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MCC Moderator Calls for Continued Focus on Haiti

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Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

Action Reminder
Office of the Moderator
For Immediate Release:  15 January 2010
Metropolitan Community Churches
 

Metropolitan Community Churches Calls for Continued Focus on Haiti

 
Child in Haiti
 WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
 

The conditions in Haiti continue to worsen as the dead and injured are found under mountains of rubble.  Yet, even as more people are found, more assistance is making its way to the suffering.
 
Your support of MCC Disaster Relief – Focus on Haiti can make a profound difference in the lives of our siblings in Haiti.
 
Through these first few days, we have already received more than $3,000 for disaster relief in Haiti.
 
Funds given to MCC Disaster Relief – Focus on Haiti will be used in three targeted ways:
  • We will provide funds to support the MCC congregation in the Dominican Republic, specifically, those members who are Haitian and their families with direct support.
  • We will provide funds to support our partner HIV & AIDS organization in Haiti that has been devastated by the earthquake.
  • If assistance to the first two organizations is no longer needed, we will provide MCC funds to a verifiable relief organization which will offer direct help to individuals in need.
If you have already given to this effort, THANK YOU!  If you have not yet taken the opportunity to add your resources and prayers to the people of Haiti, please consider giving now.
 
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More Food for Thought
 
While MCCer’s around the world continue to offer support, Pat Robertson, chief spokesperson of the “700 Club” chose to minimize the earthquake’s destruction.  (For the full text of Robertson’s statement,

Click Here.)

Mr. Robertson’s comments tear at the very heart of the Haitian people, misrepresenting their history and using this horrific earthly disaster as fodder for prejudice and religious propoganda.

In a strong statement against this perspective of God’s activity in the world, MCC pastor Rev. Edgard Francisco offers a plea for understanding, support, and aid for suffering communities in Haiti.

 
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This statement prepared in conjuction with The Global Justice Team of Metropolitan Community Churches,

The Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Chair.
 

 

 

Join Us in Prayer
 
One of our strongest allies in a life of faith is prayer. Please pray with us as a global people of faith.
    God who calls MCC to tear down walls and build up hope:

    We ask for Your help today for our sisters and brothers in Haiti. Jesus, we know that you are with them, in their shock, pain and terrible grief.

    God, we ask for resolve, to be a part of the short and long term solution for healing and hope in Haiti. Give us the strength to pray without ceasing, to give unstintingly, to challenge our governments and officials to everything necessary to save lives and restore health and well-being.

    We pray for those who even now, are in Haiti or on their way, offering comfort, help, protection, food, clothing, shelter and medical care.

    We pray that as the whole world watches, we also take action. As people of faith, may we act in the confidence that you are the God of all, that your steadfast love and mercy is from everlasting to everlasting.

    In Jesus’ name, and in Your many names, we pray, Amen.

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

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Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches Calls US Churches to ACT NOW to Save LGBT lives in Uganda

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Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

Action Alert
For U.S. Churches
Office of the Moderator
For Immediate Release:  12 January 2010
from Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches

 

Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches
Calls US Churches to ACT NOW
to Save LGBT lives in Uganda

 

Last March, a small group of religious extremists based in the United States traveled to Uganda to hold a conference.  The agenda of the conference was simple:  to enflame passions against an already bombarded LGBT community in that nation, using religiously-based hatred and animosity.  With the claims that gay men are sexual predators, that the LGBT community has as its agenda the destruction of all families, and that we can and ought to change our sexual orientations, the conference organizers were successful.  Passions were enflamed.

 

By October, rhetoric had turned to public action, and the Ugandan legislature introduced a bill to make homosexuality punishable by death in some cases and life in prison in others.  Parents, teachers, doctors and people working to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS were also threatend with imprisonment should they fail to report anyone suspected of being LGBT.

 

From the moment word reached my desk that LGBT people in Uganda were facing a new and deadly attack, I began working with our Global Justice and Public Policy Teams, sometimes in public ways and sometimes behind the scenes, to make sure that this dangerous legislative effort criminalizing the existence of LGBT people in Uganda did not come to pass.

 

I NEED YOUR HELP NOW!

 

President Barak Obama has already denounced the proposed law with a written statement.  We must urge him to do more.

 

We must also send a clear message to the President of Uganda that if this bill becomes law, it will have a chilling effect on both global efforts for human rights and relationships between nations, especially Uganda’s relationship with the United States.

 

The United States has been a major contributor to the fights against HIV/AIDS in Uganda.  Uganda has a proven track record in curbing the spread of this disease.  Now is not the time to backtrack.  More than ever, men, women and young people need to know that they can safely confide in treatment providers and trust that they will get the support and medical treatment needed for long and healthy lives.

 

I am asking you to join me today in calling on our Congress to unite across party lines and demand decisive action from President Obama and President Musevini in stopping this immoral effort to criminalize LGBT lives and set the work of HIV/AIDS prevention back by decades.

 

Join me in writing to your Congressional representatives today, urging them to lend their voices to the chorus demanding that our President and the Uganda’s leader take decisive action.  The Human Rights Campaign Fund has establishe a site we can use. 

 

Go to this link to make your voice heard now:

http://www.hrcactioncenter.org

Click on “Take Action.”

 

Make sure you share this link with anyone you think can help.  The more people we get to write to Congress, the more powerful our witness and efforts will be.  The more powerful our efforts, the closer the day when LGBT people around the globe will be safe.

 

Act today, and join that great cloud of witnesses who’ve paved the way for all of us to live openly and freely as the beloved Children of God.

 

//signed

The Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Moderator

Metropolitan Community Churches

 

 

This statement prepared in conjuction with The Global Justice Team of Metropolitan Community Churches,

The Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Chair.

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

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Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches Issues Call to Prayer On International Human Rights Day

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Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

Prayer Alert
From the Office of the Moderator
Metropolitan Community Churches
For Immediate Release:  10 December 2009
 

Today, as the world marks International Human Rights Day and the anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, a document laying the foundation for the pursuits of human rights law around the globe, we of the Christian faith also mark the second week of Advent and reflect on the promise of the prophet Baruch that God will give a new name to the people of God, “Peace-through-Justice.”
 
As political leaders and advocates for justice gather to demand an end to discrimination and violence against human beings marginalized because of diversities, Baruch’s promise meets the world’s cry for “peace on earth, good will among all.”International Human Rights Day
 
Baruch’s promise comes to a world where people from every nation, creed and culture need the kind of peace that passes all understanding and that can end our conflicts internally and externally.  It comes to a world and its people in need of the inner peace of the soul — the peace inside that will and can manifest itself outside, and that holds the possibility of ending the suffering of so many who live under the ravages of war, hatred, greed and violence.
 
Our challenges, as people of faith, remain many, I know.  As we mark this time dedicated to ending discrimination and bringing peace, however, I am particularly mindful of the recent announcement by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to escalate troop deployments to Afghanistan in the hope of ending eight years of violence and bloodshed in that part of our world.
 
I am also mindful of the widespread skeptism about this strategy, and believe that the uneasiness many of us share may in fact be a sign of hope that people who long for peace and who believe in the promise of universal good will are coming to doubt the efficacy of war or the promises of violence.  I am hoping that the unsettled feeling many of us share, is a sign of our developing belief that violence on all levels — interpersonal, communal and global — can and must end.  And I am praying that the violence Jesus was born into and that continues to claim so many victims — poverty — will become our collective battlefront.  I am praying today that, as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged, we will join hands around the globe and commit to living together in equity and peace.
 
I am mindful and grateful for the fact that there are more organizations and individuals engaged in serious peacemaking than ever in the history of the world.  More people give more time and money and resources to pursuing peace than ever before.
 
Many of us no longer believe that war or its resulting devastation and impoverishment are inevitable.
 
Many of us have  hope for a new day, a new world. 
 
We have hope for the promise of Advent — “peace on earth, good will among all” — coming to birth in our lifetimes.

It is with that hope in mind, on this day dedicated to the pursuit of universal human rights, that I ask all MCCers and people of faith around the globe to join me in praying for:
 
            + An end to the wars in Iraq, Afhanistan and Pakistan, and for the safety
            of all in harm’s way.
 
            + An increase in justice and the extension of human rights for all people,
            especially LGBT people, those living with HIV/AIDS, those living in
            poverty, refugees, and all whose lives have been torn apart by wars.  May
            just and right relationships bring the world to peace.
 
Join me in praying today that:
 
            + Every leader around the globe who is charged with making decisions
            that promise to impact all of us, will do so with the pursuit of peace as
            their ultimate goal.
 
            + Every person and nation trapped in the cycles of violence and counter-
            violence, from Israel to Palestine to the Congo and Uganda, will find a
            new way, a more promising path for sharing life together.
 
            + Every human being will use each moment as the moment to speak up
            for and take risks for, and live and act for peace.
 
I call on MCCers around the globe and people of faith everywhere to pray with me today and every day

of this Advent Season, as we honor the one crowned “Prince of Peace,” for an end to the violence, terrorism and suffering so many know as their daily reality.  Pray with me for that a new day of hope and promise will dawn on this earth and all its peoples.
 
+ The Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Moderator
Metropolitan Community Churches

“Every human being will use each moment as the moment to speak up for and take risks for, and live and act for peace.”

This statement prepared in conjuction with The Global Justice Team of Metropolitan Community Churches,

The Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Chair.

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

www.mccchurch.org 

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Call to Prayer – Upcoming Board of Elders Meeting

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Pray with and for us...
Prayers for the Upcoming Elders meeting, with the
Board of Administration and Structure Review Team

 

“God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! God does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, God’s Spirit deeply and gently within us.  Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!”

Ephesians 3: 20-21, The Message


As 2009 comes to a close, the Moderator and Board of Elders of MCC ask your prayers for a Holy-Spirit filled meeting in Austin, Texas (USA), December 7 through 11th. As you engage in your daily acts of prayer, please hold us and the work that we do in your hearts.
 

During this very important meeting, we will be hearing from the Structure Review Team which has been collecting data, analyzing it, hearing from MCC members, clergy and lay delegates, from all over the world for many months. They will be making a recommendation to us concerning moving forward with a sustainable structure that will best serve our churches and global ministry in the coming decade or more. 

 
Our hope is that as the Elders and Board of Administration meet together with the Structure Review Team (the chair, Rev. Tony Freeman, will be present with us, and the other team members will join us virtually), we will be able to come up with a clear and creative proposal that we will be sharing with all of MCC in January. We will then have from January until our General Conference in June/July in Acapulco to refine the proposal with feedback from all our constituents. We will also be inviting some feedback from allies outside of MCC, with special expertise, to also comment and make suggestions. 
 
We want to bring a proposal that is true to what you have been saying to us, and that reflects the deepest hopes and aspirations of our churches and our people, and that is true to the vision and mission we believe is still at the heart of MCC’s everywhere: to tear down walls and build up hope.
During this December meeting, the Elders will also be meeting with the Interim Director of Operations and the Director of the Office of Leadership Formation and Development. We will be finalizing the 2010 budget detail. We will continue to work on how to best support our cluster teams (there are now thirty of them globally), and to continue to resource churches according to size.
And, we will be making time for prayer, worship, conversation, and planning for 2010, including General Conference.  Some of us will take the opportunity to worship with MCC Austin the following Sunday.
 
There is no question but that this has been a challenging year. And, at the same time, the Board of Elders wants you to know that we believe that God is with us through every challenge and change; that MCC still has an unfinished calling in an unfinished world; that the battle against religiously based homophobia is a global struggle; and we are so proud of our churches, pastors and lay leaders who persevere, grow churches, plant churches and engage in life-saving ministries every single day around the world.
We ask your prayers that we might focus on one thing: the Spirit’s best plan for our denomination/movement as we face the realities and opportunities that these times offer.
 
In the name of the reason for the season, Jesus,
 
+Nancy
 
Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches

“We believe that God is with us through every challenge and change…”

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Help Pass Inclusive ENDA in the U.S. House this September!

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ACTION ALERT
from Metropolitan Community Churches
 
For Immediate Release: 30 July 2009

Help Pass Inclusive ENDA in the U.S. House, Voting in September
URGENT, Please make August appointments to visit Representatives and Senators TODAY

 
Breaking News: ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act) will be in the U.S. House in September for an expected full committee hearing, committee mark up and vote.  Now is crunch time for grassroots action –  Congress’s August break is the LAST time for you tell your Representative and two Senators IN PERSON that ENDA is urgently needed and a top priority.
 
Metropolitan Community Churches’ Global Justice Team is joining United ENDA (UnitedENDA.org) to gain assistance from citizens across the United States regarding this important legislation.  Regardless of the positions of your elected officals, please consider meeting with them in August. 

Two years ago, we saw this bill enter the House of Representatives, but the legislation passed then did not include our transgender siblings.  This is our opportunity to participate in making a change for inclusion!

It is your personal visit – the faces and voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and friends and family – that will make the difference for this legislation.
 
Thanks to the efforts of advocate organizations, we have access to tools to make this action easy for you.  Helpful tips on meetings, public events and more are readily available in the National Center for Transgender Equality’s ENDA Toolkit and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund’s ENDA Toolkit
 
Senators’ and Representatives’ calendars fill up fast. Please get an appointment now, for August.  You don’t need to be an expert, you just need a little information – but mostly, all you need is to speak from the heart as their constituent about why ENDA is needed.  Need more information about ENDA? Click here

Once you’ve visited, please feed the information back to uson this report form or the form in NCTE’s ENDA Toolkit.
 
Please, act now.  We cannot let this moment pass us by.
 
In solidarity, and with great hope,

- MCC Global Justice Team
   Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Chair

For Additional Information, Contact:
Jim Birkitt, Communications Director
Metropolitan Community Churches
P.O. Box 691728
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Tel. (310) 625-4177
Email: info@MCCchurch.net

  

This statement has been released by the MCC Global Justice Team, in accordance with an alert released by UnitedENDA.org.


To Help Inspire You – A Success Story from Georgia
 
Months of organizing paid off in Atlanta when local volunteer ENDA organizers secured the support of a much needed Representative! This success came through the energy and dedication of a coalition of local organizations, including Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT), local PFLAG chapters and Georgia Equality. 
 
The leadership of Georgia Equality and their Executive Direct Jeff Graham were key.  Jeff hosted several organizing meetings at Georgia Equality’s headquarters in Atlanta, invited local ENDA organizers to Georgia Equality advocacy trainings on other issues, facilitated a lobby training specifically on ENDA and supported grassroots lobbyists during the meeting with their legislator which led to this victory. 
 
Jeff knows what it takes to get this job done and can imagine what a difference it might make.  “We’re supporting the United ENDA work because employment protections are still rare here in Georgia,” he said. “When federal legislation does eventually pass, there will still be gaps in coverage that can only be addressed on a state and local level.  Working on United ENDA allows us to build awareness and support for our own policy agenda.”

 

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.