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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

Dear MCC Friends

I will be returning from sabbatical on 1 December, and while I’ve been away, I’ve spent time in prayer about the future of Metropolitan Community Churches. Like you, I have a yearning for connection, spiritual renewal, justice, hope, and peace.

This year, I am giving an extra gift to MCC — to the Movement — to which I have devoted more than 42 years — really, all my adult life — because of YOU!

I have come to know you over these years. Many of you span the decades and are the backbone of MCC. Your giving made it all possible. Of course, newcomers to MCC are one of my great joys. I love to see you eagerly learning about our history and our accomplishments today. Your gifts — small and large — are the future of MCC. Then, my “not very churchy” friends, both in and out of MCC, you partner with MCC for social change because that is what we do. It’s who we are! Your giving is a sign of hope. Finally, I cherish all of you members of other denominations who count on MCC to be there when and if you need us. Your giving helps all of us press on toward our common goals.

Regardless of where you see yourself, I see you. WE see you and invite you to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in this season of hope by making a special gift to the global work of Metropolitan Community Churches.




  • Your giving raises up new MCC churches and ministries in places in the United States and in countries that have longed for a community they can call their own, experiencing radical inclusion! Let’s “be MCC” in new places! MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
  • Your giving reaches the Hispanic community in North America, the fastest-growing demographic where “la familia” is growing in acceptance of their LGBTQ loved ones. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
  • Your giving helps our Global Justice Institute to provide “safe houses” in places like Nigeria and Kenya for those who are persecuted and threatened just for being who they are in a hostile place. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
  • Your giving helps us challenge those who, tragically, export hate in the name of Jesus. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
  • Your giving helps us achieve marriage equality for everyone. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
  • Your giving shares the life-giving, history-changing message of God’s love through the Internet in places where only our digital message can reach people. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Our unique, amazing voice of faith is so essential today. Help strengthen that voice, that message, our ability to reach out in love with justice.

The stories below have been provided by the directors of the Senior Leadership Team and their staff. Through their travel to countries across the globe, this team works with people in their local countries and cities and offers educational opportunities and meaningful connections.

Let your heart be moved by the work yet to be done, and prayerfully consider an additional year-end gift to the denomination and movement that is MCC.

May you be blessed during this holiday season, and may MCC continue to be the radical witness of God’s love for everyone.

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Nancy Wilson Signature

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Global Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches




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.

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Letters from Cuba

“Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy…” Luke 24: 50-52

MCC San Lucas has a strong commitment to spread the good news all around the province of Ciego de Avila. Overcoming many drawbacks, they reinitiated their outreach activities during September and traveled to the following municipalities: Venezuela y Júcaro, Cirio Redondo Pina y Majagua.

The municipality of Venezuela is located about 14 kilometers from the city where MCC San Lucas is based. Nearly 200 brochures about MCC were distributed and three services were offered. Services were also provided in Ciro Redondo and Majagua, located about 14 kilometers east of the province.

The congregation of MCC San Lucas later visited the town of Júcaro, where they met with a group of young people in the city park and shared the good news of MCC. However, despite the desire to do more, the distance of over 25 kilometers from the church prevented the opportunity for frequent visits. The dream is to increase the number of services beyond their congregation.

At one of the events, MCC San Lucas held an outdoor movie night. They showed a Cuban documentary called Perras! (Bitches), which is a drama about the lives of transsexuals in Havana. Movie night ended with a discussion and coffee.

On two Saturdays of the month, friends and members of MCC San Lucas meet at a nightclub in the LGBT community and carry MCC’s words of good news. Their ministry is particularly focused on young people who attend the club. During the month of September, they held five services with an attendance of 64 people, and in October, had five services with an attendance of 54 people.

In Cuba the status of LGBT people has greatly improved. It’s important to note that this year the government sponsored a national campaign against homophobia. The big problem continues to be the attitude of many people, especially religious groups, that deny LGBT people access to their communities. Religious conservatism is even more severe in the countryside.

MCC San Lucas and their pastor Abel Jimenez understand the local situation and travel throughout the province to heal and bring the good news of the inclusive love of God. The author of the gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts proclaim a message that stands beyond cultural boundaries in the same way MCC San Lucas proclaims a God that embraces; a God for everybody.

Eastern Europe

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.

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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

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.

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Internationale Roze Kerk

The Hague, Netherlands

Rev. Barbara Rogoski, Pastor

Click here to visit the Internationale Roze Kerk website

Those who are gathering at the Internationale Roze Kerk are building an intentional Christian community of Dutch and international LGBT people of faith around The Hague.

Church in Progress

South Auckland, New Zealand

Click here to visit the Church in Progress website

Church in Progress is an experiment of inclusive worship in South Auckland. They hope their worship will inspire action in their community and that their actions will inspire their worship.

Open Doors MCC

Seoul, South Korea

Click here to visit the Open Doors MCC website

A group of Christians and spiritual seekers in the Seoul metropolitan area are dedicated to the radical inclusivity of Jesus Christ. They are an intentionally open and affirming congregation, welcoming ALL people into the life of spiritual community.




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Spirit of Hope MCC (Metropolitan Community Church) is seeking a full-time Director of Congregational Life

Metropolitan Community Churches

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

Mona West-New
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

SKYPE Ritchie.Crownfield
678-983-9888
404-848-9824 fax

Director of Congregational Life

Job Description:
Spirit of Hope MCC (Metropolitan Community Church) is seeking a full-time Director of Congregational Life. This dynamic and well-organized individual will provide leadership and oversight to Spirit of Hope MCC ministries, including affinity/small groups that enhance the spiritual development and spiritual growth of the congregation. Spirit of Hope MCC is a LGBT inclusive community, which is open and welcoming to all persons no matter their station in life.A successful candidate will report to the Senior Pastor and must;

 Be able to create and communicate a vision for small groups and ministries
 Be highly motivated and well organized in all activities.
 Be skilled and able to promote the development and growth of a diversity of small groups and ministries, helping groups effectively launch, grow, and multiply
 Be able to identify talent and recruit capable people into responsible positions; delegate appropriately; invite and maintain constant dialog avenues; communicate expectations clearlyand hold people accountable
 Be skilled in developing lay leaders who will coordinate programs and activities that address the
congregation’s spiritual needs
 Ensure that every small group and ministry clearly promotes the vision and mission of Spirit of Hope MCC.
 Be willing and able to work effectively with individuals – both internally and externally – who are diverse in race, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religious/spiritual background, and
worship experience
 Be able to understand the congregation’s Culture of Christ and be able to help teach it regularly to our congregation.
 Share in the responsibility for providing Pastoral Care of the congregation
 The candidate may be asked to preach, administer rites and sacraments at the invitation of theSenior Pastor.

Core Functions & Duties:
The successful candidate must;

 Develop a network of spiritually gifted coaches, leaders, mentors, and apprentices who can lead people toward spiritual maturity in small group settings
 Develop, coordinate and promote leadership training for ministry and small group leaders
 Develop a program for evaluating the performance of small group leaders and the functioning of their groups
 Be well organized. and
 Be well prepared for leading and teaching in various roles
 Be outgoing in connecting with individuals to learn about their hopes in ministry
 Maintain a database for each ministry and assist ministry leaders in using the database
 Network with other congregations to develop and share a resource base of small group expertise
 Work with ministry leaders to prepare budget requests and assist ministries with fundraising efforts
 Lead the development of a process for following up with and connecting with visitors and continue to be responsible for the process after it is developed
 Lead appropriate sections of new member classes, lead classes on “Christ Culture”, and inclusive language classes.
 Participate in weekly staff team meetings
 Meet weekly with the Senior Pastor

Requirements:

 MCC or UCC clergy credentials and M.Div. preferred. Will consider applications from other candidates whose theology aligns with the core values and mission of Spirit of Hope MCC.
 Demonstrated leadership and facilitation skills, highly motivated and well organized.
 Active in the GLBTQII community as either an ally or activist. Knowledgable about GLBTQII

issues and passions.

 Skilled at using MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) and Servant Keeper or similar church software
 Is widely trusted; seen as direct and truthful; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; acts in harmony with the core values of Spirit of Hope MCC; supports all staff members (lay or clergy) in word and actions

Benefits/Compensation Classification: Full time – salaried (exempt)

 Salary will be $30K per year commensurate with experience; medical/dental benefits provided Spirit of Hope MCC Core Values -

Spirit of Hopes mission statement states; “In the midst of diversity, Spirit of Hope MCC celebrates God’s love and acceptance as we share God’s word with each other, the community and the world.” Our core
values include the following principles;

a) Welcoming – we are committed to being a welcoming and friendly congregation. At all events we shall respect and cherish all God’s people. We will recognize that in the God is sending us new energy, new gifts, and new challenges for ministry.
b) Integrity – we are committed to relating to one another with integrity. We shall seek to support, help and encourage one another in the fulfillment of commitments.
c) Relationships – we affirm that relationships with God and each other are at the center of our lives.

We shall nurture them within a culture of love, appreciation, and trust. (aka: Christ Culture)

d) Biblical Basis – we are committed to the revealed word of God often brought through many sources but is centralized in biblical scripture as the foundation for what is preached, taught, and
lived in our daily lives. We believe we are called in faith and truth based on Christ’s teaching affirming our place as God’s people.
e) Human rights – we are committed to justice that allows all people to live in peace, to work toward effective social change in human rights, freedom, and equality for all people.
f) Reaching Out – we shall extend an open hand and open heart to people within our church and to those outside our community of faith, being a living witness of the love of God to all.
g) Community – we are an inclusive community with a unique mission. MCC was called into an existence at a time when no church would include LGBT people into the faith. Spirit of Hope
cherishes the spiritual activism of those who lead the way and is committed to including and affirming all people who seek God in an inclusive community.
h) Cherish the Earth – as good stewards, we are committed to weigh decisions wildlife, and resources. Our goal as a community is to reduce, recycle and plans with love, respect and appreciation of the earth, its, and reuse.

The “Christ Culture” and Inclusive Language Procedure will be presented at the time of completing an
application to those who meet requirements.

This information can also be found online at
www.spiritofhopemcckc.org
To Apply:
Submit Resume, qualifications, and contact information to
Pastor Kurt Krieger
Spirit of Hope – MCC
P.O. Box 10087
Kansas City, MO 64171-0087 or send via email to: revkurtkrieger@yahoo.com

Peace,
Mona

Mona

 

Rev. Mona West, Ph.D

Director of Formation and Leadership Development

Metropolitan Community Churches

P.O. Box 1374

Abilene, TX 79604

Fax: 310-388-1252

Skype: mona.west1

www.ofld.mccchurch.org

LOCAL CHURCH: Resurrection MCC – Rev. Harry Knox joins leaders in prayer vigil supporting the DREAM Act

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 .