DATE: 13 June 2014
Contact: Jason O’Neill, MCC Communications
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.
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.
“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/
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.
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
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
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!
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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 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.|
|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.|
Saturday evening will also come alive with a Gospel Extravaganza. Come and join your fellow conference participants in an event overflowing with music.
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/
|Promote your business, group, or ministry by becoming a sponsor.Our Sponsors:|
Register 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.
If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Candy Holmes, PAD Conference Planning Chair for more information.
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:
“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.
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,
Rev. Obispa Nancy Wilson
Moderadora de la ICM
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.
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.
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,
Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson
Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches
2013 Fellowship Sunday Offering Pacesetters
(in alphabetical order)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Rev. Rachelle Brown, Provisional Pastor
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
Rev. Maxwell Reay, Pastor, Associated Minister
Church of The Trinity MCC
Sarasota, Florida, USA
Rev. Charles Tigard, Pastor
Mobile, Alabama, USA
Rev. Sandy O’Steen, Pastor
Emerald City MCC Seattle
Rev. Kimberly Brown, Interim Pastor
Abilene, Texas, USA
Rev. Margaret C. Walker, Pastor
St. Augustine, Florida, USA
Rev. Ruth Jensen Forbell, Pastor
First MCC of Atlanta
Rev. T. Paul Graetz, Pastor
First MCC of Wichita
Rev. Jackie Carter, Pastor
Founders MCC Los Angeles
Rev. Dr. Neil G. Thomas, Pastor
Springfield, Illinois, USA
Rev. Tony Thieman-Somora, Pastor
Holy Covenant MCC
Brookfield, Illinois, USA
Imago Dei MCC
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, USA
Rev. Janice Bowker, Pastor
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
Rev. Kieren Bourne, Pastor
Rev. Karen Thompson, Pastor
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Rev. Michael Hydes, Pastor
South Brisbane, Australia
Rev. Dr. Leigh R. Neighbour, Pastor
MCC Corpus Christi
Rev. Ed Paul, Interim Pastor
MCC Family in Christ
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Rev. Ken Pilot, Pastor
Rev. Aaron Miller, Pastor
MCC Key West
Rev. Steve Torrence, Resident Pastor
Rev. V. Jill Sizemore, Pastor
Rev. Colleen Foley, Pastor
MCC New York
New York, USA
Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Pastor
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Pastor
MCC of Albuquerque
New Mexico, USA
Rev. Judith L. Maynard, Pastor
MCC of Baltimore
MCC of Baton Rouge
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
MCC of Lubbock
Lubbock, Texas, USA
MCC of New Orleans
Rev. Gail Minnick, Pastor
MCC of Northern Virginia
Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Rev. Dr. Danny Spears, Pastor
MCC of Ocala
Rev. Vickie Miller, Pastor
MCC of Omaha
Rev. Tom Emmett, Pastor
MCC of Our Redeemer
Augusta, Georgia, USA
Rev. Lisa Heilig, Interim Pastor
MCC of Paducah
Rev. Lillian Ferguson, Pastor
MCC of Rehoboth
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, USA
Rev. Dusty Pruitt, Pastor
MCC of Richmond
MCC of San Antonio
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
Rev. Dr. Lea Brown, Pastor
MCC of The Quad Cities
Davenport, Iowa, USA
Rev. Rich D. Hendricks, Pastor
MCC of the Spirit
Rev. Lori E. Rivera, Pastor
MCC of Topeka
Rev. Dr. Carol Trissell, Interim Pastor
MCC of Winston-Salem
North Carolina, USA
Rev. Ron LaRocque, Pastor
Rev. Tony Thieman-Somora, Pastor
Rev. Nathan Meckley, Pastor
MCC Sacred Journey
Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA
Rev. Jane Nelson, Pastor
MCC San Francisco
Rev. Victor Floyd, Pastor
Rev. Greg Smith, Pastor
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 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
San Mateo, California, USA
Rev. Terri Echelbarger, Pastor
Houston, Texas, USA
Rev. Troy Treash, Pastor
River of Life MCC
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)
Rev. Dan Koeshall, Pastor
The Rock MCC
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Trinity MCC of Gainesville
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
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!”
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.”
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:
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!
MCC Governing Board
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.”
Prominent 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.
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