board.

The Governing Board met in Florida, 8-10 March 2012, for its pre-scheduled spring face-to-face meeting. Among the issues reviewed at the meeting were current financial health, review of updates from the International Task Force, communications strategy, and fund development.

Moderator Wilson will provide an overview of several critical decisions made by the Governing Board on these issues. The video broadcast will last approximately 30 minutes.

You can access the live broadcast at:

http://connectpro65389412.adobeconnect.com/mcclivebroadcast/

NOTE: There is no conference call option, the audio will be broadcast via your computer. Be sure to turn up the audio on your computer to listen.

It will be recorded for subsequent viewing on the MCC Governing Board website: http://governingboard.mccchurch.org.

If you have questions or comments following the presentation, please write to Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin .

We look forward to you joining us!

Peace and Blessings,
Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator
Metropolitan Community Churches

Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin
Vice Chair, MCC Governing Board

2012 Leadership Mentoring Retreat

Western Europe/United Kingdom Network


2012 Leadership Mentoring Retreat

An important leadership development program is being offered by MCC, and I want to encourage the people of MCC in Europe to apply. The MCC Leadership Mentoring Retreat will take place in Ellenton, Florida (USA), 16-19 January 2012. Transportation can be coordinated from either of the two nearest airports: Sarasota/Bradenton (SRQ) and Tampa (TPA).

 

The application deadline has just been extended to 1 December 2011.

 

As a special incentive, MCC has offered a travel supplement of up to £250 to people from Europe who are selected by the Moderator to participate in the Retreat. Those who are selected to participate in the Retreat and want to receive the travel supplement should contact Rev. Elder Darlene Garner <> as soon as the notice of acceptance is received.

 

 

2012 Leadership Mentoring Retreat
(Application Deadline Extended)
LMR 2012 logo

 

16-19 January 2012

DaySpring Conference Center

Ellenton, Florida

 

What is that nagging sensation??

Is the Holy Spirit urging you to join with others who want to change lives and change history?

 

Are you in need of inspiration and re-direction in your ministry, whether as a layperson or as clergy?

 

Would you enjoy hearing Rev. Elders Nancy Wilson and Don Eastman tell unpublished stories of MCC folklore?

 

Have you always felt a call beyond the local church to connect the global to the local?

 

THEN JOIN US . . .
Click here for details about the 2012 Leadership Mentoring Retreat and to learn how to apply. Application must be received by 1 December 2011.

 

 

Network Elder & Team Leader
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
Skype: darlene.garner
Support Staff
Jason O’Neill
Skype: mccjason

Fellowship Sunday Thank You

A Message from
Rev. Dr. Nancy L. Wilson
Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches

An MCC 43rd Anniversary Thank You To 2011 Fellowship Sunday Pacesetter Churches

 

Dear MCC Leader:

I have three thoughts on my mind that I’d like to share with you today.

FIRST:

I trust your congregation had a wonderful Fellowship Sunday observance and celebration of MCC’s 43rd anniversary this month!

What a blessing to see so many ways God has blessed and guided Metropolitan Community Churches since that very first service with 12 worshippers in Rev. Troy Perry’s home on 6 October 1968!

By their very nature, anniversaries are times of thankfulness. I am so thankful today that God has called us to minister together as colleagues in this amazing, world-wide ministry that is touching lives in 40 countries around the globe.

SECOND:

I love hearing the many ways our Pacesetter churches observed Fellowship Sunday this year!

If you haven’t already done so already, I’d love for you to write to me and let me know how your church celebrated. What was memorable or unique? Did you have special music or testimonies? How did you receive your Fellowship Sunday Offering? Were you able to use the Fellowship Sunday Offering resources?

I encourage you to take a few minutes to write and share your church’s anniversary experiences with me.

THIRD:

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to your church for being a MCC Pacesetter Church and for participating in the 2011 Fellowship Sunday Offering Campaign!

Please convey my deep appreciation to your congregation for their investment in MCC’s future and in MCC’s growing, emerging international ministry.

Thanks to the generosity of Fellowship Sunday Pacesetter Churches, the MCC International Task Force will be able to hold face-to-face meetings to complete their vital work, and I believe their work will lead to strategies and systems that will strengthen MCC’s global ministry for decades to come.

I’ve also prepared an online video message to say “thank you” for your church’s leadership and generosity:


Click the play button to view video.
(special thanks to Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for producing this and many more videos.)
Please feel free to share this video with your church, or post it on your church’s website. Here is the direct link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5V2ipJ9xQ0&feature=player_embedded

As we begin our 44th year of MCC ministry, let me say again how honored I am to serve as Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches and how pleased I am that we are colleagues in this incredible ministry to which God has called us.

Please know that you and your church continue to be in my prayers, and I, in turn, welcome your prayers for God’s blessing and guidance.

As MCC looks to a hope-filled future, I encourage you to hold fast to this promise from God’s Word:

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has

imagined what God is preparing for those who love God!”

– I Corinthians 2:9

 

In the Spirit of Jesus,
Rev. Dr. Nancy L. Wilson
MCC Moderator

 

 

2011 Fellowship Sunday Offering Campaign

We are on our way to our goal of $25,000 USD. It’s not too late to donate, if you or your church has not participated yet.

Ways to Remit Your Donation to MCC:

  1. Send in your Fellowship Sunday offering with your tithe payment and make a note to let us know how much is designated for this offering.
  2. Mail in a check to MCC, PO Box 1374, Abilene, TX 79604, USA. Be sure to note “Fellowship Sunday offering.”
  3. Click the link below to make a donation online.
    Donate Now

Equality Forum 2012 – Submissions for Program Ideas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help shape programming at Equality Forum 2012, April 30 to May 6, by sharing your suggestions with their Board.

The annual Equality Forum is the largest national and international LGBT civil rights summit. Equality Forum 2012 has no registration fee and all substantive programs are free. To learn more about Equality Forum, visit www.equalityforum.com.

Equality Forum wants to hear from you. If you would like to share your programming ideas click here and you will be directed to the Equality Forum’s programming submission page.

About Equality Forum

Equality Forum is a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum presents annually the largest and premier national and international LGBT civil rights summit. More

www.equalityforum.com (215) 732-3378

MCC NEWS: An Easter Message from the Moderator

MCC Headline News
Tearing Down Walls. Building Up Hope.


 

An Easter Message from the Moderator

I have just come from a week of meetings with our Senior Leadership Team, in Austin, Texas, and we are fired up! I wish every one of you could have been in the room this week as we prayed and reflected together every day, in our own time of preparation for Holy week. In our every prayer, we thought of you, our local pastors and lay leaders, our members and friends of MCC, in this time of challenge and change in the world. We know that we work together with you, great things are happening!

In the midst of all the last minute details, choir rehearsals and sermon preparations and special outreach efforts, we want you to remember several things:

You are making a difference in the lives of people and in your community. Sometimes we get recognition for that, sometimes we don’t, but the fact is that your ministry has saved lives, has blessed lives, and has inspired people to create lives and churches that matter in today’s world. We love you and need you to keep that fact in the center of your hearts and minds.

Although none of us has all the resources we need to do what we dream of doing, just for today we can be thankful for the resources we have and the people we work with, who give so much of themselves. Stressful economic times have a way of frustrating us. When we remember that MCC started in someone’s home with $3.12 USD, we know that God is a Provider. If we limit God’s power to our financial resources, we will always feel discouraged. God is greater than our limitations. God’s abundance is promised to us!

The Holy One who raised Jesus from the dead lives in us today! Jesus’ resurrection is the source of our hope, for the present and the future. As we are raised up as a people, as a movement in the world, whose hallmark is love, liberation, justice and hope, we know that it is the presence of the Living Christ in our ministries and churches that is worth giving our lives to, every day.

As we reflect in solidarity this week with our brothers and sisters in Uganda, who long for human rights, freedom to be who they are, and spiritual community, we are humbly blessed! As we pray in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Philippines, who have been faithful to MCC for decades, and who are now in a time of unprecedented growth, our anchor of ministry in Asia, we are in awe of God’s grace! As we contemplate what it means for us to hear God’s prophetic word of comfort and hope in our own language, we celebrate this week in solidarity with those in Russia, and Russian-speaking countries who need our Russian language resource on homosexuality and the Bible, and human rights, today!

May Easter this year be more than the culmination of Lent and Holy Week. May it be an outpouring of passion for our mission that moves us to a new Pentecost — Pentecost for every new person who walks through the doors this Easter, for every new MCC church being imagined this week, for every expression of radical inclusivity that is on its way. . .

Happy Easter, MCC!

Nancy

MCC represented at The White House Easter Prayer Breakfast

MCC was well represented at this week’s Easter Prayer Breakfast hosted by U. S. President Barack Obama. The breakfast was held at The White House in observance of Holy Week, with 130 clergy and denominational heads present.

 

White House 2011 Easter Prayer Breakfast

In attendance were, from left to right, Bishop Yvette Flunder, Senior Pastor of City of Refuge UCC in San Francisco, California, who is also MCC clergy; Rev. Harry Knox, Senior Pastor of Resurrection MCC in Houston, Texas; and Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Moderator of MCC.d

Additional pictures are posted on MCC’s Facebook page. Click here to see them, and below are a couple links to The White House website:

Introduction by President Obama, opening prayer by Bishop Vashti McKenzie

(If you look closely, you can see our Moderator on the Right side of the screen during crowd shots at 1:11-1:14 and 5:59-6:09 in this video.)

Transcript of President Obama’s remarks

 

Making the Impact!
Easter Message from the Moderator
MCC represented at The White House
Earth Day (22 April 2011)
Upcoming MCC Events

Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green

EarthDay1970
22 April 2011

 

This year, Earth Day’s theme is themed after A Billion Acts of Green: a people-powered campaign to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy before Rio +20. You can find out more here.

 

Upcoming MCC Events 

Loving Ourselves Into Liberation

19-21 May 2011

PAD Conference

 

 

27-30 July 2011

Young Adult Retreat

 

Diana Butler Bass

12-14 September 2011

OFLD Clergy Retreat

with Diana Butler Bass

 

For a full listing of 2011 MCC events, click here.

 

MCC Eastern US Network Gathering – May 2011 – RSVP NOW!

BUILDING AND SUSTAINING OUR CONNECTIONS
Eastern US Network Gathering
May 6-7, 2011

MCC Richmond

2501 Park Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23220
1-804-353-9477

Special guests

Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson and Rev. Elder Diane Fisher

 

Registration

The fee is $20 USD. This covers all workshop materials, lunch on Saturday and snacks both days. Payable at the door via check or cash. Payable in advance via check made out and mailed to MCC Richmond (please note “Network Gathering”).  Send check to:

2501 Park Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23220

 

Program

Friday, May 6

6:00 – 8:00pm  Welcome and Registration (Optional dinner; see below)

8:30pm  Worship, with Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson preaching

 

Saturday, May 7

9:00 – 10:15am  First Workshop Session *

10:30 – 12noon  “How Are We Doing? An Update on a Changing MCC” – Interactive Discussion with Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson and Rev. Elder Diane Fisher

12:00- 1:00pm  Lunch

1:00 – 2:15pm  Second Workshop Session *

2:30 – 4:00pm  Town Meeting and Closing

*More information on workshops soon: Topics to include uses of social media in ministry, How to connect in Second Life, Theological conversation in your church.

 

Housing

Rooms are available through Richmond Central Inn (part of Holiday Inn), 3207 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23230. Rate is $69 USD + tax, double occupancy; must mention Metropolitan Community Church to get this rate. Phone: 1-804-359-9441. Hotel is in transition, so do not call Holiday Inn to register. Recently refurbished, close to MCC Richmond (short drive, also easily accessible off I-95).

 

Special Offer

Friday dinner available, 6-8pm; advance registration required. Pork loin or vegetarian entree with trimmings, dessert, coffee…all for only $10 USD. (Not included in the price of registration.)
Please RSVP no later than April 29 by calling.

Emergence: the Official PAD Conference Newsletter

MCCTM Suggests: Radcliffe Gender Conference – Save the Date – March 2011

Driving Change, Shaping Lives: Gender in the Developing World - March 3-4, 2011 - This conference will bring leading experts together  to explore the complex roles of gender in the developing world.  Registration to open in January 2011.  click to visit Radcliffe and learn more.