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MCC Moderator Urges Southern Baptists to Stop Condemning God

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:   13 June 2014

Contact:      Jason O’Neill, MCC Communications
JasonONeill@MCCchurch.net, 508-246-8416

MCC Moderator Urges Southern Baptists to Stop Condemning God

SBC condemns transgender people and creates a climate of persecution and discrimination

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches, which has ministries in over 40 countries.  Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT faith delegation to meet with White House staff in 1979.  She served as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, global leader of Metropolitan Community Churches, spoke out today to urge Southern Baptists to learn about humanity rather than to pass resolutions that reject people based on their gender identity.

“Jesus said, ‘judge not lest ye be judged,’ but the Southern Baptist voting members ignore this core message of grace when they reject God’s children who happen to be transgender,” said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson.  “The lives of transgender people are at stake.  When a person’s outer gender does not match their inner identity, it is almost impossible for them to lead a full and meaningful life.  For over 45 years, MCChas provided a church home for all people who are rejected by their churches because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Now it’s time for all churches, including the Southern Baptist Convention, to learn about the diversity of humanity as created by God.  Stop condemning God for creating wonderfully diverse human beings who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer!

“When churches reject transgender people, it contributes to a climate of rejection and condemnation,which leads to persecution and violence against transgender people,” said Dr. Wilson.  “In one study, 83% of transgender people reported suffering verbal attacks, half experienced job discrimination, and a third experienced physical attacks.  Transgender women of color are literally hundreds of times more likely to experience violent attacks than the average person.  Where are Southern Baptists when a child of God who is transgender is murdered?”

Founded in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change, aging, and global human rights.  MCC was the first to perform same gender marriages and has been on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide.

 

MCC Moderator Among Key Faith Leaders to Address Climate Change

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), which has ministries in over 40 countries.  Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT faith delegation to meet with U.S. White House staff in 1979, and she served as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

As the U.S. government rolled out its historic report on global climate change, it was announced that the Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, would be part of a team of twenty-one top ecumenical and interfaith leaders to spearhead an effort to mobilize religious communities to address environmental concerns and to provide “how to” guidance and an extensive array of free resources to their networks.

The team launched Blessed Tomorrow (http://www.blessedtomorrow.org) on 7 May 2014, which brings together some of the United States’ preeminent religious leaders from the Evangelical, Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant faiths who are personally dedicated to leading by example on stewardship within their organizations. This historic interfaith coalition of religious leaders will lead their faith communities to work toward climate solutions in their congregations, communities, and homes. MCC will continue to work globally on these issues that affect us all.

“I believe it is time that we look at our actions. God’s love will never change, but we have an eternal mandate to be in relationship to our natural environment and this paradise we call Earth,” said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson. “We hold the future of our children in our hands and can come together to bring in an era of cooperation never seen in the history of humankind to embody a blessed tomorrow.”

Metropolitan Community Churches was founded in 1968 and made history as the first church to perform same-gender marriages,” said Dr. Wilson. “MCC is known as ‘The Human Rights Church’ internationally and works worldwide to challenge discrimination based on race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. Many MCC congregations around the globe are supporting a sustainable climate through their practices. The Blessed Tomorrow partnership will provide a rich interaction across lines of faith and tradition that will help everyone grow.”

Blessed Tomorrow emerged out of EcoAmerica MomentUs efforts to connect with business, health, faith, and other constituencies with mutually beneficial strategies to reduce the effects of climate change. Faith communities will expand the use of climate change solutions that align with their faith tradition and values. Blessed Tomorrow provides simple, proven resources faith leaders can use right away to empower their members and communities.

Central to this initiative is helping congregations create a Path to Positive plan, which will provide free resources to guide them to be better stewards of God’s creation, for the sake of the most vulnerable populations and future generations. Each congregation or ministry is encouraged and empowered to create their own Path to Positive: http://blessedtomorrow.org/path-to-positive. (Click on “Inspire Others” for resources.)

Founded in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change, aging, and global human rights. MCC was the first to perform same-gender marriages and has been on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the U.S. and other countries worldwide.

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First Gathering of Hispanic Ministries Network – A Resounding Success

See this news story on the event: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152320556643854

 

Thanks to all of you we had a fantastic First Gathering of Hispanic Ministries Network, with among other things, 32 participants, more than what we are expecting!!!!

Let me share this story with you. Three weeks after the event, there were just three people registered, I was concerned and thinking: we should cancel the meeting.  With a lot of faith our Elder Héctor said me “please be confident, we will succeed”.  These are some of the signs of these success:

32 participants (among them pastor and lay leaders eager to have information to plant  Hispanic ministries in their context)

Powerful presentations: MCC Hispanic Ministries History, Vision of future, analysis of demographic data, Bible study, analysis  of relationship of power and our ministries, presentation of “We are family” campaign of Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Powerful worship and preaching – We had three marvellous worship, with good representation of our diversity and listened an excellent reflection  (sermon) about inclusion.

Covered by the local press – Thanks to the excellent work of Ann, the event was covered by two media, public had the opportunity to listen about this ministry thru diverse MCC voices.

Participation and integration of Resurrection MCC – RMCC were not only host but active and committed participants in the event.  Friday evening  more than 20 members of the congregation joined us during the presentation  “We are family” and received with joy all participants of the First Gathering during the two Sunday worship services.

How this could happen? : “Team working and faith”.

Thanks Hector, for your vision and faith

Thanks Rev. Vicky for your unconditional  support in all logistical thing of the event

Thanks, Rev. Troy for your generosity

Thanks, Rev Michael, for your support organizing the event.

Thanks, Kay for helping us with the registration process, (the collaboration between programs is effective.)

Thanks Revs. Edgard, Rachelle, Jorge, Elder Larry, Christian Castro for your excellent presentations.

Thanks, Robert ,  Bridgett and Mark, faces and bodies of  RMCC’s hospitality and kindness

Thanks Rev. Alejandro, Brian and Rev.Jorge for your support as  interpreters.

Thanks Rev. Alejandro for creative worship moments and Rev. Edgard for the excellent and inspiring sermon.

Thanks to our Elders and to Rev. Tony Freeman, for believe in this ministry putting all their enthusiasm and all their resources available to make this possible.

People left the activity with great expectancy and hope and Hispanic Ministry founders embraced the whole event with tears and laughter; maybe God is calling MCC into new fields, new adventures… and we are ready!

 

 

 

Rev. Margarita Sánchez  De León

EMERGE: SPECIAL EDITION

People of African Descent, friends, and allies conference

 2014 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Friends, and Allies
15-17 MAY 2014
FIRST MCC of ATLANTA

ATLANTA, GEORGIA

BE THE CHANGE

The MCC PAD conference is for everyone. Let us come together to proactively transform ourselves as we create the beloved community and transform the world!

This is going to be a remarkable journey, folks! And it is our sincerest hope that you can get on the bus and come along for the ride!  Transforming Ourselves As We Transform the World is our charge and “BE”ING THE CHANGE is our goal. Whether you are a person of African descent, a friend or an ally – ALL ARE WELCOME and we hope to see you there!

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 Keynote Speakers

KellyBrownDouglas Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas renowned for her work on sexuality and the Black Church, will lead the charge with a historical perspective on how far we’ve come as LGBTQI peoples of African descent and what’s on the horizon as we fully show up as we are.
hopson Rev. Dr. Ronald Hopson a scholar in psychology and religion/theology, will help us reimagine what healing and transformation can look like in our lives in light of and in spite of our collective stories.
carijackson Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson , widely known for her community-building efforts across cultures and faith traditions, will talk about Jesus and social justice, focusing us on the outward manifestation of inward spiritual health and wellness.
macflournoy Rev. MacArthur Flournoy  will round out the plenary sessions, along with an esteemed panel of local and national leaders, to help us understand the value of building a faith movement that makes room at the table for all that we are and all that we bring.

 

Worship Preachers

 

revkensamuel Rev. Dr. Ken Samuel, Senior Pastor of Victory for the World Church believes that our love for Jesus should never be separated from justice.  He will be the guest preacher for opening worship on Thursday evening.
RevCarolynMobley (1) Rev. Carolyn Mobley, Interim Pastor of MCC of Richmond will use her gift as a minister who speaks through her music to start the day on Friday for the morning worship.
RevTonyiaRawls (1) Bishop Tonyia Rawls, Founder and Executive Director of The Freedom Center for Social Justice (FCSJ) and Founder of Sacred Souls Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a spiritual leader and social activist.  She will be bringing a dynamic message to the conference on Friday evening.
Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack Rev. Mykal Slack, Founder of 4LYFE Ministries provides pastoral and educational resources to address sexual orientation and gender identity issues in faith communities across a broad spectrum. On Saturday morning he will share a word of inspiration to take us into the final day of the conference.
RevWilson Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of MCC will round out the conference on Saturday evening.  She will offer visionary words of truth, passion, and love.

 

gospel-choir-mdSaturday evening will also come alive with a Gospel Extravaganza.  Come and join your fellow conference participants in an event overflowing with music.

 

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Volunteer Today

Do you have time to volunteer during the 2014 People of African Descent, Allies, and Friends Conference?  We are looking for people with kind hearts and generous spirits to volunteer their time. Volunteer opportunities include (but are not limited to): conference registration, worship (usher, greeter, acolyte), workshops, audio visuals, hospitality, VIP Buddies, and so much more.

To find out more about all of the volunteer opportunities: http://padconference.mccchurch.org/register-attend/volunteer/

 

Looking for:

Musicians

Dancers

Singers/Choir Members

Contact: CassandraWhite@MCCchurch.net

beasponsor Promote your business, group, or ministry by becoming a sponsor.Our Sponsors:
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registernowRegister to join us for this powerful and inspiring event.

Be a Pillar to help someone attend the conference.

Volunteer to help make a difference at the conference.

Become an Exhibitor or Sponsor to promote your business, movement, or ministry.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Candy Holmes, PAD Conference Planning Chair for more information.

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Fin de Año 2013

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¿Te gustaría conocer más sobre las Iglesias de la Comunidad Metropolitana?

¿Qué significa “SER ICM”?

La Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana (ICM) valora la inclusión, la comunidad, la transformación espiritual y la acción social. Estamos comprometidos  a difundir el Evangelio liberador de Jesucristo y responder fielmente al llamado de Dios por la justicia. El contexto de hacer justicia es la creación de la comunidad y la preservación de toda la creación.

Para suscribirte al boletín Headline News – Boletín electrónico Bimestral de ICM – ir aquí.

Para el Círculo de la Moderadora de ICM – Los miembros contribuyen cada mes directamente para apoyar el ministerio y visión de ICM – ir aquí.

Para saber cómo llevar a ICM a tu área enviar un email a revdarlenegarner@mccchurch.net

Para conocer sobre las oportunidades de la Iglesia Virtual de ICM favor de enviar un email  a revdarlenegarner@mccchurch.net

Sí tienes una Petición de Oración favor de escribir un email a prayers@mccchurch.net

Querido(a) Amigo(a) de ICM:

Mientras el año comienza a moverse a su fin, nuestros pensamientos se dirigen a la gratitud y a lo que significa para la mayoría de nosotros(as) –nuestras familias y amigos(as), nuestros compromisos más profundos, el tipo de mundo que anhelamos.

Como ustedes, este es mundo momento en que estoy inundada de peticiones de donaciones navideñas e invertir en formas que puedan bendecir a otros y confirmar mis propios valores de justicia, esperanza y compasión, incluyendo mi iglesia local de ICM.

Hoy más que nunca, me enorgullece el servir cada día como la Líder Mundial de las Iglesias de la Comunidad Metropolitana, un movimiento que salva vidas, que da a luz nuevas comunidades, que abre sus puertas a los refugiados – políticos, religiosos, y espirituales. Una iglesia que apoya a activistas en lugares difíciles y peligrosos, que encarna el amor y la inclusión radical en nuestro mundo dividido. Una iglesia que recientemente fue una poderosa testigo en el Consejo Mundial de Iglesia en Corea del Sur. Un movimiento que desde hace 45 años, ha estado hablando de un Jesús que nos enseña a amar a nuestro prójimo como a nosotros mismos. 

A principios de este año, recibí un correo electrónico de Vittorio, un joven italiano. Quien estaba ansioso por tener conexiones con personas de fe LGBT, sintiéndose aislado y desconectado. El disfruta participar viendo Founders MCC en Los Ángeles, California (USA), y al Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas, virtualmente pero aun anhela tener una comunidad local en la cual participar.

Dejaré que Vittorio hable de la alegría y gratitud que siente por nuestra respuesta a su necesidad:

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Vittorio Amaruso (Segundo de la derecha) participa en su primera Marcha del Orgullo mientras asistía a la Conferencia General en Chicago Chicago, Illinois, USA. Sosteniendo el cartel de ICM, incluye de izquierda a derecha: Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderadora de ICM; Rev. Lisa Heilig, Pastora Interina de MCC of Our Redeemer; Vittorio, y Rev. Marian Cavagnaro, Pastora de Congregational Life at MCC de Palm Beaches.

“Mi nombre es Vittorio Amoruso. Vivo en Italia. Después de largo período de profunda reflexión y sentirme oprimido por la Iglesia Católica por ser gay, Decidí cambiar con la ayuda de mi familia. Solamente quiero ser yo mismo en un lugar que sea llamado IGLESIA. Después de descubrir la presencia de las Iglesias de la Comunidad Metropolitana, pedí a la Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, que me diera una oportunidad de ser parte de la Iglesia ICM en los Estados Unidos. Ella re-envío mi correo electrónico al Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt quien me ofreció la posibilidad de pasar dos meses como invitado Trinity MCC en Gainesville, Florida, descubrí que Dios tiene un amor incondicional y eterno para cada ser humano, incluyendo a las personas LGBT. ICM me salvó y ayudó a comprender el plan que Dios tiene establecido para mí. He sido llamado a ser un Pastor/Ministro de ICM y servir a la comunidad LGBT en Italia, donde ICM no tiene presencia.”

Rev. Jim Mulcahy, pastor de ICM que trabaja en Europa del Este y en Rusia me envió esta nota recientemente:

“Recibí esta nota de una joven mujer rusa que es parte de una familia muy tradicional quienes literalmente la matarían si se enteran que ella es lesbiana. ‘Hi Jim! Permíteme agradecerte nuevamente por tu visita a Moscú. El servicio del domingo pasado me dio la fortaleza de vivir. Es la primera vez que recibo la comunidad en una Iglesia no Ortodoxa. En tus acciones reconozco que Cristo partía el pan. Muchas gracias por tu sermón tan inspirador y lleno de amor, esperanza y sinceridad. Tus palabras me enseñaron a aceptarme y amarme.’ ”

Jóvenes como Vittorio y esta mujer de Rusia nos necesitan, en cada país, incluyendo Estados Unidos. Ellos necesitan que seamos ICM, con un mensaje fuerte e inequívoco, con nuestra celebración inspiradora, nuestras comunidades locales vibrantes y comprometidas con la justicia y la inclusión radical.

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Así que, para todos los Vittorios y todos los que conocemos debemos ser familia y comunidad para muchos como él, les invito a unirse en el recuerdo de ICM en esta temporada navideña con su generosidad. Cada donativo hará posible el salvar vidas y sanar corazones.

Gracia y paz,

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Rev. Obispa Nancy Wilson
Moderadora de la ICM




 

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Year End 2013

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Do you want to know more about Metropolitan Community Churches?

What does it mean to “Be MCC”?

Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) values inclusion, community, spiritual transformation, and social action. We are committed to spread the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ and to respond faithfully to God’s call for justice. The context of doing justice is the creation of community and the preservation of all creation.

To sign up for Headline News - MCC’s electronic bimonthly international newsletter – click here.

For MCC Moderator’s Circle - Members contribute directly to MCC to support its ministry and vision through a monthly donation – click here.

To find out about  bringing an MCC to your area please email revdarlenegarner@mccchurch.net

To learn more about MCC’s virtual church opportunities please email revdarlenegarner@mccchurch.net

If you have a Prayer Request please email prayers@mccchurch.net

From the Moderator

Dear MCC Friend:

As the year begins to move to its end, our thoughts turn to gratitude and to that which means the most to us–our friends and family, our deepest connections and commitments, the kind of world for which we yearn.

Like you, this is a time when I am inundated with requests for holiday giving, and invest in ways that will bless others and confirm my own values about justice, hope, and compassion, including my local MCC church.

More than ever, I am proud every day to serve as the global leader of Metropolitan Community Churches, a movement that saves lives, that gives birth to new communities, that opens its doors to refugees – political, religious, and spiritual. A church that supports activists in difficult and dangerous places that embodies love and radical inclusion in our divided world. A church that recently made a powerful witness at the World Council of Churches in South Korea. A movement which for 45 years, has been speaking up for a Jesus who tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Earlier this year, I got an email from Vittorio, a young man from Italy. He was starving for connections with LGBT people of faith, feeling so isolated and disconnected. He loved watching Founders MCC in Los Angeles, California (USA), and Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas, virtually but still longed for face-to-face community.

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Vittorio Amaruso (second from right) walks in his first Pride Parade while attending General Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Also holding the MCC banner include, from left: Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, MCC Moderator; Rev. Lisa Heilig, Interim Pastor at MCC of Our Redeemer; Vittorio, and Rev. Marian Cavagnaro, Pastor of Congregational Life at MCC of the Palm Beaches.

I will let Vittorio speak for the joy and gratitude he feels for our response to his need:

“My name is Vittorio Amoruso. I live in Italy. After a long period of deep thinking and feeling oppressed by the Italian Catholic Church because of my being gay, I decided to make a change, with the support of my family. I just wanted to be myself in a place where it is called CHURCH. After discovering the presence of Metropolitan Community Churches, I asked Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, to give me an opportunity to be part of an MCC church in the United States. She forwarded my email to Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt who gave me the possibility to spend two months as a guest of Trinity MCC in Gainesville, Florida, and discover how God has an unconditional and everlasting love for each human being, including LGBT people. MCC saved my life and helped me understand the plan that God has in store for me. I’ve been called to be an MCC Pastor/Minister and serve the LGBT community in Italy, where there is no MCC at present.”

Rev. Jim Mulcahy, an MCC pastor who works in Eastern Europe and Russia, sent me this note recently:

“I received this note from a young Russian woman from a very traditional family who literally would kill her if they knew she was a lesbian. ‘Hi Jim! Let me again thank you for your visit to Moscow. Last Sunday’s service gave me the strength to live. It was the first time I took communion not in an Orthodox Church. It your actions I recognized Christ breaking the bread. Thank you very much for your inspiring sermon full of love, hope, and sincerity. Your words taught me to accept and love myself.’ ”

Young people like Vittorio and this young woman from Russia need us, in every country, including in the United States. They need us to be MCC, with our strong, unequivocal message, our inspiring worship, our vibrant, local communities committed to justice and radical inclusion.

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So, for all the Vittorios and all of us who know we must be family and community for so many like him, join me in remembering MCC this holiday season in your generous giving! Every gift makes it possible for us to save lives and heal hearts.

Grace and Peace,
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Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson
Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches




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Fellowship Sunday 2013 – Resourcing our Networks

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2013 Fellowship Sunday Offering Pacesetters

(in alphabetical order)

aChurch4me? MCC
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Rev. Rachelle Brown, Provisional Pastor

Agape MCC
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Rev. S. David Wynn, Pastor

All God’s Children MCC
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Rev. DeWayne L. Davis, Pastor

Augustine United Reformed Church
& Our Tribe
Edinburgh, Scotland
Rev. Maxwell Reay, Pastor, Associated Minister

Church of The Trinity MCC
Sarasota, Florida, USA
Rev. Charles Tigard, Pastor

Cornerstone MCC
Mobile, Alabama, USA
Rev. Sandy O’Steen, Pastor

Emerald City MCC Seattle
Washington, USA
Rev. Kimberly Brown, Interim Pastor

Exodus MCC
Abilene, Texas, USA
Rev. Margaret C. Walker, Pastor

FirstCoast MCC
St. Augustine, Florida, USA
Rev. Ruth Jensen Forbell, Pastor

First MCC of Atlanta
Georgia, USA
Rev. T. Paul Graetz, Pastor

First MCC of Wichita
Kansas, USA
Rev. Jackie Carter, Pastor

Founders MCC Los Angeles
California, USA
Rev. Dr. Neil G. Thomas, Pastor

Heartland MCC
Springfield, Illinois, USA
Rev. Tony Thieman-Somora, Pastor

Holy Covenant MCC
Brookfield, Illinois, USA
Open Pulpit

Imago Dei MCC
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, USA
Rev. Janice Bowker, Pastor

Joy MCC
Orlando, Florida, USA
Rev. Terri S. Steed, Pastor

King of Peace MCC
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis, Pastor

Liberating Spirit MCC of the Treasure Valley
Garden City, Idaho, USA
Renee McCall, Pastoral Leader

Living Springs MCC
Bath, UK
Rev. Kieren Bourne, Pastor

MCC Austin
Texas, USA
Rev. Karen Thompson, Pastor

MCC Boston
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Open Pulpit

MCC Brighton
UK
Rev. Michael Hydes, Pastor

MCC Brisbane
South Brisbane, Australia
Rev. Dr. Leigh R. Neighbour, Pastor

MCC Corpus Christi
Texas, USA
Rev. Ed Paul, Interim Pastor

MCC Family in Christ
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Rev. Ken Pilot, Pastor

MCC Hartford
Connecticut, USA
Rev. Aaron Miller, Pastor

MCC Key West
Florida, USA
Rev. Steve Torrence, Resident Pastor

MCC Knoxville
Tennessee, USA
Rev. V. Jill Sizemore, Pastor

MCC Louisville
Kentucky, USA
Rev. Colleen Foley, Pastor

MCC New York
New York, USA
Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Pastor

MCC Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Pastor

MCC of Albuquerque
New Mexico, USA
Rev. Judith L. Maynard, Pastor

MCC of Baltimore
Maryland, USA
Open pulpit

MCC of Baton Rouge
Louisiana, USA
Rev. Keith Mozingo, Pastor

MCC of Charleston
South Carolina, USA
Rev. Lorraine Brock, Pastor

MCC of Central Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Rev. Peter Trabaris, Pastor

MCC of Greater Saint Louis
Missouri, USA
Open pulpit

MCC of Lubbock
Lubbock, Texas, USA
Open Pulpit

MCC of New Orleans
Louisiana, USA
Rev. Gail Minnick, Pastor

MCC of Northern Virginia
Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Rev. Dr. Danny Spears, Pastor

MCC of Ocala
Florida, USA
Rev. Vickie Miller, Pastor

MCC of Omaha
Nebraska, USA
Rev. Tom Emmett, Pastor

MCC of Our Redeemer
Augusta, Georgia, USA
Rev. Lisa Heilig, Interim Pastor

MCC of Paducah
Kentucky, USA
Rev. Lillian Ferguson, Pastor

MCC of Rehoboth
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, USA
Rev. Dusty Pruitt, Pastor

MCC of Richmond
Virginia, USA
Open Pulpit

MCC of San Antonio
Texas, USA
Rev. Mick Hinson,  Pastor

MCC of The Blue Ridge
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Rev. Joe Cobb, Pastor

MCC of the Coachella Valley
Cathedral City, California, USA
Rev. Clinton Crawshaw, Pastor

MCC of The Gentle Shepherd
Vancouver, Washington, USA
Rev. Ken Kerr, Pastor

MCC of the Good Shepherd
Western Sydney, Australia
Rev. Robert Clark, Pastor

MCC of the Palm Beaches
Florida, USA
Rev. Dr. Lea Brown, Pastor

MCC of The Quad Cities
Davenport, Iowa, USA
Rev. Rich D. Hendricks, Pastor

MCC of the Spirit
Pennsylvania, USA
Rev. Lori E. Rivera, Pastor

MCC of Topeka
Kansas, USA
Rev. Dr. Carol Trissell, Interim Pastor

MCC of Winston-Salem
North Carolina, USA
Rev. Ron LaRocque, Pastor

MCC Peoria
Illinois, USA
Rev. Tony Thieman-Somora, Pastor

MCC Portland
Oregon, USA
Rev. Nathan Meckley, Pastor

MCC Sacred Journey
Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA
Rev. Jane Nelson, Pastor

MCC San Francisco
California, USA
Rev. Victor Floyd, Pastor

MCC Sydney
Australia
Rev. Greg Smith, Pastor

Neema MCC
Nairobi, Kenya
Rev. Michael Kimindu, Pastor

New Creation MCC
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Rev. Margaret Hawk, Pastor

New Light MCC
Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Rev. Dr. Y’Lon Dozier, Interim Pastor

New Spirit MCC
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Open pulpit

Open Arms MCC
Pahoa, Hawaii, USA
Rev. Dr. William H. Knight, Pastor

Open Arms MCC
Rochester, New York, USA
Rev. Tom Decker, Interim Pastor

Open Circle MCC
Belleview, Florida, USA
Rev. Carol Chambers, Pastor

Open Door MCC
Boyds, Maryland, USA
Rev. Miller Hoffman, Pastor

Peninsula MCC
San Mateo, California, USA
Rev. Terri Echelbarger, Pastor

Resurrection MCC
Houston, Texas, USA
Rev. Troy Treash, Pastor

River of Life MCC
Dorchester, UK
Rev. Catherine Dearlove, Pastor

River of Life MCC
Kennewick, Washington, USA
Rev. Janet Pierce, Pastor

St. John’s MCC
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Rev. Brendan Y. Boone, Pastor

St. Jude MCC
Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Rev. John McLaughlin, Pastor

Spirit of Hope MCC
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Rev. Kurt Krieger, Pastor

SunCoast Cathedral MCC
Venice, Florida, USA
Rev. Dr. Sherry L. Kennedy, Pastor

The Met (MCC San Diego)
California, USA
Rev. Dan Koeshall, Pastor

The Rock MCC
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Open Pulpit

Trinity MCC of Gainesville
Florida, USA
Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt, Pastor

Valley Ministries MCC
Stockton, California, USA
Rev. Terri Miller, Pastor

Water of Life MCC
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Rev. Elder Dr. Charlie Arehart, Pastor

Wichita Falls MCC
Texas, USA
Rev. Mel Martinez, Pastor

MCC Senior Leadership
Governing Board & Staff







Have you ever started a new program or ministry, knowing it would require a season of extra attention, nurture and investment if it were to succeed for the long-term? According to Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, that’s exactly where we are today with MCC’s Networks!

That’s why October’s Fellowship Sunday Offering is dedicated to resourcing MCC’s Networks by providing training opportunities for Network leaders and teams, enhancing communications between Networks and local congregations, and increasing the support and resourcing of local churches.

“The focus of this year’s Fellowship Sunday Offering Campaign is on MCC’s Networks,” said Rev. Dr. Wilson, “but the long-term beneficiaries are the health and growth of our local congregations.”

Has your church signed up to participate in MCC’s 45th anniversary observance by receiving a special, designated Fellowship Sunday Offering on 6 October 2013, or on another Sunday in October?

Signing up literally takes less than 60 seconds! Simply write to Rev. Dr. Wilson at FellowshipSunday@MCCchurch.net and let her know your church will participate. “I would be thrilled if your church would sign up this week to become a 2013 MCC Pacesetter Church by committing to receive a second offering in support of MCC’s Networks on Fellowship Sunday, 6 October 2013, or on another Sunday in October. I hope to hear from your church this week!”

Resources

2013 Fellowship Sunday Bulletin Insert
2013 Fellowship Sunday Bulletin Insert
2013 Fellowship Sunday Bulletin Insert.pdf
Date Updated: 1 October 2013
2013 Fellowship Sunday Bulletin Insert A4
2013 Fellowship Sunday Bulletin Insert A4
2013 Fellowship Sunday Bulletin Insert_A4.pdf
Date Updated: 1 October 2013
2013 Fellowship Sunday Press Release
2013 Fellowship Sunday Press Release
2013 Fellowship Sunday Press Release.docx
Date Updated: 25 September 2013
2013 Fellowship Sunday Press Release
2013 Fellowship Sunday Press Release
2013 Fellowship Sunday Press Release.pdf
Date Updated: 25 September 2013
2013FellowshipSundayBullIns SpanEd
2013FellowshipSundayBullIns SpanEd
2013FellowshipSundayBullIns_SpanEd.pdf
Date Updated: 2 October 2013

To download photos for use in your church’s Fellowship Sunday Offering promotion, first click the image to open the full-sized version, place your mouse cursor over photo, right click, and select “Save Image.”

Members of MCC's Southwestern U.S. Network Team make themselves accessible to localchurches and foster connectedness by sharing their names, photos and e-mail addresses.

Members of MCC’s Southwestern U.S. Network Team make themselves accessible to local churches and foster connectedness by sharing their names, photos and e-mail addresses.

Networks provide care, connection and communicationto local churches. Here members of the Heartland Network take part in a Network Gathering at MCC Omaha (Nebraska).

Networks provide care, connection and communication to local churches. Here members of the Heartland Network take part in a Network Gathering at MCC Omaha (Nebraska).

MCCers in the Carolinas Network gather from across North andSouth Carolina at St. John's MCC for workshops, training,resourcing and fellowship with Rev. Elder Ken Martin.

MCCers in the Carolinas Network gather from across North and South Carolina at St. John’s MCC for workshops, training, resourcing and fellowship with Rev. Elder Ken Martin.

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MCC leaders in the Midwest Network draw inspiration, find fresh vision for ministry and deepen their connectedness with other MCC churches at this Network Gathering held at MCC Iliana.

MCC local church leaders taking part in the Western Europe andthe United Kingdom Network Gathering at MCC Newcastle (Upon Tyne, UK), joined by Rev. Elders Darlene Garner and Dr. Mona West.

MCC local church leaders taking part in the Europe Network Gathering at MCC Newcastle (Upon Tyne, UK), joined by    Rev. Elders Darlene Garner and Dr. Mona West.

 

FellowshipSunday2013

Feel free to use this in bulletins at your Fellowship Sunday service

MCC Moderator’s
2013 Fellowship Sunday Prayer


1968 – 2013

On the Occasion of the

45th Anniversary of the Founding

of Metropolitan Community Churches


God of Liberating Hope:
     We thank you for 45 years of the miracle
          of Metropolitan Community Churches.

Today, October 6th, 
     is truly a feast day for us,
          as we remember the blessings of our past,
               as we open ourselves to renewal,
                    as we boldly embrace the future .

Jesus Christ, in whom our faith is rooted:
     How could we have imagined that You
          would use our humble beginnings
                to change lives and change history
                     in so many places around the world?

We thank you for being Emmanuel,
      -- God with us!  --
               for all these decades.

Today we lift up Founders’ MCC, where it all began;
     we lift up the newest MCC’s in many places around the world;
          we lift up churches that are seeking a new pastor; 
               churches that are re-examining their vision and mission; 
                    churches that are persevering through tough times; 
                         churches on the brink of a new era of ministry.

We lift up those who have not found MCC, 
     but who are starting to find us
          on websites and from newsfeeds,
               through press stories and in social media,
                    and by the public witness of local MCC congregations
                         and their ministries of compassion and justice.

We lift up those who have not found MCC, 
     but who are waiting...
          to connect with a community of faith;
     who are longing...
          to discover hope-filled spirituality;
     who are ready...
           to celebrate MCC
                in villages and towns, in cities
                     and countries, around our world.

God of our Past and of our Future:
     Grace us, we pray,
          to love relentlessly,
               to do justice faithfully,
                    to live hopefully
                         In a world that needs You,
                              and that needs us to BE MCC.

These things we pray
     in Your Many Names.
                                     Amen!

MCC Governing Board Announcement

  • MCC’s Governing Board has accepted Reverend Tony Freeman’s letter of resignation from the Governing Board. We extend our sincerest thanks to Tony for his service to MCC over the past three years. We wish him well on his next endeavor. Tony was elected by the 2010 General Conference XXIV in Acapulco, Mexico, for a six-year term of office. 

    Pursuant to UFMCC Bylaw,  Article V.C.4.e  – GOVERNING BOARD: Vacancies: “In the event of a vacancy on the Governing Board, the Governing Board may appoint someone who meets the qualifications to fill the vacancy until the next General Conference, when an election shall be held to fill the unexpired term.” 

     

    To that end, the Governing Board will appoint a Clergy Person to complete the remaining three-year term until the 2016 General Conference XXVI in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada). At such time, the General Conference will elect a new Clergy Person to begin a six-year term ending at 2022 General Conference XXVII.

     

    We are seeking an interested Clergy person who meets the qualifications stated in UFMCC Bylaw, Article V.C.4.a – GOVERNING BOARD: QUALIFICATIONS:

    “Members of the Governing Board must be members in good standing within the Fellowship who, in the sole discretion of the UFMCC, have spiritual quality and leadership, are mature, have sound judgment, and have a proven record of accomplishment.  Consideration will be given to elect members with diverse perspectives, core competencies, and complementary skills consistent with the required functions and responsibilities of the Governing Board.”

     

    We have implemented the following process to fill this vacated seat by our October 2013 Governing Board meeting:

     

     

    • Applications are due by 9:00 pm UTC/GMT (5:00 pm U.S. ET) on Thursday, 12 September 2013.

     

    • The Governing Board will review all applications received.

     

    • The Governing Board will pre-select and conduct interviews with candidate(s).

     

    • The Governing Board will select and appoint a Clergy Person to serve by our October Governing Board meeting.

     

    • The Governing Board will send out an announcement to introduce our new Governing Board member following our October meeting.

     

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rev. Onetta Brooks,

     

    We look forward to receiving your application to serve on MCC’s Governing Board!

     

    Thank you!

    MCC Governing Board

Global Justice Statement on anti-LGBT violence in Russia

Today we join our voices with many others calling for an end to the rampant violence against LGBT people in Russia. Reports of anti-LGBT violence continue to be received, including harassment, physical brutality and government condoned murder of LGBT people since Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill banning the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors.”

 

2013-142-2013-05-22T124351Z_1_CBRE94L0ZD700_RTROPTP_3_RUSSIAProminent British broadcaster Stephen Fry likened the new laws to the Nazis’ persecution of the Jews earlier this week, and on Thursday, Russia’s envoy to the United Nations was personally confronted on his New York doorstep by activists wielding a petition signed by more than 300,000 people.

The events unfolding in Russia should rightly cause concern for all fair-minded citizens of the world. They’re a complete travesty meant to divert the attention of the Russian people from President Putin’s failure as their leader,” said Human Rights Campaign Vice President for Communications Fred Sainz.

 

Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Executive Director of the Global Justice Institute (GJI), said, “We, as human beings, must not remain silent while any of our lives are criminalized.  It’s not simply the right to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly that are at stake here, but our very lives when you consider the rise in violence and increased rates of HIV in areas where LGBTI life is deemed illicit.” She added, “Russia, and indeed the world must be put on notice: Attempt to silence any of us and you will hear from all of us.”

 

The GJI calls for an end to violence against LGBTQ people in Russia around the world. We call on fair minded people of faith to join efforts to speak against these acts of violence and murder and to stand in solidarity with those who are victimized. We call on members of the clergy to speak boldly for the divine value of every person. Finally, we join our prayers with those of people of faith for an end to the victimization of LGBTQ people in Russia and around the world.

 

Take Action:

  • The GJI calls on people of good will around the globe to make your voice heard on behalf of the freedom and safety of LGBTI people in Russia by contacting the Russian Embassy or Consulate nearest you and demanding that the legislation criminalizing LGBTI life be rescinded.

 

This statement prepared by Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt on behalf of

The Global Justice Institute, Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Executive Director.

 Contact:  Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt at