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Fellowship Sunday 2013 – Resourcing our Networks


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

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
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
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 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!”


2013 Fellowship Sunday Bulletin Insert
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Date Updated: 1 October 2013
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Date Updated: 1 October 2013
2013 Fellowship Sunday Press Release
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Date Updated: 25 September 2013
2013 Fellowship Sunday Press Release
2013 Fellowship Sunday Press Release
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Date Updated: 25 September 2013
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Date Updated: 2 October 2013

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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.


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.



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.

LGBT History Month – October 2013

Coming Out Day – October 11

Coming Out Day is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender—coming out regarding one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity being akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people. The day is observed annually by members of the LGBT community and allies on October 11.

National Coming Out Day is observed in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, the Human Rights Campaign sponsors NCOD events under the auspices of their National Coming Out Project, offering resources to LGBT individuals, couples, parents and children, as well as straight friends and relatives, to promote awareness of LGBT families living honest and open lives.

On Oct. 11, 1987, half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It was the second such demonstration in our nation’s capital and resulted in the founding of a number of LGBT organizations, including the National Latino/a Gay & Lesbian Organization (LLEGÓ) and AT&T’s LGBT employee group, LEAGUE.  The momentum continued four months after this extraordinary march as more than 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists from around the country gathered in Manassas, Va., about 25 miles outside Washington, D.C. Recognizing that the LGBT community often reacted defensively to anti-gay actions, they came up with the idea of a national day to celebrate coming out and chose the anniversary of that second march on Washington to mark it. The originators of the idea were Rob Eichberg, a founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O’Leary, then head of National Gay Rights Advocates. From this idea the National Coming Out Day was born.

To this day National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBT individuals to live truthfully and openly. Read more.


Coming Out as Sacrament – Rev. Dr. Mona West

A sacrament is an act that mediates the grace and mystery of God.

Coming out is a sacrament for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) people of faith because it sets us on a lifelong path of manifesting God’s grace in our lives. Coming out is crucial to our spiritual development because it starts us on a journey of integrating our GLBT identity into our whole life. Or to say it another way: embracing our GLBT identity is an invitation to go deeper in our spiritual journey.

Coming Out as Sacrament – Chris Glaser

Gay Christian author and activist Chris Glaser believes that sexual minorities, often denied their churches’ traditional sacraments, have found unique access to the sacred in their lives: coming out of the closet. Glaser persuasively argues that coming out–as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered–has biblical precedence and sacramental dimensions. Using personal and biblical illustrations, he discusses coming out as an act of vulnerability, much like a sacrificial offering of ancient times, that invokes God’s presence and effects atonement, or reconciliation. In this engaging book he shows how coming out, like other sacraments, may serve as a means of grace–that is, an experience of God’s unconditional love.

Coming Out as a Sacrament in Argentina: My Road to Reconciliation – Ariel Barrios Medina

Relates a coming out experience in Argentina. Responses to a pastoral letter sent by  the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops to the parents of gay children after being published in Argentina in January 1999; Action taken by former Argentinean President Carlos Memem in response to the decision of the Argentine Supreme Court to upheld an appellate court decision denying legal status to the Community of Argentine Homosexuals; Way of receiving the sacrament of reconciliation.

National Gay Lesbian Taskforce

“Thus says the Lord: In a time of favor I have answered you, on a day of salvation I have helped you … saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’ to those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.'” Isaiah 49:8-9. (NRSV)

In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur that month.

Gay and Lesbian History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association, and other national organizations. In 2006, Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month.


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It’s Not Unusual is a lively, anecdotal account of lesbian and gay Britain told through the testimony of those who lived through it all. What it was like to attend West End premieres in the Twenties with a monocled, cross-dressed Radclyffe Hall.

Placing GLBT people at the center of the history of the twentieth century,
Vicki L. Eaklor’s Queer America: A People’s GLBT History of the United States is a major new effort to popularize a long-overlooked chapter in the American experience.

Lemke’s interviews with 14 gay men, mainly working class, not only encompass a range of gay lifestyles–from married men leading double lives to men proud of passing as “straight” in military service–but reflect almost a century of German history. The notorious paragraph 175 of the German criminal code subjected gays to concentration camp brutalities, which are vividly described by Erichy (interviewees are identified by their first name only).

The city of Buenos Aires has guaranteed all couples, regardless of gender, the right to register civil unions. Mexico City has approved the Cohabitation Law, which grants same-sex couples marital rights identical to those of common-law relationships between men and women. Yet, a gay man was murdered every two days in Latin America in 2005, and Brazil recently led the world in homophobic murders. These facts illustrate the wide disparity in the treatment and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations across the region.

Sexuality and Socialism is a remarkably accessible analysis of many of the most challenging questions for those concerned with full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

Visibility matters to activists—to their social and political relevance, their credibility, their influence. But invisibility matters, too, in times of political hostility or internal crisis. Out in Africa is the first to present an intimate look at how Namibian and South African lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations have cultivated visibility and invisibility as strategies over time. As such, it reveals the complexities of the LGBT movements in both countries as these organizations make use of Western terminology and notions of identity to gain funding even as they work to counter the perception that they are “un-African.”

From the Boy Scouts and the U.S. military to marriage and adoption, the gay civil rights movement has exploded on the national stage.Eric Marcus takes us back in time to the earliest days of that struggle in a newly revised and thoroughly updated edition of Making History, originally published in 1992.Using the heart-felt stories of more than 60 people, he carries us through the compelling five-decade battle that has changed the fabric of American society.

In this unique oral history, gay Asian Americans talk frankly about their struggle for self-determination and independence. For the first time, in their own words, pioneers in the Los Angeles movement discuss the gay scene in Southern California and the development of a distinctly Asian American identity.

Lambda literary award finalist, Same-Sex Love in India presents a stunning array of writings on same-sex love from over 2000 years of Indian literature. Translated from more than a dozen languages and drawn from Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and modern fictional traditions, these writings testify to the presence of same-sex love in various forms since ancient times, without overt persecution. This collection defies both stereotypes of Indian culture and Foucault’s definition of homosexuality as a 19th-century invention, uncovering instead complex discourses of Indian homosexuality, rich metaphorical traditions to represent it, and the use of names and terms as early as medieval times to distinguish same-sex from cross-sex love. An eminent group of scholars have translated these writings for the first time or have re-translated well-known texts to correctly make evident previously underplayed homoerotic content.

A Global History of Sexuality provides a provocative, wide-ranging introduction to the history of sexuality from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Explores what sexuality has meant in the everyday lives of individuals over the last 200 years. Organized around four major themes: the formation of sexual identity, the regulation of sexuality by societal norms, the regulation of sexuality by institutions, and the intersection of sexuality with globalization

Since the Stonewall rebellion in 1969, gay and lesbian movements have grown from small outposts in a few major cities to a worldwide mobilization. This book brings together stories of the emergence and growth of movements in more than a dozen nations on five continents, with a comparative look that offers insights for both activists and those who study social movements.



Gay Pioneers Documentary Film

Produced in collaboration with PBS-affiliate WHYY, “Gay Pioneers” is a 30-minute documentary chronicling the first organized gay and lesbian civil
rights demonstrations. These “Annual Reminders” took place in front of Independence Hall each Fourth of July from 1965 to 1969, paving the way for the Stonewall Uprising and the New York Pride Parade.

Saint of 9/11

“Saint of 9/11” presents the remarkable, inspiring story of Father Mychal Judge—beloved Chaplain of the New York Fire Department, compassionate champion of the needy and forgotten, rousing Irish-American balladeer, iconoclast, pioneering AIDS activist, and the first official victim of 9/11. Narrated by Ian McKellen.

Now available on DVD

Documentary Film

Equality Forum’s first feature-length film recounts the story of Jim Wheeler, a gifted teen from rural Pennsylvania who took his own life as a direct result of the homophobia he faced from his peers. Five years later, representatives of Young Gay America conducted a road trip interviewing out gay and lesbian youth in America’s heartland, carrying Jim’s story with them. This touching and inspirational film has garnered awards at film festivals nationwide.

LGBT History Month 2013 DVD

This compilation DVD includes all 31 LGBT History Month 2013 Icon videos plus the two-and-a-half-minute overview video. It’s perfect for your LGBT History Month celebration!


Ideas For The Media

  • Explore the local angle. Click here to see the local connections for each of the 31 Icons.
  • Embed the LGBT History Month videos on your Web site. The Icon video of the day will update automatically each day throughout October.
  • Plan a story each week in October featuring the LGBT History Month Icons of the upcoming week.
  • Tie in to LGBT History Month with stories of LGBT Icons in your area.
  • Find a local high school or college group creating an LGBT History Month exhibitand profile the organization and their exhibit.
  • Use our photos for free! All of the LGBT high-res Icon photos can be downloaded from this site and used for coverage or promotion of LGBT History Month. Contact with any special requests.
  • For story ideas, high-res photos, additional resources, or contact assistance for LGBT History Month Icons, contact Chip Alfred, Communications Director, at or 215-732-3378, ext. 116.