Global Emerging Churches in 2014
(Listed Alphabetically by Nation)
ICM Cariri, Ceará, Brazil
ICM Cabedelo, Cabedelo, Paraíba, Brazil
ICM Casa de Emmaus Chile, Santiago de Chile
Ministerio Apostolico Y Profético Emanuel ICM, Cajicá, Cundinarama, Colombia
ICM Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Comunita Christiana <<Agape>> Firenze – Chiesa della Comunita Metropolitana, Florence, Italy
Internationale Roze Kirk, The Hague, Netherlands
Church in Progress, South Auckland, New Zealand
Open Doors MCC, Seoul, South Korea
The Village MCC, Brighton, United Kingdom
Empowerment Liberation Cathedral, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
Wasatch MCC, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
MCC staff member Rev. Jim Mulcahy shared the pictures and first person accounts below of the Russia and Ukraine regions. He said he regrets not being able to send photos of LGBT Christians and activists. Publishing such images could put them in danger.
The Cathedral of Spilled Blood
St. Petersburg, Russia
When I was in Russia, I was invited to speak to a group at a Coffee House.
They asked me to talk about the state
of religion in Russia and specifically if I saw any signs of hope for LGBT in the Russian Orthodox Church. There were about 30 in attendance and we talked
for four hours.
I spoke of a few signs of hope, especially among younger priests. I told the story
of MCC and the amazing changes that happened because of MCC, in church, in theology, in acceptance of LGBT people.
I assured them that changes will happen in their lifetime as they have in mine.
After the break, a young man said,
“I’m not religious and I don’t ever go to church, but if we had a church like MCC and a priest like you, I would go.”
The Trinity Sergeyeva Monastery
near Moscow, Russia
I was invited to speak to parents of an LGBT non-religious group. The meeting was moderated by a young man who described himself as an atheist. In his introductory remarks, he made it clear
that he wasn’t entirely pleased moderate
a group where the speaker was a priest.
It was a spirited meeting with many questions and a lot of discussion.
At the end of the meeting, the young man said, “I am astonished at how openly you talked with us. Can we go and have a coffee after the meeting?”
We went to a coffee shop and spoke for another hour. His opinion of the possibility of people being LGBT and religious was changed.
A Wooden Village Church
I was invited to preach and celebrate communion with a small group. Before we began, two young men came into our meeting place, not for our service, but to seek information from the center. They decided to stay for worship.
One of the young men began crying when I began preaching and cried through the rest of the service.
I had a chance to speak to him after the service. The day before, I had a friend request on Facebook. It was from this young man who had heard that there was an openly gay priest in their city for a visit. He didn’t think he would have the opportunity to meet me and talk. Was this a coincidence?
Honduras Group Emerges Despite Violence
In Honduras, a country in Central America, an increase in the violence against LGBTQI people is still dramatically high alongside a growing conservative evangelical movement. It is in this context where pastor Bertha Ramírez has been ministering among the community in Tegucigalpa, the country’s capital.
Rev. Ramírez, a former Lutheran pastor, decided to continue serving LGBTQI people when the church did not recognize her ministry. Against all adversity, she began a church for those who were not welcome into other churches. She began to look for alliances and networks. She discovered the late Rev. John Doner, who put her in contact with MCC’s Iberoamerican Network.
It has been more than a year since MCC has been supporting Rev. Ramirez’s prophetic ministry through pastoral support, trainings in the Darlene Garner Institute for Ibero-American Leadership Formation, and other resources as requested.
It is the hope that this group in Honduras will soon be a new emerging church in the region.
Expanding MCC’s Global Reach
The Office of Emerging Ministries continues to work with individuals and groups around the globe that want to explore a new church start or an emerging ministry.
Tearing Down Walls. Building Up Hope.
Houston pastor is former member of U.S. President’s Advisory Council
on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 14, 2010 — Rev. Harry Knox will join such leaders as Rev. Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, Rev. Peg Chemberlin, President of the National Council of Churches, and Dr. Arturo Chávez, President and CEO of Mexican American Catholic College, as well as a representative from Church World Service, in prayer and support of the DREAM Act at Noon on Tuesday in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) provides qualifying undocumented youth with a provisional path to citizenship that requires achieving a college degree or serving two years in the military. The DREAM Act requires that the youth entered the U.S. before the age of 16, has been in the U.S. for at least five years, has no criminal record, and graduated high school or obtained a GED.
Rev. Knox, a past member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is currently the Director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program. Rev. Knox will preach his first sermon as Senior Pastor of Resurrection MCC in Houston, Texas, this Sunday, December 19, 2010.
“We pray today for our neighbors who were not given the privilege of US citizenship by birth, but who are seeking it through hard work, education, and persistence,” says Rev. Knox.
“As their older sisters and brothers, we recognize our responsibility to help them continue their studies or find their way into service of our country – and to guide them as they seek to become citizens of the nation they love and already serve. We can do no less for those who have worked so hard – and for whom God cares so much.
“We pray also for our family members whose opposition to this legislation puts us at odds for a season. We perceive that they are afraid – afraid for their own livelihoods, whether in Houston or in Washington. There is more for us all when we share in thanksgiving, and never enough for any of us when we cravenly hoard the gifts we have received from God.”
Founded in 1972, Resurrection MCC serves more than 850 members and friends and is one of the largest congregations within Metropolitan Community Churches, a Christian denomination with churches in more than 35 countries. The church is widely known for its positive, affirming ministry to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, along with their friends, families and allies, and for its strong commitment to social justice as an expression of the congregation’s Christian faith.
For additional information on the ministry, services, and programs of Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, visit www.ResurrectionMCC.org .
For additional information on the DREAM Act, visit www.dreamactivist.org .