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Save the Date: 23 July 2012 – AIDS CONFERENCE CONCERT!

Video for International Day Against Homophobia {9 languages}

English @ http://vimeo.com/41191271   or http://youtu.be/qpBRD9Q5dm0

In Spanish @ http://vimeo.com/41429156   or http://youtu.be/b7dnVbWTrNc

In French @ http://vimeo.com/41191281   or http://youtu.be/6bb5k7UCEi4

In Italian @ http://vimeo.com/41768568 or http://youtu.be/wI32P78Dt18

In Russian @ http://vimeo.com/41912894

In Hungarian @ http://youtu.be/_Andb1HVZ7w

In Hebrew @http://youtu.be/oEnhEfhX0jE

In Portuguese @ http://youtu.be/bGPKN7to__I

In Serbian/Montenegrian @ http://youtu.be/V_5E27FeKfE

Office of the High Commissioner/United Nations on LGBT Rights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-_kzl-_mrg&feature=youtu.be

A Call to Prayer and Action for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia {IDAHO}

  • A Call to Prayer and Action

for

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia {IDAHO}

May 17, 2012

 

Each year on May 17th people around the globe together lift their voices in calling for respect and equality for LGBTI people.

 

Initiated in 2004 by the French academic, Louis-Georges Tin, the date coincides with the 1990 removal of homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organization, and has grown to include participants in over 70 nations.  The Parliament of the European Union and the governments of Spain, Belgium, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, France, Luxemburg and Brazil officially commemorate the day.

 

This year in the Philippines there will be a march to the Commission of Human Rights to present a list of those who have fallen victim to hate crimes, and MCC of Quezon City will sponsor the 3rd annual Flores de Mayo LGBT Pride March in Manila.

 

  • In Morocco, Gay Maroc, an LGBT organization, will launch a national campaign to repeal Article 489, which criminalizes same sex relationships.
  • In New South Wales PFLAG will host a day commemorating the families of LGBT people.
  • In China, Hong Kong and Taiwan an IDAHO lesson kit will be distributed and a SAFE ZONE program to create friendly campuses for LGBT students will be initiated.
  • In Kenya, Women Working with Women will host a sports tournament between LGBT teams and allies.

 

Many will march, demonstrate and speak out for an end to violence and in promotion of peaceful coexistence among diverse populations, calling for unity and equality.

 

This year the Global Justice Institute, a joint ministry of Metropolitan Community Churches and The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, is calling all our churches and communities of faith to observe IDAHO by hosting a Prayer Vigil that day or designating the Sunday before or after May 17th as IDAHO SUNDAY.

 

Together MCC and TFAM have congregations and groups in over 40 countries and we can be a powerful and prayerful voice for ending criminalization laws and promoting social, political and religious policies that guarantee equality for  God’s LGBTI children.

 

An on-line video about IDAHO, suitable for educational purposes is available in English {http://player.vimeo.com/video/41191271}, in Spanish {http://vimeo.com/41429156} and in French {http://player.vimeo.com/video/41191281}. — In addition to the video, a resources for liturgical use follow this letter.

 

Together, we can make May 17th and the Sundays surrounding it days when the voices of LGBT people and our allies around the globe are lifted in praise for the gift of our lives and in petition for the day when the earth will be at peace with its own diversity.

 

In solidarity,

The Rev. Pat Bumgardner                                                               The Rev. Joseph Tolton
Executive Director                                                                             Director of African Affairs
Global Justice Institute                                                                     Global Justice Institute
Metropolitan Community Churches                                              The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries

 

 

RESOURCES FOR PRAYER VIGILS AND SUNDAY SERVICES

 

Scriptural Texts:                                                                   Isaiah 56: 1-8    A House of Prayer for All People
                                                                                                        Micah 6:8          What does God ask of us?  Only this….
                                                                                                        Joel 2:12-14      Come back to me with all your heart….
                                                                                                       Amos 5:24         Let justice flow like a mighty stream….
                                                                                                       Esther 4:12-14  For such a time as this….
                                                                                                       Psalm 89:14      Righteousness and justice support your throne
                                                                                                       Matthew 8:5-13  Healing of the gay soldier’s lover
                                                                                                       Matthew 10:1-15  Jesus commission’s the disciples; it will go better for 
                                                                                                                                      Sodom and Gomorrah than for those who did not receive you.

 

Hymns:                                                                                    Caridad y Comprension                                      Let There be Peace on Earth
                                                                                                     Coming to Our Own                                             Lift Every Voice and Sing
                                                                                                     Come Let Us Dream                                             O Freedom
                                                                                                     Bring Many Names                                              Once to Every One and Nation
                                                                                                     Go Ye Therefore                                                    Pueblo Libre
                                                                                                     Dona Nobis Pacem                                              The Voice of God is Calling
                                                                                                     Every Time I Feel the Spirit                               This Little Light of Mine
                                                                                                     For the Healing of the Nations                          We Shall Overcome
                                                                                                     God Make Me a Means of Your Peace             We’ve Come This Far by Faith
                                                                                                     I Have Decided to Follow Jesus                        When Israel was in Egypt Land
                                                                                                    In Christ there is no East or West                      You’ve Got the Whole World

 

Prayer:                                 O God,
                                                Today we join our voices with those of LGBT people and our allies
                                                around the globe
                                                in both thanking you for the diversity of creation
                                                and praying for the safety and protection of all life.
                                                You know the many Pharoahs we face as a people ~
                                                                LGBT people in Russia dare not speak a word of affirmation without fear
                                                                of imprisonment;
                                                                our people in Uganda live under the pending threat of a law that would
                                                                put them to death.
                                                                {Here in …. *insert your local situation.}
                                                Long ago, You spoke to Oppressors everywhere with the call to “Let my people go.”
                                                Help us today to find ways to make that call ring in the ears of religious and social and
                                                political leaders everywhere.
                                                Help us to take that call to heart ourselves, so that every word we speak, every deed
                                                we do might be of use to You and Your plan for all creation coming to know
                                                the glorious freedom of the Children of God.
                                                We make this prayer trusting in the name and the vision of Jesus the Christ.  +Amen                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 EASTER OFFERING FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE

2012 Easter Sunday Prayer
authored by The Rev. Dr. Nancy L. Wilson
Moderator
Metropolitan Community Churches

 

God of Resurrection Power:

Just as You called Mary’s name that first Easter morning,
we know You are calling our name today,
calling us to be Your resurrection presence in a work
that is sometimes overwhelmed with death, despair and hopelessness.

We are being called, in this season,
to give birth to a new era of doing justice,
of speaking up,
of offering solidarity,
of being Your hands, eyes, ears, and heart
to a world where so many still have no justice,
no safety,
no place to worship,
no place to be who they are.

God, We Pray:

Use our gifts and our prayers, today,
to bless the Global Justice Institute.

We thank You for the vision of MCCers
who have led the way
and made this day possible.

We thank You for our sisters and brothers in The Fellowship
who join us in this bold new venture, that is not truly new,
but an evolution and continuation
of all that You have done through us
from the beginning.

Jesus, We Pray:

Help us connect
with all who stand in need of healing, help, and hope.

Help us to be
ever vigilant, faithful and generous.

Thank You for all the ways
in which You have already raised us up and
help us to be the people You created us to be,
for Your great purpose of love.

Holy Spirit, We Pray:

In the clamor and din of a noisy, hectic world,
help us to hear Your voice this Easter morning,
and to respond with all our hearts, as one!

This We Pray:

 In the Name of the Risen One,
Alleluia and Amen.

________________________________________ 

Easter Sunday Offertory Sentences
authored by
The Rev. Jim Birkitt
________________________________________

Offertory Sentence One

Our giving reflects our commitment to justice and peace. May our generosity this day bless the Global Justice Institute so that peoples of the earth, wherever they may be oppressed, persecuted or divided, will come to know freedom, liberation and unity, through the gracious rule of the Risen Redeemer, who reigns with the almighty and everlasting God and the Holy Spirit, one God, both now and forever.

Offertory Sentence Two
Our giving is an act of worship. Therefore, let us hear the words of the Psalmist, who declared, “Give to God the honor due unto God’s Name; bring offerings and come into God’s presence.” (Psalm 96:8)

Offertory Sentence Three
As we follow the Risen Jesus on the journey of justice, hear Jesus’ words to from the Gospel of John, chapter 14, verse 12, “I tell you this truth: Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am returning to Creator God.”

Offertory Sentence Four
As we give boldly and with generous hearts, know that we are forever an Easter people — the Risen Jesus is the center of our faith, the Resurrection is our hope, love is our motivation, peace is our desire, justice is our passion  — and Alleluia is our song!

 

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

Global Justice Institute Executive Director Rev. Pat Bumgardner Interview: December 17, 2011

Listen to the Rev. Pat Bumgardner, click on the link to view video.

Global Justice Institute Executive Director Rev. Pat Bumgardner Interview: December 17, 2011

Global Justice Institute Executive Director Rev. Pat Bumgardner Interview: December 17, 2011

Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Executive Director and Board Chair of the Global Justice Institute, a nonprofit international human rights group, on the Obama administration’s new and unprecedented efforts to address the on-the-ground reality of daily life for oppressed sexual minorities in many parts of the world. She is also Senior Pastor at Metropolitan Community Church of New York. Learn more about the Global Justice Institute here:http://mccny.org/wordpress/resources/global-justice-institute/

To download this audio, click here:http://stateofbelief.com/audiofiles/State_of_Belief_121711_Pat_Bumgardner.mp3

To read the transcript, click here:http://stateofbelief.com/component/content/article/369

Listen to the entire December 17th, 2011 State of Belief Radio program here:http://stateofbelief.com/show-archive/368-december-17-2011

Hear Rev. Pat Bumgardner’s previous appearance on State of Belief Radio here: http://stateofbelief.com/show-archive/266-december-25-2010

Share your thoughts on this topic on our Facebook page here:http://www.facebook.com/StateofBelief

Christmas 2011

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

MCC Leaders Respond to Resignation of the Rev. Mark Bidwell

 

From the Office of the Moderator
Metropolitan Community Churches
For Immediate Release: 29 September 2011

Metropolitan Community Church Leaders Respond to
Resignation of the Rev. Mark Bidwell

Top leaders of the Metropolitan Community Church expressed shock and sadness about recent events that the Rev. Mark Bidwell was in the company of Mr. Steven Fitch when Mr. Fitch apparently died of a drug overdose.  Details of the September 21 events came to attention through a police report that became public on September 27.

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Church, said, “We are deeply saddened whenever drug addiction impacts an individual or a community.  No community across this country is immune from the scourge of illegal drugs, but when it hits close to home, we are reminded of the commitment we have to teach people about the harms of drug abuse and to be a place of spiritual healing for those who are recovering.”

Ms. Jackie Walker, member of MCC Detroit, said, “MCC national and local leaders are responding in every responsible and appropriate way to learn what happened and to care for the congregation.  Our Elders are working with the church board and members and are offering assistance and pastoral care.”

Church officials received notice late on September 27 that Pastor Bidwell was with Mr. Fitch on September 21 when illegal drugs were allegedly in use.  In less than a day, Rev. Bidwell was suspended from duties until all the facts could be ascertained.  Rev. Bidwell has since resigned as pastor of MCC Detroit.

Rev. Wilson said, “MCC Detroit’s forty-year ministry is extraordinary.  We have asked our whole denomination and partners in faith to pray for this congregation as they deal with the shock and pain from these events.  We know that God is with them and will be with them as they face this crisis with courage and faith.”

Press Contact:
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator
Metropolitan Community Churches