Lift Your Voice for Marriage Equality
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 .
Post-Election Panel Discussion
The Next Chapter in LGBT Justice:
A Faith Perspective
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7pm
U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
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)
Rev. Cedric Harmon (Co-Director, Many Voices)
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.
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:
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:
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
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.
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
2501 Park Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson and Rev. Elder Diane Fisher
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
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.
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).
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.