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Our Friends and Allies

Since 1998, the MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies has been a landmark MCC event. While being firmly rooted in the African-American cultural experience, the MCC PAD Conference is for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, or nationality.

The 2011 PAD Conference theme LOVING OURSELVES INTO LIBERATION reflects our commitment to continue our rise from victimhood to victory and to lift others as we climb. To inform and empower us to reach higher heights, workshops and keynote speakers will focus on physical, political, and spiritual health and wholeness. Worship will inspire us to celebrate the fullness of who we are and to embrace the fullness of who God has liberated us to be.

The Chair of the 2011 PAD Conference is Rev. Candy Holmes. The Planning Committee includes conference hosts representing MCC and The Fellowship congregations in the Washington, DC area and volunteers from across the United States. The Human Rights Campaign is also working with us to offer you the largest and most powerful PAD Conference experience to date.

You will not want to miss the 2011 PAD Conference. Register now!

If you would like to volunteer or to receive more information about the 2011 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies, please contact Rev. Candy Holmes at Candynotes@aol.com.

I look forward to seeing you in DC.

In Christ,

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner

MCC PAD Conference Convener

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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

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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.

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Imagination – 24 June 2010

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In This Issue
Shower of Stoles Project

Tips on Tipping
Corpus Christi
Travel Tips
Mexican Currency
Contact Your Bank

TIPS FROM THE CONFERENCE HOSPITALITY TEAM

hotelDon’t forget to read our previous email which contains some excellent tips and suggestions for preparing for the conference, arriving in Acapulco and much more to help you get the most out of the conference.

Check it out by clicking here.

ARE YOU CLERGY? SHOULD YOU BRING VESTMENTS?

We have received many inquiries about whether or not clergy should bring their vestments for conference. Unless you have been contacted by the worship team about participating in any of the worship services, you do not need to bring any clergy vestments.

MEXICAN CURRENCY

gemMexico’s Currency is called the Peso (pronounced pay-sew). Pesos come in both coins and paper bills.

Peso coins come in 1, 2, 5 and 10 Peso denominations.

Anything above 10 Pesos comes in the form of a paper bill in 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Peso denominations.

The current exchange rate between US dollars and Mexican Pesos is 1 US dollar to 12.5 Mexican Pesos. Here is a simple chart to help you determine how much a peso is worth when compared to US dollars.

1

Peso             –      8 cents


2 Pesos

16 cents

5 Pesos

– 40 cents

10 Pesos

80 cents
20 Pesos

– $1.60
50 Pesos

$4.00
100 Pesos

$8.00
200 Pesos

– $16.00
500 Pesos

$40.00


To figure out the US dollar equivalent of any amount in Mexican Pesos, simply divide the price in Pesos by 12.5 for an approximate rate. For an up to the minute exchange rate of Pesos against any country’s currency, go to http://www.xe.com/. You can use their foreign exchange calculator to company any amount.

MCC ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

As part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Metropolitan Community Churches, we launched the In Our Own Words web site which includes YOUR Oral Histories!

We invite you to participate in this historical project documenting the amazing impact of MCC over the past four decades. Your oral history will be taken and recorded by MCC staff member Angel Collie or a team of volunteers. The interviews will then be transcribed and some posted live on In Our Own Words. We will be limited in the number of interviews we can complete on-site during Conference, so please sign-up. Check with the Conference Registration desk to schedule your oral history interview.

HAVE YOU CONTACTED YOUR BANK & CREDIT CARD COMPANY?

voluIt is always a good idea to call your bank and your credit card company to let them know that you will be traveling outside your country of residence and noting down the international telephone numbers to call in case you should have trouble with your transactions. You should also ask if they charge any fees for using your cards in other countries so that you are not surprised by unexpected fees upon returning home.

Tip: some credit card companies will charge a fee per international transaction. If you charge all your hotel expenses such as meals or other expenses, and pay at then end of your stay, your credit card will only incur one transaction fee instead of multiple transaction fees.

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SHOWER OF STOLES PROJECT

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affinityDear MCC friends,

We at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force are thrilled that we’ll be able to be with you in Acapulco and have a chance to share with you the Shower of Stoles Project. The Project is an extraordinary collection of over one thousand liturgical stoles representing the lives of LGBT people of faith. These religious leaders have served in almost forty denominations and faith traditions, and come from six countries on three continents. This collection celebrates the gifts of LGBT persons who serve God in countless ways, while also lifting up those who have been excluded from service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Project bears witness to the huge loss of leadership that the Church has brought upon itself because of its own unjust policies. The collection tours constantly around the country, being exhibited in local congregations, universities and seminaries, and regional and national denominational gatherings.

So here’s how you fit in…

We have only a small handful of stoles in the collection from MCC folks. MCC has served as such a vital place of refuge for countless people of faith since your founding over forty years ago. We need to share your stories! The collection is not limited to those who have been ordained, or those who have lost their ordinations. Any LGBT person who is active in the life and leadership of their faith community – in any capacity – is eligible to have a stole in this collection. If you or someone you know is an LGBT religious leader, regardless of whether you have been driven from the Church or fully embraced by it, we would be deeply honored and grateful to accept a stole (named or anonymous) and add your story to this Great Cloud of Witnesses.

Please consider bringing a stole with you to General Conference.  In addition, please write one to two paragraphs telling us your story. If you won’t be attending General Conference but would like to donate a stole, please email me at David@WelcomingResources.org. For further information on how to donate a stole, visit www.WelcomingResources.org/sospstole.htm.

I and my colleagues Rev. Rebecca Voelkel and Barbara Satin are so looking forward to spending time with you in Acapulco!

Pax,
David Lohman
Faith Work Coordinator
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Institute for Welcoming Resources

TIPS ON TIPPING

soulforceTipping for services varies greatly from country to country. Of course, it all depends on the quality of service you receive and how satisfied you are by the convenience. In Mexico, here are some common practices when it comes to tipping.

Airport Baggage Handlers: Baggage handlers at airports are not paid a salary and work only for tips. Because the airport does not hire these individuals, use caution when soliciting assistance. A typical tip for baggage handlers is about 20 pesos per bag or  US $2.00.

Airport shuttles or taxis: It is not necessary to tip either the airport shuttle drivers or taxi cab drivers. The fees charged at the airport are slightly higher than the street rates and already include a tip for the service.

Hotel Bell Staff: Even though the service is included in your hotel rate, the bell staff do not always receive the entire amount that is added to your rate. A typical tip to the bell staff for delivering your bags to your room is 20 pesos, which is approximately US $1.60, per bag.

Hotel Room Maid: Just like the Bell Staff, service

is included in your hotel rate however the maid doesn’t always receive the entire amount either. A

typical tip to the maid for cleaning your room is 50 pesos at the end of your stay, which is approximately US $4.00. Some people prefer to leave anywhere from 10 to 20 pesos each day since different people will clean your room daily. Tipping the maid is not necessary however and it is entirely up to you.

Restaurants and Bars: In Mexico, it is customary to tip your server at a bar or restaurant 10% of the total bill. If the service is excellent then up to 15% is pretty common.

Grocery/Department Store bagging clerks: Grocery stores and department stores such as WalMart hire individuals to help bag your purchases at the check-out lanes. Even though these workers are contracted by the store, they are not paid employees and rely on tips to make a living. It is customary to tip them anywhere from 5 to 10 pesos (40 to 80 cents) or simply give them some loose change. Often times they will help you carry groceries to your car too.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY TO BE SURE TO SEE THE SHOW IN ACAPULCO

corpuscorpusSince we are only scheduled to perform one show at the conference on Thursday, July 1 at 9:00pm, we are asking to get a head count for reservations since seating is limited and seats are filling up fast!  If you know that you and/or members of your congregation want to attend, please email us at brandon@108productions.org with your name, MCC church, and number of reservations you’d like us to hold for you. This is the only way you can actually reserve a seat.  Reserved seats will be seated first.  We do expect to fill up completely so we will slightly overbook to provide for those who do not show which means you want to be sure to get your seat early that night.

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Metropolitan Community Churches 24th General Conference Happening in Acapulco, Mexico, June 28 – July 2, 2010

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Metropolitan Community Churches

23 June 2010 METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCHES HOLDS ITS 24TH GENERAL CONFERENCE IN ACAPULCO, MEXICO, JUNE 28 – JULY 2

Abilene, Texas, June 23, 2010 – Metropolitan Community Churches’ (MCC) global conference will take place from June 28 through July 2, 2010 in Acapulco, Mexico. Since its founding in 1968, MCC has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing important issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and other forms of oppression.  MCC has been on the forefront in the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide and continues to be a powerful voice in the LGBT equality movement.

MCC’s ministry reaches more than 43,000 members in 22 countries around the world. This marks MCC’s first Global Conference in Latin America and the denomination anticipates more than 900 attendees. Participants in the conference will take part in daily worship services, workshops, plenary sessions, networking opportunities and more. Some of the highlights of the conference will include internationally recognized speakers, leaders and performers such as:
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  • Popular Christian Recording and Performing Artist Ray Boltz. Ray Boltz has dedicated more than fifteen years to music and ministry. Through these years he has captured the attention of the CCM Industry by garnering three Dove Awards, two gold albums, a gold video, and twelve number one singles. He has also sold more than four million units of product. Through all this time and these accomplishments Ray’s vision for his ministry still remains the same…to produce and perform music that allows listeners and audiences to see Jesus. In September 2008, Ray Boltz came out nationally as a gay man.
  • In March 2009, West Point graduate and Iraq War veteran, Lt. Dan Choi, announced that he was a gay man on The Rachel Maddow Show. Despite his extreme value as an Arabic speaker able to communicate quickly and clearly with the Iraqi people, one month after his announcement, Lt. Choi was notified that the US Army had begun discharge proceedings against him because of its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
  • Notable author, speaker and pastor, Brian D. McLaren will participate in a plenary via a videoconference during the conference.  Brian D. McLaren is a frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs. He has appeared on many broadcasts including Larry King Live, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and Nightline. His work has also been covered in TIME (where he was listed as one of American’s 25 most influential evangelicals), Christianity Today, Christian Century, the Washington Post, and many other print media.

This year’s conference will also be a momentous occasion as it welcomes, The Fellowship. The Fellowship is a multi-denominational group of primarily African American Christian leaders and laity representing churches and faith-based organizations from the USA, Africa, and Mexico. These churches range from ultra-conservative backgrounds to more liberal, independent churches.

Metropolitan Community Churches, founded in 1968, is a human-rights movement and ministry operating as a Christian denomination in 22 countries around the world. MCC is an international advocate for vulnerable people in places where religious orthodoxy, sexism, and homophobia can result in violence and death. MCC’s promise is stated in its tagline “Tearing Down Walls, Building Up Hope.” For more information about MCC visit http://www.MCCchurch.org.

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 Structure Bylaw Amendments and Strategic Plan Report

  Now to the One who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us, to that One be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”       Ephesians 3: 20-21.

Structure Bylaw Amendments
from Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, Vice-Moderator, Metropolitan Community churches


Attention Clergy and Lay Delegates:
 
The agenda for the General Conference business meeting on 29 June 2010 includes consideration of the structure proposal and 37 related Bylaw amendment proposals. We want to let everyone know now how that part of the business meeting will happen.
 
The Bylaw amendments have been grouped together according to subject area. Organizing the amendments in this way will allow us to consider at one time all of the amendments related to each subject area. The subject areas are:

  • Governing Board and Governing Board Nominating Committee
  • Moderator   
  • Elders and Council of Elders   
  • General Conference
  • Regions, Regional Conferences, and Geographic Review Board
  • Lay Ministry Council
  • Clergy Credentialing and Judiciary
  • Procedures for Submitting Bylaw Proposals

Click here to see and download the proposed Bylaw amendments, organized by subject area.
 
Click here to see and download the process that we will follow to consider the proposed amendments.
 
Please download, print, and carry with you to General Conference all of the business meeting documents and the structure proposal.
 
We look forward to seeing you soon in Acapulco!
 
Peace,
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner


Strategic Plan Report
from Strategic Plan Review Team

Attention Clergy and Lay Delegates:
 
In 2007 at our General Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, USA, the Board of Elders offered a thorough report on the progress that had been made against the priorities set forth in our Strategic Plan and offered some goals for continuing the work around those priorities.

Without a doubt, this document has served to provide focus, accountability and grounding as we have moved forward in Tearing Down Walls and Building Up Hope.
 
The Strategic Plan was originally adopted in 2005 and was slated for review after five years.  That review began in 2009 with a Strategic Plan Review Team appointed by the Board of Elders.  The report on the results of that Strategic Plan Review is posted on the General Conference Business Meeting web page, and we encourage you to download and read the report prior to General Conference in Acapulco.  This report will be presented in summary form at the business meeting.

“Your global church!”

For Additional Information, Contact: 
Kathy Beasley, Communications Director
Metropolitan Community Churches
P.O. Box 1374 Abilene, TX (USA) 79604
Email: Kathy Beasley

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Dear Clergy and Lay Delegates:

 

The General Conference business meeting will be held on Tuesday, 29 June 2010, iRev. Elder Nancy Wilsonn Acapulco, Mexico. In preparation for the General Conference Business meeting, the business meeting packet is now available for download.  Given that General Conference is a “Green” event, we are inviting all delegates to help with this effort by  bringing your own copy of the packet for review during the meeting.  Thus, we will have only a limited number of copies available on site in Acalpulco. The business meeting packet includes the following documents:  

 

MCC Business Meeting Agenda

MCC Procedures Manual

MCC Board of Administration Chair Report (BOA)

MCC Board of Pensions Report (BOP)

MCC Elders Nominating Committee Report (ENC)

MCC Lay Ministry Council Report (LMC)

MCC Lay Delegate Manual

 

Click here to view and download each of the above listed documents. 

 

In addition, by the 1st of June, you will receive the Moderator’s Report, information on the candidates for the Governing Board, and an updated plan for implementing the proposed structure. 

 

IMAGINE A NEW STRUCTURE FOR MCC:

Revised Structure Proposal Now Available

 

We hear the words of David, who was humbled as he prayed,

“Who am I, O God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?”

  (1 Chronicles 17:16)

 

Metropolitan Community Church has a unique place in church history as a prophetic innovation and a dynamic reformation. We truly have an “unfinished calling in an unfinished world.” Our mission of “tearing down walls and building up hope” is as needed, real, and relevant as every! Among the families of faith in our world today, MCC is alive, vibrant, changing lives, and challenged to keep up with the demands of the 21st Century. (from the Preamble to Imagine a New Structure for MCC)

 

The 2010 General Conference will have the opportunity to consider how we will structure our denominational movement so that we can face the exciting challenges ahead more effectively and efficiently. An initial draft of the structure proposal was published in February 2010. Almost 900 people from all parts of MCC provided feedback to the initial draft.  The Board of Elders, Board of Administration, and Structure Review Team has now considered all of the feedback and issued a revised structure proposal. The revised proposal is now available for your review and to download at www.structurereview.mccchurch.org.

 

The detailed proposals are presented and explained in several related documents, beginning with the Preamble and followed by:

 

1.       Overview of the Proposed Structure – Provides explanatory detail for each element of the proposed structural change and refers to the relevant Bylaw amendment proposals and or other actions that would be needed in order to implement the particular element.

2.       Proposed Structure at a Glance – Shows the proposed decision-making authorities and the reporting relationships that would be created.

3.       Bylaw Amendment ProposalsProvides detail on each of the Bylaw amendment proposals that General Conference will be asked to approve in order to implement the proposed changes in the MCC structure. Approval requires a 2/3 affirmative vote by the Lay House and a 2/3 affirmative vote by the Clergy House.

4.       Charter of the Governing Board – Approval requires an affirmative vote by a majority of the Lay House and a majority vote of the Clergy House.

5.       Who Is My Elder? – Shows the differences between the responsibilities that the Elders would have as they provide care and consulting services for churches.

6.       Cost of the Proposed Structure – Provides an overview of the anticipated cost of the proposed structure compared to the cur
rent structure.

 

We look forward to receiving your additional feedback to the proposal and to seeing you at General Conference in Acapulco!

 

Grace and Peace,

 

+ Nancy

 

The Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson

Moderator Metropolitan Community Churches

General Conference
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Due to great response, we are extending the Early Bird rate for conference registration through 10 May!  If you have not registered, do it today and save!

The MCC General Conference Website has it ALL!
 
Click here to to find out the latest news and information on speakers, workshops, leadership development, children’s programs, music, worship and MORE!
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Featured Event! 

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Travel Advisory

 
For U.S. citizens, a valid, U.S. Passport is required to travel to Mexico.
Click here to find more information about obtaining a passport.

 

If
you do not currently have a valid U.S. Passport, it is recommended to begin the application process no later than six months prior to the conference if at all possible.

 

Click here for information about visas for attendees traveling to Mexico from outside the U.S.
 

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Hotel Accommodations

Our home for the 2010 General Conference will be the beautiful Fairmont Acapulco Princess. This award winning resort is located on the Pacific coast of Mexico in A
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pulco
.  Situated on 480 lush, tropical acres, this is one of the premier resorts in the world, encompassing 1017 rooms and suites, two challenging 18-hole golf courses, eight tennis courts, four swimming pools, a variety of restaurants and bars, a fitness center, a children’s center and a willow stream spa.
 
We have secured a great, low rate of US$125 (+tax) per night for up to four people in a room.
 
Room Reservation Update 
 
The Fairmont Acapulco Princess hotel, the site of all General Conference activities, has revised its required deposit for hotel room bookings.  As of today, the hotel will only require a one night deposit to reserve a room.  We are grateful to the Fairmont Acapulco Hotel for accommodating our guests and hope this change will allow you to consider reserving your room early.  Visit the website for more information!

Call to reserve your room now!  To reserve your room call 1 (800) 441-1414 (from the US or Canada) or (506) 863-6301.  Be sure to mention our group name UFMCC 2010 General Conference to lock in our group rate.

 
 

Be sure to check out the featured event section of upcoming editions of

imagination where you will find up to the moment inside information about other institutes, events, worship and special guests as the details become available! 

On behalf of the MCC General Conference 2010 planning team, please pray and hold the vision for this conference with us as we join our hearts and spirits together in the work of preparation that will only be complete when we gather together in Acapulco to imagine!

 
See you there! 
 

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With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. (Eph. 3:20)

 

 

November is General Conference Month!

We are very excited about the upcoming General Conference happening 28 June to 2 July 2010 in Acapulco, Mexico. We want to make sure that word gets out about this exciting week-long event where you will have an opportunity to connect with MCC’s global network of churches, members, friends, allies and partners. Throughout the month of November we will be asking our local churches to help us promote this event and we will be announcing exciting new promotions to help you make it to Acapulco. Be sure to look out for these promotions throughout November. 
 
Visit our website to find out more about General Conference.
http://GeneralConference.MCCchurch.org 

 

Register for General Conference in the month of November and register to WIN FREE AIR TRAVEL TO ACAPULCO!

In celebration of November being General Conference 2010 Month, anyone who registers for conference during the month of November will be entered to win a free ticket to Acapulco for General Conference. Click Here to find out more about the conference and to register to win.
 

Registration News & Information 

Register Early and Save!

We are excited to be able to offer several payment options for General Conference Registration.  Early registration pricing is lower and we encourage participants to reduce their total conference costs by taking advantage of the early registration options.
 
The registration options are described below. As you review them, please make special note of the associated dates as some of the options are available for only a limited time.
 
New Monthly Payment Plan!
 
Back by popular demand!  We have decided to bring back the highly requested Installment Payment Plan in order to provide you with affordable monthly payments for over a period of eight months.  
 
The 8-month payment plan, beginning in
November 2009, will offer a monthly installment payment of $56.25 USD.  An initial payment will be required to set up the payment plan.  The initial payment of $56.25 USD should be made on or before 30 November 2009 to qualify for the plan.  Each payment will be due the last day of each month with the final payment due 30 June 2010. 
 
Visit www.regonline.com/gc2010pp8  for more information or to register.

 

Save 30%

 
 

Register Early and Save 30% off Registration
 

Early Bird Registration is NOW OPEN and can save you 30% off the cost of your conference registration.  We have created a sliding scale rate based on World Council of Churches pricing. Please see the rate chart on our General Conference website for applicable fees

CLICK HERE. 

Offer Expires: The Early Bird Rate expires 30 April 2010, so be sure to register early! 

 
Free Registration! – Yes, Free Registration!
 

We are also introducing an incentive program to help your church reduce its costs. 

 

For every 10 individuals registered from one church your 11th registrant will be free. More information on this incentive program is available on the General Conference Website at http://generalconference.mccchurch.org.  

 

The Fellowship

The Fellowship and Bishop Yvette Flunder will not be holding their own annual conference, and instead, will confer with us by joining in on our activities, workshops, worship and so much more. We will have a special plenary, “IMAGINING PARTNERSHIP,” in which we explore the emerging relationship between MCC and the Fellowship on a local and global level.  Click Here to read the complete letter from Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson.
 

PLANNING TO ARRIVE EARLY?
 
Plan to come to Acapulco early and take advantage of the pre-conference institutes, workshops and learning opportunities.
 
General Conference 2010 will feature the following pre-conference activities:

 

Interim Pastor Training

The successful growth and development of our churches depends on a foundation of effective leadership strategies laid during times of transition. Key strategies include: the ability to block and eliminate unhealthy attitudes and behaviors in our churches; the establishment and support healthy relational behaviors and decision making; the education of congregations in the development of healthy practices around change, conflict management, and communication. That is the ministry of the Intentional Interim Pastor. Click here for more information.
 

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We will be offering CLM training during General Conference’s pre-conference time. Creating a Life that Matters is all about relationships: intentional, authentic relationships – with the Sacred, our Self, and our Passion.  CLM transforms lives and inspires people to more directed, clear, passionate involvement in their life and in the life of the planet, through the support of their local MCC.  If you are interested in being trained as a CLM facilitator, then please plan on coming early and taking part in this training session. 
 
Certification is required to teach the CLM Program in a local church/community and participants who attend one of these sessions and demonstrate competency in facilitation of the curriculum will receive certification to teach this transformational course.

 
CLM Training will take place 23-26 June 2010. More information coming soon, check your email or visit our website for more information. http://generalconference.mccchurch.net

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Arrive Early & Attend the Pre-Conference Institutes! 

 
Diana Butler Bass
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This General Conference will open with a pre-conference clergy/lay leader institute featuring Diana Butler Bass.  On 27 June she will share with MCC clergy and lay leaders the ways in which intentional spiritual practice can transform the lives of progressive Christian congregations. 

 

Diana is the author of seven books including A People’s History of Christianity: the Other Side of the Story (Harper One, 2009). Her best-selling Christianity for the Rest of Us (2006) was named as one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly and Christian Century, won the Book of the Year Award from the Academy of Parish Clergy.  She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and regularly consults with religious organizations, leads conferences for religious leaders, and teaches and preaches in a variety of venues.  This free, one-day institute will include a plenary and discussion session with Dr. Butler Bass.

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Creating a Life that Matters/Training the Trainer Course 26-29 October in Dallas, Texas (US)

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Creating a Life that Matters
 
Training the Trainer Course
  26 – 29 October


Creating a Life that Matters is all about relationships: intentional, authentic relationships – with the Sacred, our Self, and our Passion.  CLM transforms lives and inspires people to more directed, clear, passionate involvement in their life and in the life of the planet, through the support of their local MCC. 


In their own words…: 

 
One participant said of this class, “Nothing has shaped my understanding of God in such a profound way in a very long time.”


Telling it like it is…

At last!

 

One pastor said, “I’ve looked at curriculum from other denominations and nothing I can find compares to the content or the price!” 


Registration is now open!
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Creating a Life that Matters – Extraordinary transformation in the lives of ordinary people.  Register today!


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Creating a Life that Matters Training the Trainer Course


When: 26 – 29 October 2009


Where: Dallas, TX (US)


WhoYOU who are gifted to teach / facilitate and have a passion for spiritual formation and growth


Why: So that the people of MCC can grow spiritually and find their place of service in the church!


For more information about CLM, please click here! 


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