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MCC Headline News – Final 2010 Issue

Metropolitan Community Churches

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

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MCC Headline News

Headline NEWS Feature – TRANSFormative Church Ministry Program
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MCCTM celebrates month three of our “TRANSFormative Church Ministry Program”!  We are excited to announce that more than 170 books were ordered in our original release!  We look forward to the New Year and new ministries being started from the ongoing program.  Our first set of UPDATES are expected in the first quarter of 2011, including our first MCC workshop focused on Significant Others, Friends, Families and Allies!  Keep an eye to MCCTM for more information!

The MCC “TRANSFormative Church Ministry Program” is now available for download on the MCC Website!  Click here to download all program materials!

What’s The Word?

The Preaching Moment - Rev. Mel preached at MCC Philadelphia on November 7th.  Mel’s sermon was entitled “Who is the Bully?” The message focused on the recent deaths of our young people and our various responses to these events. Scripture: Luke 18:9-14. Many thanks to MCCP for receiving Mel!  Watch Online

The Preaching Moment - Angel preached at St. John’s MCC in Raleigh, NC on November 21st. Angel’s sermon “Embrace the Journey” offers personal stories and reflection.  Scripture:  James 1:2.  Thanks to St. John’s for receiving Angel! Click here to watch online!

From the Desk of Rev. Mel

MelMy work with HRC’s Religion and Faith Program culminated in an invitation to represent the program during Soulforce’s Symposium in Philadelphia, November 5-6, 2010. I was exceedingly impressed by the diversity of the gathering, both among attendees and presenters.

We gathered on the Friday prior to our day-long symposium in Love Park (downtown Philadelphia) for a LIFE Rally.  Featuring a performance by Ray Boltz, this rally called for solidarity against bullying in our schools.  We shivered together, cried together, and spoke together “We Are Accepted!”

Our symposium began early Saturday morning and continued throughout the day.  The opening plenary by Jay Bakker (pastor of Revolution NYC church and speaker at MCC’s General Conference 2007) shed light on an ally’s journey among religious leaders.  Jay’s perspective:  “Silence is Violence!”  Amen!

Break out sessions, workshops, discussion panels, and community meals offered all gathered at the symposium the opportunity to consider our next steps and best tools for combating the destructive spiritual violence found in reparative therapeutic measures…Read the full report here.

From the Desk of Angel Collie

Angel CollieReport from Angel Collie Regarding HRC Representation in Virginia – October 2010

Angel Collie recently facilitated the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Gender Identity and Our Faith Communities: A Congregational Guide for Transgender Advocacy sponsored by Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond (Virginia) and People of Faith for Equality of Virginia.  His report is below.

Though I have facilitated this curriculum on multiple occasions, this particular study of HRC’s curriculum seemed more important than ever.  With so much at stake considering the current state of ENDA, a clearer understanding of transgender experience in our faith communities and our civil lives is timely and necessary. We need real advocacy for transgender people in our communities and congregations.  This training was an opportunity to explain the need for advocacy, outline the pressing issues, and foster leaders in this movement.

The class was a wonderful experience with an intimate group of 15 people.  Everyone in attendance eagerly accepted the opportunity to learn, ask questions, and engage in the process.  Many of those gathered felt they wanted to be inclusive of transgender people, but just didn’t know how to be!

Transformation in attitudes, language, and understanding affected each participant through the course of our time together….Read the full report here.


More from Angel…

Also take a moment to read Angel’s report from the TransFaith Summit in California!

Now What?

Are you connected to MCC Transgender Ministries on Facebook? We’d love to hear from you! Add us, message us, and share us!!!  Facebook.com/MCCTM

Didn’t order your copy of MCC Transformative Church Ministry Program? Download it today!  We offer this program’s materials free of charge online. Simply click here to download your copy and access updates as they are released!

Looking for that perfect congregational New Year’s resolution? Now that you’ve received/downloaded your MCC Transformative Church program get set with your New Year’s Intention to begin the program!!! Email Mel or Angel to officially begin this program in your congregation!!!!   Angel and Rev. Mel

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s from MCC Transgender Ministries!!!

A Note From the Editor
Hello All,

Wow, it is hard to believe that the year is drawing to a close in the next couple of weeks. With that in mind, MCC Kathy BeasleyHeadline News will be taking a  break during holidays.  We began this journey together earlier this year with the hopes and intentions of bringing you real MCC news and information that you can use. This year had been filled with information from the global justice front, resources, updates from the MCC Moderator and a myriad of things to help you and your congregations begin to change the world right where you are. We have brought you calls for action, justice, prayer and captured the stories of MCC from a denominational level all the way to the work that our people are doing in and around the world. Thank you for taking this journey with us and supporting us with your vision and prayers.

I would like to thank the members of the MCC Communications Team: Barbara Crabtree, Rev. Melanie Martinez, Carlos Chavez and Judy Dale for their vision, efforts and creativity. Your presence and dedication keeps the work that we do together real and fun; you all are amazing and I am blessed by my time with you.

On behalf of the MCC Communications Team, we wish you a beautiful holiday season, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We will pick up with more MCC Headline News in January of 2011.

Namaste,

Kathy Beasley

MCC Director of Communications

People of African Descent, Friends & Allies Conference 2011

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Congratulations

Angel Collie, Co-Lead of MCC Transgender Ministries (MCCTM), will be traveling to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (January 4-8, 2011) on a training mission organized by LGBT Organization Labrys and funded by LGBTI Initiative of Open Society Institute.  Angel is traveling as one of a three-person facilitation team to conduct a training for Central Asian LGBT Activists on advocacy and capacity building.  Angel will facilitate a simulation on crisis situation and conduct a session on gender identity, sexual orientation and faith at the training.  Additionally he will take part in Labrys strategic planning session sharing his experiences of working with MCC and serving on Soulforce Q’s Equality Rides. His presence will undoubtedly draw attention to his work with MCCTM as well as his many other accomplishments through sister LGBT organizations.  Congratulations and thank you for your service, Angel!

MCCTM: Angel’s Report from TransFaith Summit 2010

Report from Angel Collie Regarding HRC Representation at the Trans Faith Summit in California – October 2010

From the desk of Angel Collie, Co-Lead, MCC Transgender Ministries

The Trans Faith Summit, which happened in conjunction with the Unity Fellowship Convocation in Los Angeles California, was amazing. HRC asked me to represent them (Gender Identity Curriculum) and I was also encouraged to represent MCC and the curriculum that MCC Transgender Ministries recently released. Bishop Rawls is very intentional about fostering relationships inclusive of MCC / The Fellowship, and made sure to include MCC / The Fellowship / Unity representation in many of the panels and workshops. On many of the panels and workshops Bishop Rawls made sure to include MCC / The Fellowship / and Unity representation.

I served on a panel called “Clergy Conversations” and delivered part of the sermon at the Closing Worship along with Louis from The Fellowship.

MCCers were there from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, North Carolina, and elsewhere.

Overall, the summit successfully brought together influential and dedicated members of MCC, The Fellowship and Unity. Plans for a similar conference, scheduled for July 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina, are already underway. I look forward to MCC’s continued involvement in summits like this one and, more specifically, for MCC Transgender Ministries to have a place at the table.

MCCTM: Angel’s Report – HRC Training in Virginia

Report from Angel Collie Regarding HRC Representation in Virginia – October 2010
Angel Collie recently facilitated the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Gender Identity and Our Faith Communities: A Congregational Guide for Transgender Advocacy sponsored by Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond (Virginia) and People of Faith for Equality of Virginia. His report is below.

From the desk of Angel Collie, Co-Lead, MCC Transgender Ministries

Though I have facilitated this curriculum on multiple occasions, this particular study of HRC’s curriculum seemed more important than ever. With so much at stake considering the current state of ENDA, a clearer understanding of transgender experience in our faith communities and our civil lives is timely and necessary. We need real advocacy for transgender people in our communities and congregations. This training was an opportunity to explain the need for advocacy, outline the pressing issues, and foster leaders in this movement.

The class was a wonderful experience with an intimate group of 15 people. Everyone in attendance eagerly accepted the opportunity to learn, ask questions, and engage in the process. Many of those gathered felt they wanted to be inclusive of transgender people, but just didn’t know how to be!

Transformation in attitudes, language, and understanding effected each participant through the course of our time together. As a facilitator and transgender person, I always feel so welcomed and touched by the warm responses, true eagerness to learn, and willingness to participate even when it becomes uncomfortable. It warms my heart to literally see the “Ah-ha” moments as people begin to truly understand the cost of exclusion of transgender voices and gifts in their communities.

Throughout the training many different moments of connection appeared between the participants and the voices and stories of transgender people featured in the training. Questions were answered, understanding happened, and people began to grasp how deeply exclusion in faith communities hurt transgender people and, thus, why change is necessary.

Participants came in curious and left as advocates who will push for change and inclusion.

I also celebrated an opportunity to spend time with Rev. Robin of MCC Richmond and attend the Sunday Services! The congregation was very excited to hear about MCC Transgender Ministries and had lots of exciting questions! It was a blessing to worship and be in fellowship with my MCC family in Richmond!

MCCTM: Rev. Mel’s Report from Soulforce Symposium

Report from Rev. Melanie “Mel” Martinez, Representing HRC Religion and Faith Program, MCC, MCC Transgender Ministries at Soulforce’s Symposium in Philadelphia, PA – November 2010
Mel recently attended Soulforce’s Symposium on “The Truth about Faith, Science, Love and Reparative Therapy” as a representative of Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program. Mel has served for two years as a trainer for the “Gender Identity and Faith Communities” curriculum released by HRC Religion and Faith Program in 2008.

From the Desk of Rev. Mel Martinez, Co-Lead, MCC Transgender Ministries

My work with HRC’s Religion and Faith Program culminated in an invitation to represent the program during Soulforce’s Symposium in Philadelphia, November 5-6, 2010. I was exceedingly impressed by the diversity of the gathering, both among attendees and presenters.

We gathered on the Friday prior to our day-long symposium in Love Park (downtown Philadelphia) for a LIFE Rally. Featuring a performance by Ray Boltz, this rally called for solidarity against bullying in our schools. We shivered together, cried together, and spoke together “We Are Accepted!”

Our symposium began early Saturday morning and continued throughout the day. The opening plenary by Jay Bakker (pastor of Revolution NYC church and speaker at MCC’s General Conference 2007) shed light on an ally’s journey among religious leaders. Jay’s perspective: “Silence is Violence!” Amen!

Break out sessions, workshops, discussion panels, and community meals offered all gathered at the symposium the opportunity to consider our next steps and best tools for combating the destructive spiritual violence found in reparative therapeutic measures. We considered the lasting injuries inflicted on ourselves and our siblings through religious abuse and medical abuse. We joined the ongoing dialogue happening among our many organizations represented.

From Jallen Rix, Author of “Ex-Gay, No Way!” and a workshop presenter at the Symposium: “Agree to disagree is not enough. We need to see our differences as what makes our community strong. We need to affirm our differences. The more we can get used to celebrating our differences…[they] make us stronger.”

Ultimately, our Symposium concluded with hope and expectation of one another and our organizations. As a representative of both HRC and MCC, I am optimistic about the efforts our organizations are making worldwide. As a leader in MCC Transgender Ministries, I am hopeful that the true celebration of diversity will continue to make visible the needs of our transgender siblings and to enliven the ministries of all of our siblings as part of the Body of Christ.

Special thanks to Soulforce for the opportunity to gather and dialogue. Special thanks to HRC for honoring me with the opportunity to be a representative of their Religion and Faith Program. Finally, thanks to MCC and MCC Transgender Ministries for allowing me to represent our important work, ministry, and message in the world.

MCC Announces the Release of the MCC TRANSFormative Church Ministry Program

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 Tearing Down Walls. 
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MCC’s TRANSFormative Church Ministry Program – Get Your Copy Today!


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Melanie Martinez 


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Organizations Endorsing MCC’s TRANSFormative Church Ministry Program

 

FTM Phoenix Group (Russia)

 



The Institute for Welcoming Resources (NGLTF) 


Gender Dynamix (South Africa)


Southerners on New Ground 


MCC Transgender Ministries is pleased to announce the release of our local church focused-ministry program entitled “MCC TRANSFormative Church Ministry Program”.  This resource is designed for local churches and organizations to enhance ministry to and with transgender and gender-variant people, or to begin a successful ministry from scratch.  Featuring our “Local Church Focused Ministry Plan Workbook”, this program walks churches through the identification of leaders, the intentional planning of a new or existing ministry, and quarter-by-quarter ministry planning.  Also, a variety of tools engaging the topics specific to Transgender and Gender-Variant people, such as educational workshops, year-round liturgies, fundraising tools, and partner organization trainings, enhance ministry efforts and support volunteer and professional leadership.

Get your copy of the MCC TRANSFormative Church Ministry Program for FREE until October 1st! 

If you place your order before October 1, we will provide a printed copy of this full resource (approx. 200 pages), as well as a disc of all resources for printing in-house.  Your order includes rights to print and edit resources as needed for use in your local community for original MCC Transgender Ministry materials.  After October 1, this resource will incur a fee of $25 to cover the cost of printing and shipping only.Learn more about this ministry program, the variety of tools available, how to order your copy, and the benefits for your church by clicking here!  
What is MCC Transgender Ministries?

MCC Transgender Ministries (MCCTM), co-lead by Angel Collie and Mel Martinez, supports the ministries and relationships to/with local churches and organizations intent on making a difference for transgender and gender-variant people.  Since the ministry’s inception in 2005 (originally the MCC Transgender Resource Team), Angel and Mel have coordinated the creation of and distribution of resources, created new organizational partnerships, and offered consult with MCC members and leaders.  This year (September 2010) Mel and Angel release their first Ministry Program – MCC’s TRANSFormative Church Ministry Program – with endorsements from Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Welcoming Resources Program, Southerners on New Ground and (in Africa) Gender Dynamix.  This program is an ongoing, regularly enhanced program designed to build on current transgender ministry and walk local congregations/organizations through beginning such ministry.

Past efforts of MCC Transgender Ministries include: yearly observance and resources for Transgender Day of Remembrance, facilitation of “Gender Identities and Our Faith “Communities” HRC program, attendees at Gender Odyssey conference, and workshops/affinity groups at General Conferences 2007 & 2010. 

We are devoted to ensuring that there is No Silent “T” in MCC!