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Moderator Nominating Committee Alternates for General Conference 2016

The MCC Governing Board has appointed Beulah Durrheim (South Africa) and Stuart Sutherland (Australia) as Alternates to the Moderator Nominating Committee (MNC). They will serve dual roles as MNC alternates and as Committee aides. Should circumstances arise that do not allow one or more of the MNC members to fulfill their roles through General Conference XXVI in 2016, one or both would be appointed to serve those terms. Additionally, they will participate in the processes and decisions of the MNC, having voice and no vote.
We are pleased to introduce the alternates to the Moderator Nominating Committee: Beulah Durrheim (South Africa) and Stuart Sutherland (Australia) 

Beulah Durrheim PIC

Beulah Durrheim is currently the Pastoral Leader at Good Hope MCC in Cape Town, South Africa, a position she has held since September 2012. She also serves as the Spiritual Director for Africa Upper Room Ministries, as well as managing staff meetings in the Western Cape.

Prior to this, she has served as a Pastor in two Methodist churches for a period of 10 years. She has participated in various pastoral search committees with the task of interviewing and finding replacement pastors. She has been a recent advocate of LGBTI rights, in particular testifying at a variety of meetings within the Methodist church, e.g. Synod (meeting of all the ministers in the Western Cape), youth groups. She has also made herself available to the presiding Bishop to participate/facilitate the conversations regarding same-gender relationships.

She ran her own business, Creative Expressions, where she specialised in facilitating ceremonies, retreats, creating and designing teaching materials, and finding creative ways of facilitating spiritual journeys. It was a spiritual ministry based on the belief that every baby blessing, memorial, wedding, retreat, etc. should be a unique experience, tailored according to the personalities and needs of the client.

She has also volunteered to serve on Chrysalis and Emmaus, inter-denominational spiritual enrichment and training weekends for church leaders. She has served in various leadership roles for 10 years and was elected to be the Community Leader for Chrysalis in the Western Cape from 1999 to 2001. This has included her leading and facilitating team selection committees.

She and her spouse Charmaine were married in 2008, and they have two beautiful cats named Andor and Taishar.

She holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from the University of South Africa.

Stuart Sutherland picStuart Sutherland is currently the Vice Moderator of MCC Good Shepherd in Western Sydney, Australia (MCCGS), where he assists the church in organising fund raising events, leading worship, as Church Representative to local GLBTI Organisations, as MCCGS Representative to local churches, and as MCCGS Legal Representative.

He is a lawyer/solicitor and barrister and has been practising for nearly 14 years.

His job is the Principal Solicitor at Logical Legal Solicitors in Newtown, Australia. His partner Michael helps him run the law firm and works as his executive assistant. He has been helping MCC Sydney and MCC Good Shepherd in Australia with legal advice and governance issues.

He attends the Supreme Court of New South Wales, District and Local Courts of New South Wales, and Federal Circuit Courts. His area of practice involves Corporate Law, Wills, Estates, Powers of Attorney, Guardianship, Family Law, and Mental Health.

He has been active in the LGBT community representing clients in courts and providing legal advice. He has also been active in the past with organising the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras that is held in February/March each year.

He assists Intellectual Disabled people in the community and worked as volunteer solicitor for the Intellectual Disability Rights Service. He has been the President of the Central Coast of New South Wales Blue Light Discos. He was one of the founding law firms on the National Pro Bono Scheme of Australia.

Stuart holds a Master of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, and a Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He has been a part-time lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. He plans to finish a Juris Doctor at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Stuart lives in Granville, Australia, with his partner Michael and their 8-year-old cross maltese/shiatsu, “Fido”, and their foster dog, a 3-year-old miniature poodle, “Barney.”

Stuart and Beulah will join MNC members: Elisa Vega-Burns (Chairperson), Rev. Kevin Downer, and Rev. Dr. Lea Brown. Read more on:

Elisa Vega-Burns RevKevinDowner Rev. Dr. Lea Brown
Elisa Vega-Burns, Chair Rev. Kevin Downer Rev. Dr. Lea Brown


You will hear more in the next couple of months from the Moderator Nominating Committee regarding the process for recruiting and soliciting candidates to stand for election as the next Moderator of MCC at General Conference 2016.

Please join us in welcoming the Beulah Durrheim and Stuart Sutherland!

Reverend Onetta Brooks
Chair, Governance Committee
On behalf of the MCC Governing Board

Webinars to Prepare for General Conference Business Meeting

If you will be voting at General Conference, please make plans to attend all three of these webinars or to watch / listen to the recordings as soon as you are able.  Participants will be able to ask questions in preparation for your church’s congregational forum prior to the General Conference business forum and business meeting.

Section 1

TITLE: UFMCC Bylaw Change Proposals
DESCRIPTION: An opportunity for General Conference delegates to ask questions about the Bylaw change proposals as part of preparing yourself for the General Conference business meeting.  Please download a copy of the “UFMCC BYLAWS PROPOSALS” from
FACILITATORS: Rev Onetta Brooks, Governing Board; and Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, Director, Office of Emerging Ministries
13 June, 7:00pm UTC/GMT (3:00pm U.S. Eastern time)
TITLE: Governing Board Proposals
DESCRIPTION: An opportunity for General Conference delegates to review and ask questions regarding the Proposals being brought forth by the Governing Board and as found in the Governing Board Report.  These proposals include the future tithe assessment rate, appointment and funding of a Global Covenant Team missioned to create a Global Covenant for MCC churches outlining our identity, statement of values and theological commitments and which will serve as our primary document of alignment, and the appointment of Special Task Force to review, renew and update the MCC Statement of Faith.  Please download a copy of the “REPORT OF GB” containing these motions, which can be found at

FACILITATORS: Rev. Tony Freeman and Liz Bisordi, Governing Board

10 June9:00pm UTC/GMT (5:00pm U.S. Eastern time)

Section 3

TITLE: New Strategic Plan and Review of International Task Force (ITF) Proposals
DESCRIPTION: An opportunity for General Conference delegates to review the new Five Year Strategic Plan (2013-2018) and the major proposals from the International Task Force.  Please download a copy of the “ITF REPORT” and the “REPORT OF GB” containing the Strategic Plan from
FACILITATORS: Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis and Kareem Murphy, Governing Board; with Jochen Gewecke, Dr. Carol Scherfenberg, and Dr. Mark Dalgleish, International Task Force Steering Committee
17 June, 9:00pm UTC/GMT (5:00pm U.S. Eastern time)


Join us!


Your Governing Board

Una invitación a jornada de 30 días de ayuno y oración

El Consejo de Obispos y Obispas invitan a los miembros y amigos de ICM a unirse en nuestra jornada 30 Días de Ayuno y Oración iniciando el 1º de Junio.  Mientras nos preparamos a la reunión de la Conferencia General en Chicago el 1º de Julio de 2013.  Sentimos que es importante el orar, ayunar y CREER que durante este tiempo después de Pentecostés, la inspiración del Espíritu Santo estará muy presente con nosotros.


En 2013, la Iglesia Universal se encuentra a sí misma en una situación de disminución de participantes sin precedentes.  Hoy más que nunca, ICM está llamada a ser un nuevo tipo de iglesia en un mundo nuevo.  El Consejo de Obispas y Obispos no tiene ninguna duda de que ICM puede SER ESA IGLESIA y debemos siempre apoyarnos y dejarnos guiar por el poder del Espíritu de Dios.


En ese espíritu, queremos invitarlos a unirse a nosotros en esta jornada durante los próximos 30 días en los siguientes puntos:

  1. Hacer la oración cada día.  Pedir a las personas de sus iglesias que se unan a nosotros.  “Orando sin cesar” para que el Espíritu de Dios se derrame de nuevo sobre ICM mientras nor reunimos alrededor del mundo.
  2. Junto con la misma oración de cada día, queremos pedirles que se unan a una intensión específica cada día.  La lista de cada intensión también se muestra en el enlace.
  3. Determinar cómo podemos ayunar de una forma que podamos enfocarnos a nuestras mejores intenciones y oraciones para presenciar el milagro de la infusión del Espíritu de Dios en nosotros.  Puede que decidan ayunar dejando de comer por cierto tiempo (incluso solo una comida), ayunar de ver televisión, ayunar de salir a comer fuera, ayunar de dejar de comprar, etc.

El Consejo de Obispas y Obispos estará realizando estas tres cosas y creemos que la oración colectiva y las intenciones del pueblo de Dios harán posible el futuro que Dios tiene prefigurado para ICM.


Enlace al Documento: Jornada de 30 Días de ayuno y oración



Consejo de Obispas y Obispos de ICM

Rev. Obispa Dra. Nancy Wilson

Rev. Obispa Lillie Brock

Rev. Obispa Darlene Garner

Rev. Obispo Hector Gutierrez

Rev. Obispo Ken Martin

Rev. Obispa Dra. Mona West