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Synergy! – July 2010

Metropolitan Community Churches

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

Synergy!

Synergy! - “The effect that is created by the combined

cooperative efforts of a willing community.”

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Deadline for submission is 1 August 2010.

Click here to view the protocol for submission.

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,

I know we are still riding high after the wonderful General Conference we just had in Acapulco, but I wanted to make sure that we took the time to recognize all those who have recently graduated with

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theology and ministry degrees in MCC!  In this issue of Synergy! you will find a listing of folks who have completed degrees and received awards from many of our partner seminaries as well as the names of those recently approved for ordination.  Be sure and congratulate them!

We also want to take this opportunity to remind you of some important deadlines from the Office of Formation and Leadership Development.  The deadline for applications for funds from the Carpenter Grant is 1 August 2010.  Click here to find out more information about the grant and download the application.  Our next REVM program is 29 October – 2 November 2010 and the deadline for In Care applications to register for this REVM is 1 September 2010.

Click here to download the application and information about the psychological testing that must be completed.

Lastly, there are still some great educational opportunities available this summer.  Check out the course offerings in this issue from Pacific School of Religion.

Blessings to all as we continue this leadership journey together!


Mona

Rev. Mona West, Ph.D

Director of Formation and Leadership Development

Metropolitan Community Churches

Congratulations!

Metropolitan Community Church’s Office of Formation and Leadership Development would like to congratulate our many recent graduates who have reached their educational and personal  goals. Please offer them your prayers and thoughts of support as they embrace on the newest part of their journey.

Doctor of Philosophy

Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

Doctor of Ministry

Rev. Dr. Pat Bumgardner from Episcopal Divinity School

Rev. Dr. Renee Dubose from Episcopal Divinity School

Rev. Dr. Axel Schwaigert from Episcopal Divinity School

Rev. Dr. Lea Brown from Episcopal Divinity School

Rev. Dr. Robyn Provis from Episcopal Divinity School

Rev. Dr. Joe McMurray from Episcopal Divinity School

Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin from Florida Center for Theological Studies

Rev. Dr. Neal Thomas from San Francisco Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Pat Langlois from Wisdom University

Rev Dr Wayne  Shwandt from Wisdom University

Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Connie Meadows from Episcopal Divinity School

Master of Divinity

John McLaughlin from Lancaster Theological Seminary

Zoe Jeffery from Lancaster Theological Seminary

Andrea Ferguson from Lancaster Theological Seminary and she also received an Academic Award with a gift certificate for further study.

Victor Floyd from Pacific School of Religion

Rebecca Anderson from Pacific School of Religion

Brian Hutchison from Pacific School of Religion

Todd Kauffman from Pacific School of Religion and Starr King

Brad Rice from Claremont School of Theology

David Zier from Earlham School of Religion

Melanie Martinez from Perkins School of Theology, SMU

Shirley Strader-Dasher from Florida Center for Theological Studies

Adrain Bowie from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology

MCC STUDENT AWARDS

Lancaster Theological Seminary


Guy and Emma Moyer Award – Andrea Ferguson-New Light MCC, Hagerstown, MD

Jacob Y. Dietz Prize – Johnna Faber-New Light MCC, Hagerstown, MD

Chalice Press Book Award – Jocelyn McKeon—MCC Baltimore


Episcopal Divinity School

Kathy Beasley of Joy MCC, Orlando, FL was awarded the William H. Lincoln Prize Excellence in Reading… awarded to a member of the second year class for excellence in public speaking.

Rev. Dr. Lea Brown won the J. Norman Hall Prize at Episcopal Divinity School…awarded to a member of the graduating class recognized as outstanding in Peace and Justice work.

Recently approved for Ordination with Metropolitan Community Churches

Brad Rice

Brian Hutchison

Stedney Phillips

Victor Floyd

Wilkin Lara

Rebecca Anderson

Eliana Vilela

Melanie Martinez

Melissa Smithee

Alycia Erickson

Summer Learning Opportunities

Pacific School of Religion’s Certificate of Sexuality and Religion, offered in collaboration with PSR’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS), has a few great classes coming up this summer, all on the Berkeley campus:

Mujerista Theology (A. Vargas) – August 2-6

for more information  http://www.psr.edu/summer.

Bishop John Shelby Spong will be teaching a week-long course (Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell – July 26-30) and receiving a CLGS “Leading Voice” award.

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“The effect that is created by the combined

 cooperative efforts of a willing community.”

 

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Application process open for Carpenter Grant funds

 

In December of 2009 MCC received a grant from the Carpenter Foundation to be administered by the Office and Formation

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and Leadership Development to help defray the educational indebtedness of

current students or those who are recent seminary graduates (within the last five years) and who are called to serve a small MCC congregation (with an average weekly attendance of 75 or less). These funds will be awarded to successful applicants to be used as an interest free loan to pay educational debt; the person who serves three years in the church placement made possible by this loan will have the loan forgiven in full.

 

Loans will be up to a maximum of $5000.00 for a period of one year.  Applications may be initiated by students or by churches. Applications must be received by both student and church before a loan will be granted.

 

Click here to read the complete protocol for the Carpenter Grant and to download application forms.  

 

Deadline for applications is 1 August 2010 with final decision on recipients of funds made on 1 September 2010.  For more information or questions please contact Rev. Dr. Mona West, Director of Formation and Leadership Development, revmonawest@mccchurch.net.


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Synergy!
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“The effect that is created by the combined cooperative efforts of a willing community.”   


February 2010

 

Dear Companions in Ministry,

 

As we move into this next decade of the 21st century, ‘leadership development’ continues to be an important focus Rev. Dr. Mona Westin ministry as well as in all aspects of life.  I am a firm believer that healthy leadership will always have a spiritual dimension to it.  The more honest and compassionate we are with ourselves and the more open we are to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, the more we are able to move beyond ‘either/or’ categories in the work we do in our churches and organizations to a place of mutuality and communion.

 

At General Conference we will be offering several free leadership training events including the Clergy/Lay Leadership Institute with renowned author and speaker Diana Butler Bass. Diana has written extensively on the importance of spirituality in the life of congregations and in the life of leaders and she will be challenging us to take a look at the ways our spiritual practices can transform us as leaders.  Click here for more information on Diana and all the pre-conference trainings.

 

We are very excited to announce two important developments in our ongoing support of seminarians who feel called to leadership in MCC.  Through the generosity of MCC San Francisco member, Paul Steindal, MCCSF is able to offer low cost housing ($200-350 monthly) for MCC seminarians in the Bay area at Cathedral House.  This housing is also available for people who may be moving to the Bay area to complete an MCC internship.  Click here for more information and complete an application.  The Office of Formation and Leadership Development has also received a $70,000 grant from the Carpenter Foundation to help support recent seminary graduates who feel called to small churches. An application process for these funds is currently being developed and will be posted on the OFLD website soon.

 

Lastly I want to make you aware of a wonderful series of articles from the Alban Institute on the power of our stories as leaders and to let you know about the opportunities for continuing education and leadership development at one of our partner seminaries in Lancaster, PA.

 

I hope you will join me throughout this coming year in prayer for the raising up of leaders that God is doing in each and every one of us and in MCC. 

 
 

Peace,

 

Mona

 
Rev. Dr. Mona West, Phd.
Director of the Office of Formation and Leadership
Development



For Additional Information

Kathy Beasley, Communications Director
Metropolitan Community Churches
P.O. Box 1374 Abilene, TX (USA) 79604
Email:
KathyBeasley@mccchurch.net
Website:  www.mccchurch.org

 


About Metropolitan Community Church (MCC)

 Metropolitan Community Church, founded in 1968, is a human-rights movement and ministry operating as a Christian denomination in 25 countries around the world. MCC has often been and continues to be one of few leading advocates for vulnerable people in places where religious orthodoxy, sexism, and homophobia can result in violence and death. MCC’s promise is stated in its tagline “Tearing Down Walls. Building Up Hope.”

For more information about MCC visit:http://www.mccchurch.org.


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