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Emergence – PAD Conference News – January 2011

Metropolitan Community Churches

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.


Rev. Elder Darlene Garner

As Convener of the 2011 MCC People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies, I would like to invite you to join us in Washington, DC. (May 19-21, 2011) for what will be an inspiring and landmark MCC event. Since 1998, the work of the MCC PAD Conference has been to create a space for fellowship, justice making dialog, and bridge building. While being firmly rooted in the African-American cultural experience, the MCC PAD Conference is for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, or nationality.

The 2011 MCC PAD Conference theme LOVING OURSELVES INTO LIBERATION reflects our commitment to continue our rise from victimhood to victory and to lift others as we climb. To inform and empower us to reach higher heights, workshops and keynote speakers will focus on physical, political, and spiritual health and wholeness. Worship will inspire us to celebrate the fullness of who we are and to embrace the fullness of who God has liberated us to be.

Rev. Candy HolmesThe Chair of the 2011 MCC PAD Conference is Rev. Candy Holmes. The Planning Committee includes conference hosts representing MCC and The Fellowship congregations in the Washington, DC area and volunteers from across the United States. The Human Rights Campaign is also working with us to offer you the largest and most powerful PAD Conference experience to date.

By special arrangement between MCC and HRC, clergy and religious leaders who register for both the MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies and HRC Clergy Call can apply for a special HRC scholarship to cover 3 nights of lodging at either the Fairmont Washington or another hotel (nights of Saturday through Monday, 21 – 23 May).

For more information, go to the HRC website and submit the online scholarship application form. Scholarships are not guaranteed. Please apply early.

If you would like to volunteer or to receive more information about the 2011 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies, please contact Rev. Candy Holmes at RevCandyHolmes@mccchurch.net or visit our website at http://mccchurch.org/connectnow/events/pad-conference/.

You will not want to miss the 2011 MCC PAD Conference. Register now by Clicking Here!

Click here to read what Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, MCC Moderator, has to say about this year’s PAD Conference!

Click here to read the letter of support for this year’s PAD Conference from the Human Rights Campaign!

HRC Clergy Call for Justice and Equality

May 22 – 24, 2011 Washington, DC

A Faithful Movement for LGBT Justice

It’s time to register for Clergy Call 2011! We call on all clergy and faith community leaders to support justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.  Join us in Washington, DC from May 22 – 24, 2011 to have your voice heard by Congress on critical issues affecting the LGBT community.

For more information, go to www.hrc.org/issues/religion/9194.htm.

Special Offer:

By special arrangement between MCC and HRC, clergy and religious leaders who register for both the MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies and HRC Clergy Call can apply for a special HRC scholarship to cover 3 nights of lodging at either the Fairmont Washington or another hotel (nights of Saturday through Monday, 21 – 23 May). For more information, go to the HRC website above and submit the online scholarship application form. Scholarships are not guaranteed. Please apply early.

Looking For Travel Tips?

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Click here to find out all you need to know about getting to the PAD Conference.

Registration is Now Open for the 2011 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies

Loving Ourselves Into Liberation

Register Today for this life changing event!

19 – 22 May 2011 in Washington, DC

There is Plenty of Good Room for You!

The Fairmont Hotel - Washington, DC

We are pleased to announce that the Fairmont Hotel, Washington, D.C. is the host hotel for the 2011 PAD Conference.  This beautiful facility is located in Washington’s West End and adjacent to historic Georgetown. The Fairmont Washington, D.C. hotel is pleased to welcome us in true capital style.  Click here to make your room reservation today!

Join Fairmont’s President’s Club for PERKS

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts exclusive guest recognition program, Fairmont President’s Club, offers special benefits and privileges designed to reflect your individual travel preferences and offer an enhanced level of service.

Membership in Fairmont’s loyalty program is complimentary and your Fairmont President’s Club experience begins the moment you arrive at any of their properties with express check-in at the private reception desk and continues during your stay with complimentary high-speed Internet access, free local calls, complimentary health club access, complimentary use of TaylorMade golf clubs, use of Fairmont Fit and so much more. Click here to enroll.

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Get Involved & Volunteer!

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We are looking for volunteers to help with this year’s PAD Conference. If you are interested in volunteering, click here to complete the PAD Conference Volunteer Form.

Our Team!

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Click here to learn about the team working hard to offer the best PAD Conference experience possible!

Interested in Becoming a Vendor at the PAD Conference?

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Click here to download the PAD Conference vendor form.

Become a Pillar of the 2011 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies

How Do I Become a PAD Conference Pillar?

That’s easy! Click here to email the Pillar Coordinator your name, the name of your church or organization, the city, state and country where you are located, a contact telephone number and your web address.  The Coordinator will then let you know the easiest way for you to make your tax-deductible donation.

What’s In It For Me?

More than you can imagine!

·         We will send you a link to our downloadable marketing/press kit which is filled with posters, postcards, bulletin inserts, links to register and learn more about the conference events to share with your congregations and constituencies along with electronic images that you can easily add to your newsletters, websites and email signature blocks.

·         Your name will be added to the online listing of 2011 PAD Conference Pillars with a clickable link back to your church or organization’s webpage (Free Advertising).

·         During the conference events, we will take time to speak aloud the names and acknowledge all of our Pillars by sharing gratitude for your support and offer prayers to support you and the work that you are doing right where you are.

This conference brings together amazing speakers and workshops that encourage and inspire. It is as an important foundation giving hope to people of all colors who are ready to move forward into a new way of being, working, and changing the world together. Through the active support of our Pillars, we will be able to do what’s necessary to continue “Loving Ourselves Into Liberation”.  To do this, we need you and your help. Please take this opportunity to become a 2011 PAD Conference Pillar.  Click here to sign up TODAY!

Help Spread the Word!

Use the following printable poster graphics to help spread the word about the 2011 PAD Conference!  Click the image to open the original file, or right-click to download!

Loving Ourselves - ManLoving Ourselves - Press BookLoving Ourselves - Woman

By special arrangement between MCC and HRC, clergy and religious leaders who register for both the MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies and HRC Clergy Call can apply for a special HRC scholarship to cover 3 nights of lodging at either the Fairmont Washington or another hotel (nights of Saturday through Monday, 21 – 23 May). For more information, go to the HRC website above and submit the online scholarship application form. Scholarships are not guaranteed. Please apply early.

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