Metropolitan Community Churches http://mccchurch.org Official website of Metropolitan Community Churches Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:03:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wichita Falls MCC Pastor Rev. Mel Martinez Responds To Boys Scouts Decision To Lift Ban On Gay Adult Leaders http://www.newschannel6now.com/story/29694747/lgbt-friendly-church-responds-to-boys-scouts-decision-to-lift-ban-on-gay-adult-leaders http://www.newschannel6now.com/story/29694747/lgbt-friendly-church-responds-to-boys-scouts-decision-to-lift-ban-on-gay-adult-leaders#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:38:52 +0000 http://mccchurch.org/?p=8891 http://www.newschannel6now.com/story/29694747/lgbt-friendly-church-responds-to-boys-scouts-decision-to-lift-ban-on-gay-adult-leaders/feed/ 0 Rev. Michael Hydes & The Village MCC receive full-page (p.37) coverage in Brighton, UK LGBT Scene magazine http://issuu.com/gscene/docs/08_gscene_aug2015 http://issuu.com/gscene/docs/08_gscene_aug2015#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:56:43 +0000 http://mccchurch.org/?p=8893 http://issuu.com/gscene/docs/08_gscene_aug2015/feed/ 0 MCC Statement of Faith – Lessons Learned http://mccchurch.org/mcc-statement-of-faith-lessons-learned/ http://mccchurch.org/mcc-statement-of-faith-lessons-learned/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:05:10 +0000 http://mccchurch.org/?p=8883 SoF-Logo-EnglishTheologies Team

Lessons Learned

This edition of our newsletter is longer than others.
But we promise you it’s worth your time.

The Commission on the MCC Statement of Faith met face-to-face in June. During our time together we discussed the many messages we’ve received from around the world. In this note we’d like to share some lessons we’ve learned in this process.

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We Can Do Better with Communications
Sometimes we forget to tell you what we’ve been up to. The Commission has been meeting monthly for a year and a half. It took us a while to get our own newsletter started.

We’ve not been able to visit many churches or network gatherings. So we’ll be working to get the word out to more of you, including a series of webinars. Be sure you are subscribed to our newsletter for announcements. (Use the link at the bottom of this email.)

If you’d like us to participate in a network gathering or conference call, let us know!We might be close enough to come, but if not, we’d welcome the chance to talk with on a conference call or via Skype.

From Now On, We Promise to Steer Clear of “Click Bait”  
fingerIn at least one instance, our attempt at catchy titles to entice folks to read our newsletter (also known as “click bait”) left some of you with false impressions about our work. We’ll be working hard to engage you without misleading those of you who might scan our headline, but don’t necessarily have time to read the full content of a newsletter.

We’ve Been Learning about MCC’s History
We’ve reached out to MCC Elders like Troy Perry, Nancy Wilson, Freda Smith, Don Eastman, and Lee Carlton to better understand the way that the original Statement of Faith was written and how it has changed over time. We’ve also read many of MCC’s historical documents.

We’ve Been Consulting with Outside Experts
During our first face-to-face meeting last year in Chicago, we also consulted with theologians, Bible scholars, liturgists, and graduate students from Chicago Theological Seminary and the University of Chicago Divinity School. These scholars have helped us to think more deeply about MCC, the larger Church, and the world.

We’ve Taken a Snapshot of MCC Practices and Beliefs around the World
Last year we conducted two surveys: one of individual MCC members and friends, and the other of MCC congregations around the world.

thought bubbleWe asked a series of questions about people’s experiences of the current Statement of Faith. Did you know we had one? How do you use it? What do you like about it? What causes you problems or concerns?

Some of you have expressed concern that the results of the survey would dictate what is included or excluded from MCC’s Statement of Faith. Others suggested that particular responses might serve as mandates for the Commission. Neither of these is actually the case.

The surveys are a part of the larger Descriptive Theologies Project launched by the MCC Theologies Team. They are descriptive because they help us to see what MCC members and congregations believe and how they actually work around the world. Our goal is to get a sense not only for what churches and individuals like, but also where we struggle. This helps us to identify areas that may require further teaching and conversation.

 

While the surveys provide us with an interesting snapshot of MCC,
we know the results are not perfect.

Though we sent an invitation to every MCC congregation to participate, only 25% of our churches responded. Likewise, we sent out an invitation to over 7,000 friends and members of MCC to participate in the survey of individual values and beliefs. The response rate was about 12%.

Many people didn’t know about the survey. Others were not able to participate for a variety of reasons. So while responses to the surveys provide useful information about a segment of MCC, they serve more as a diagnostic than a democratic process for determining the content of the revised Statement of Faith.

We’ve Been Building Our Mailing Lists
Everyone who provided a valid email address when responding to a survey was automatically subscribed to our newsletter. But we’ve deliberately targeted our communications to those who have subscribed to our mailing list.

You can help us reach more people by sharing this
message with your friends in MCC.

We will also be sharing more with MCC Headline News, but we will also keep asking people to subscribe to our newsletter. Our goal is to provide the information you need without sending too much to your mailbox.

We’ve Been Reflecting on Inclusivity
Accepting one another without requiring that everyone believes a certain teaching or holds a particular point of view has been one of MCC’s greatest strengths. The Commission has no intention of changing that.

In our earliest days, MCC shared about God, Gays, and the Gospel. Over time we’ve embraced many different sexualities, gender identities, and gender expressions. And this is still a work in progress.

MCC was born out of the pain of exclusion and a need to share God’s love with people in the margins. And yet we are not an exclusively gay church. Our congregations include not only LGBT people, but also members for whom questions about sexuality simply aren’t what draw them to MCC.

In the past we might have labeled straight members of MCC as “Allies,” but even this is no longer the case. An entire generation of children has come of age in MCC with new questions. Others have found relief from judgmentalism and narrow thinking they experience in other churches.

So while we are still very much a church concerned with the integration of spirituality and sexuality, we are also constantly challenged to expand our self-understanding in ways that are more and more inclusive.

diversityWe Seek Unity in our Diversity
A few of you have expressed fears that the Commission might produce a new Statement of Faith that would make it impossible for you to stay with MCC. We hear you. And we are committed to the same openness and inclusivity that MCC has valued throughout our history.

Some have expressed fears that a new Statement of Faith will demand that we give up cherished beliefs. Others are worried that we’ll try to enforce a standard orthodoxy. We won’t be proposing either of these extremes.

From our beginnings, MCC has included people who don’t agree on lots of theological issues. Yet our diversity has often proven to be one of our greatest strengths.

In MCC, we invite all people to participate in Holy Communion at God’s table. We baptize in a variety of ways. We understand the Atonement (or the work of Jesus Christ to reconcile the world to God) in a variety of ways, just as our Christian forebears have over the last two thousand years. We acknowledge that each human being is created in the image of God. And many of us have come to see God’s grace as it shines into places where it is least expected.

We have fought the temptation to demand allegiance to one particular Christian tradition, and we hold individual conscience as one of our highest values. We’re all on this journey together.

We Thank You for Your Comments and Prayers. We Ask You to Continue.
Many of you responded to our initial survey. You’ve replied to our newsletters. You’ve sent messages through the MCC website and through Facebook. And you’ve shared your ideas and your concerns in person. Your comments have been very helpful to us in understanding more deeply what we are charged to do. We encourage you to keep on sharing with us!

We are also grateful for the prayers that many of you have offered on behalf of our work. And we ask that you continue to remember us.

Ways You Can Get Involved

Here are some ways that you can be a part of the Commission’s continuing work:

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Was ist das mit dieser SÜNDE? (Wir mögen SÜNDE nicht) http://mccchurch.org/was-ist-das-mit-dieser-sunde-wir-mogen-sunde-nicht/ http://mccchurch.org/was-ist-das-mit-dieser-sunde-wir-mogen-sunde-nicht/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:12:20 +0000 http://mccchurch.org/?p=8881 SoF-Logo-GermanTheologies Team

 

Was ist das mit dieser SÜNDE? (Wir mögen SÜNDE nicht)

Der Newsletter ist in diesem Monat ein Gastbeitrag von einem Mitglied des
MCC Theologies Team, Kelby Harrison
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Als sich die Arbeitsgruppe zum Glaubensbekenntnis der MCC zum ersten Mal traf, verschickten wir einen Fragebogen an Freundinnen und Freunde und Mitglieder von MCC. Wir fragten nach Gedanken zu einem erneuerten Glaubensbekenntnis der MCC.

Hier ist der volle Bericht über die Antworten zu lesen.

In einem Teil des Fragebogens stellten wir die Frage:

Welche Themen sollten Deinem starken Gefühl nach NICHT in einem
erneuerten Glaubensbekenntnis der MCC enthalten sein
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Sechsunddreißig Prozent (36%) der Antwortenden sagten uns, dass das Thema Sünde nichtim erneuerten Glaubensbekenntnis der MCC enthalten sein sollte.
Diese Opposition gegenüber Sünde ergibt vollständig Sinn. Das Wort und das Konzept von Sünde wurden ungeheuerlich gegen LSBTTIQ Menschen eingesetzt, manchmal bis hin zum Tod. Und dennoch: in einer Religion, die auf einer persönlichen Beziehung zu Gott aufbaut, brauchen wir Möglichkeiten auszudrücken und anzuerkennen, wenn wir uns in dieser Beziehung ferne fühlen. Wir brauchen Sprache, die unsere spirituelle Entschlossenheit stärkt, nicht Sprache, die dazu benutzt wurde, um unseren Geist und unsere Liebe zu zerbrechen.
Wenn wir uns unsere Welt um uns herum anschauen, dann ist klar, dass die Dinge nicht immer großartig sind. MCC Gemeinden bestehen oft aus einer unproportionalen Anzahl von Menschen, die furchtbar gelitten haben. Manchmal aufgrund unserer Sexualität, unserer Geschlechtlichen Identität, oder dem Ausdruck unseres Geschlechtes, aber nicht nur deswegen. Viele sind arbeitslos, oder sind schlecht beschäftigt, fühlen sich alleine im Kampf gegen chronische Krankheit, oder es fehlt ihnen an den vielen Dingen, die andere für selbstverständlich erachten. Oder näher bei mir selber: Ich (Bryce) kenne meine eigenen Beschränkungen nur zu gut: Ein beinahe überwältigendes Bedürfnis alles alleine zu machen, ein kurz angebundenes Temperament, eine Tendenz Essen als Medikament für meine Gefühle zu benutzen… Was ist mit all dem?

Von der Diskussion über Sünde ganz zurückzuschrecken kann Schaden anrichten. Wie können wir prophetisch über Soziale Herausforderungen reden, oder sie angehen, ohne die Fähigkeit zu haben, die Ungerechtigkeiten in den Systemen zu benennen wie Rassismus, Sexismus, Benachteiligungen aufgrund der Lebenssituation, der persönlichen Fähigkeiten, des Alters, oder Heterosexismus? Wie können wir selber geheilt werden, ohne unsere eigenen Beschränkungen anzuerkennen?

Vielleicht liegt ein Teil des Meinungsunterschiedes in unserer Definition von Sünde. Die Bedeutung des griechischen Wortes für Sünde (hamartia) war das Ziel verfehlen. Dieses Konzept ist komplizierter als es auf den ersten Blick aussieht.

Ein Sünder muss ein Verständnis für eine moralische Rechtschaffenheit haben, ein Ziel sozusagen, und muss ein Verständnis für sein Zentrum haben. In der Geschichte des Christentums wurde dieses Ziel mit seinem Zentrum oft als Gesetz Gottes bezeichnet.

An manchen Punkten in ihrer Geschichte haben unsere jüdischen Geschwister Sünde als hauptsächlich gemeinschaftlich verstanden, wobei ein Mitglied fähig war, die ganze Gruppe zu verunreinigen. Christinnen und Christen haben oft einen Schwerpunkt auf die persönliche Sünde gelegt – unser Heil war in unseren eigenen Händen. In bestimmten Teilen der Christenheit (etwa der sog. Heiligkeitsbewegung) hat die gemeinschaftliche Sünde noch immer eine große Rolle.

Seit der frühen Christenheit hat das Konzept von “Sünde” sich in viele Ziele entwickelt, die meisten hängen (in der westlichen Tradition) an einem Hintergrund von “Ur-sünde”Verstehen wir Sünde als Laster; als Trennung von Gott, von uns selber, von anderen; als willentlichen Ungehorsam gegenüber Gott? Ist Sünde abhängig von unserem Willen, von unserer Schwäche oder von der Versuchung, oder einfach unabänderlich im Leben? Ist unsere letztgültige Beziehung zu Gott abhängig von Gottes Gnade oder nur eingebettet in unsere Taten?

Zeitgenössische christliche Theologen und Theologinnen haben moderne Sünden benannt: Rassismus, soziale Ungerechtigkeit, Schuld, sogar nicht-behandelte Depression. Die Ehe für alle wurde als Sünde abgewertet.

Das theologische Stigma der LSBTTIQ Gemeinschaft ist so oft das des “Sünders” Wie können wir angesichts dessen unser geliebt sein und unsere Gnade zurückfordern? Wie verstehen wir immer noch unsere eigenen moralischen Fehler in christlichen Begriffen?

Das gegenwärtige Glaubensbekenntnis der MCC enthält die folgenden Worte:

Wir sind aus Einsamkeit, Verzweiflung und Demütigung errettet durch Gottes Gnadengeschenk, … Dementsprechend soll die Gemeinschaft der Gläubigen eine betende sein; sie soll nach wahrer Vergebung trachten für unfreundliche, gedanken- und lieblose Taten; und ihr Leben soll dem Dienst als ChristInnen gewidmet sein.

Vielleicht ist das der Ort, von dem wir unsere Unterhaltung fortführen können. Das MCC Theologies Team hat zudem ein neues Kapitel unserer Holy Conversations 2 entwickelt. Wir laden ein, diese Ressource zu nutzen um in den lokalen MCCs über Sünde zu reden.

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Einige Gedanken zum Nachdenken.

Wir würden gerne von Euren Erfahrungen hören.   Schließt Euch der Diskussion auf unserer Facebook Seite an oder schickt uns eure privaten Antworten durch die MCC Webseite.


Diesen Monat interessieren wir uns besonders für die folgenden Fragen.

  • Wie beziehen sich Eure Erfahrungen von Gottesdienst in der MCC darauf, wie ihr die Aufgabe und Mission der MCC seht?
  • Erfahrt Ihr eine Verbindung zu dieser Aufgabe, wenn Ihr Gottesdienst feiert? Wenn ja, wie? Wenn nein, warum nicht?
  • Gibt es einen bestimmten Ritus oder eine Liturgie aus Eurer Erfahrung von MCC Gottesdienst, die ihr gerne erzählen und teilen wollt?

Ihr könnt gerne auch Eure Gedanken über das Glaubensbekenntnis der MCC mitteilen.
Wir freuen uns darauf, von Euch zu hören.

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Danke, dass Ihr Teil dieses Gedankenaustausches seid. Wir freuen uns darauf, diesen Dialog fortzuführen.

Eure Arbeitsgruppe zum Glaubensbekenntnis der MCC

Rev. Dr. Kelby Harrison

Rev. Dr. Kelby Harrison, Phd, ist ein Mitglied des MCC Theologies Team.

Bryce

 

 

Bryce E. Rich ist Mitglied der Arbeitsgruppe zum
Glaubensbekenntnis und Vorsitzender des
MCC Theologies Team
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¿Qué pasa con el PECADO? (No nos gusta el PECADO) http://mccchurch.org/que-pasa-con-el-pecado-no-nos-gusta-el-pecado/ http://mccchurch.org/que-pasa-con-el-pecado-no-nos-gusta-el-pecado/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:59:28 +0000 http://mccchurch.org/?p=8879 SoF-Logo-SpanishTheologies Team

¿Qué pasa con el PECADO? (No nos gusta el PECADO)

Este mes el boletín es co-escrito por un invitado que forma parte del
Equipo de Teologías de ICM, his Kelby Harrison.

Cuando la Comisión sobre la Declaración de Fe de ICM se reunió la primera vez, enviamos una encuesta a todas las personas Amigas y Miembros de ICM para pregutnar sobre lo que pensaban de una revisión de la Declaración de Fe de ICM. Puedes leer, si así lo deseas el reporte completo sobre las respuestas obtenidas.

Una de las preguntas fue: 

¿Qué temas sientes QUE NO DEBEN ser incluídos
en una revisión de la Declaración de Fe de ICM?

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En nuestra historia personal, todas las personas guardamos algo dentro de nosotras mismas acerca de cómo el Espíritu nos inspire en nuestro primer contacto con ICM. Personalmente, yo Héctor, puedo decir que fue la riqueza de la liturgia que al mismo tiempo ofrecía un servicio que era completamente libre, innovador, inclusivo y vivo el que capturó mi espíritu y mi emoción de querer ser parte de ICM. Debido a que mis antecedentes son de la tradición latinoamericana bien enraizada en la Teología de la Liberación, pude experimentar, en los servicios de adoración de ICM, la misma riqueza de las tradiciones de mis comunidades así como el sentirme libre de vivir la manifestación de mi fe. Fe y vida, para mí, sin dos fases de la misma realidad.  Treinta y seis por ciento (36%) de los que respondieron nos dijeron que el tema del pecado no debería ser incluído en una revisión de la Declaración de Fe de ICM.

Esta oposición al pecado tiene perfecto sentido. La palabra y el concepto de pecado han sido utilizados encontra de las personas LGBT, atrozmente, algunas veces hasta el punto de la muerte. Y todavía en una religión basada en la relación personal con Dios, necesitamos formas de articular y contar nuestro sentimiento por la distancia con esa relación. Necesitamos un lenguaje que fortalezca nuestra resolución espiritual, no un lenguaje que sea utilizado para aplastar nuestros espíritus y nuestro amor.

Mirando el mundo a nuestro alrededor, resulta claro que las cosas no siempre son buenas. Las congregaciones de ICM a menudo tienen un número desproporcionado de personas que han sufrido enormemente. A veces esto es debido a nuestra sexualidad, identidad de género o expresión de género, aunque no siempre sea así. Muchas personas están desempleadas o subempleadas, sentiéndose solas en el tratamiento de enfermedades crónicas, o carecen de muchas cosas que otras dan por sentado. Muy cerca de casa, yo (Bryce) estoy muy consciente de mis propias carencias: siento una necesidad compulsiva de hacerlo todo solo, una falta de temperamento, una tendencia a medicar mis sentimientos con la comida… ¿Qué pasa con estas cosas?

Eludiendo completamente discusión del pecado puede ser perjudicial. ¿Cómo podemos hablar proféticamente o practicar la justicia social sin poder nombrar las desigualdades sistémicas tales como el racismo, sexismo, el clasismo, capacitismo, discriminación y heterosexismo? ¿Cómo podemos nosotros ser curados si nos negamos a reconocer nuestros propios defectos?

Tal vez parte de la diferencia de opinión es nuestra definición de pecado. La comprensión griega de pecado (hamartia) carecer de la marca. Esta idea es más complicada de lo que parece a primera vista.

Un pecador debe tener conocimiento de la rectitud moral, un objetivo y tener conocimiento de su blanco. Sobre la historia del cristianismo ese objetivo junto con su blanco se ha referido a él a menudo como la ley de Dios.

En algunos momentos de su historia, nuestros hermanos judíos concibieron el pecado con una carga comunitaria, con uno de los miembros capaz de contaminar todo el grupo. Los cristianos han enfatizado a menudo el pecado personal – nuestra salvación estaba en nuestras manos. Aunque entre los del movimiento de santidad, el pecado comunitario todavía tiene un papel importante.

Desde el cristianismo primitivo, el concepto de pecado se ha desarrollado con muchos objetivos, pero que cuelga sobre un telón de fondo (en la tradición occidental) del pecado original. Hemos de entender el pecado como vicepresidente; como rompimiento con Dios, con nosotros mismos u otros; ¿como desobediencia intencional a Dios? ¿El pecado depende de nuestras intenciones, debilidad a la tentación, o simplemente es inevitable en la vida? ¿Nuestra relación definitiva con Dios depende de la gracia de Dios o está incrustada en nuestras acciones?

Los Teólogos Cristianos Contemporáneos han articulado los pecados modernos: racism, injusticia social, deuda, incluso una depresión no medicada. El Matrimonio Igualitario ha sido denunciado como pecado.

A menudo el estigma de la comunidad teológica LGBTQ es la de “pecador”. ¿Cómo elegimos reclamar nuestra falta de amor y gracia ante esto? ¿Cómo entendemos, todavía, nuestras deficiencias morales en términos cristianos?

La Declaración de Fe de ICM incluye las siguienes palabras:

Nos salvamos de la soledad, la desesperación y la degradación a través de la gracia de Dios… Además recomendamos a la comunidad de los fieles una vida de oración; buscar el genuino perdón por actos crueles, desconsiderados y al margen del amor; y a una vida comprometida con el servicio cristiano.

Tal vez este es un punto de partida para continuar nuestra conversación. El Equipo de Teologías de ICM también ha creado un nuevo capítulo para nuestras Conversaciones Santas 2 que les invitamos a utilizar en sus iglesias locales de ICM para hablar acerca del pecado.

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Algunas Preguntas a Considerar

Queremos conocer sus experiencias. Participen de nuestra conversación en nuestra Página de Facebook, o envíen un mensaje privado a través del sitio web de ICM. Pueden consultar el enlace en la parte de abajo.

Queremos escuchar sus experiencias. Participen de nuestra conversación en la página de Facebook o enviando una respuesta privada a través del sitio Web de ICM. Este mes estamos particularmente interesados en las siguientes preguntas:

  • Leer la cita tomada de la actual Declaración de Fe de ICM. ¿Qué pensamientos y sentimientos tienen acerca de la formulación actual?
  • ¿Cuándo te has sentido avergonzado por la forma de hablar sobre el pecado? ¿Esa forma de hablar tiene algún valor positive para ti?
  • Te invitamos a utilizar la Conversación Santa sobre el pecado de la cual compartimos el enlace. ¿Hay algunas observaciones emanadas de tu grupo de diálogo o estudio que (manteniendo la confidencialidad personal) te gustaría compartir con la Comisión?

También puedes compartir tus pensamientos sobre la Declaración de Fe de ICM.
¡Queremos escucharte!

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Gracias por ser parte de esta conversación. Esperamos poder continuar con el diálogo.

Su Comisión sobre la Declaración de Fe de ICM.

Rev. Dr. Kelby Harrison

Rev. Dr. Kelby Harrison

Reverendo Kelby Harrison, PhD, es miembro del Equipo de Teologías de ICM.

Bryce

Bryce E. Rich es miembro de la Comisión sobre la Declaración de Fe de ICM y Presidente del Equipo de Teologías de ICM.

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Uma Reflexão na Missão e Liturgia da ICM http://mccchurch.org/uma-reflexao-na-missao-e-liturgia-da-icm/ http://mccchurch.org/uma-reflexao-na-missao-e-liturgia-da-icm/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:43:59 +0000 http://mccchurch.org/?p=8878 SoF-Logo-PortugueseTheologies Team

Uma Reflexão na Missão e Liturgia da ICM

Por Rev. Obispo Héctor Gutiérrez & Rev. Dr. Candace R. Shultis

Na ICM, nós temos vivido um momento único de reflexão, análise, transição e profunda ação, guiada pelo Espirito de Deus que continua nos chamando para ser ICM “Seja ICM” no mundo. Nós viemos para ser parte dessa família que é a ICM de diferentes e variadas tradições e histórias, mas sem dúvida com uma convicção muito forte que a mesma missão nos mantém juntos: proclamando a radical e inclusiva mensagem do Evangelho.

Jesus, quando estava deixando Seus discípulos, deu a eles e a nós o que chamamos de Grande Comissão: “Ide por todo o mundo e fazei discípulos de todas as nações” (Mateus 28:19a). Quando a ICM foi fundada, Rev. Elder Troy D. Perry declarou que pregaríamos o Evangelho em 3 frentes: Cristo Salvador, Comunidade Cristã e Ação Social Cristã.

Nossa Declaração de Fé atual afirma, em parte: 

Fundada no interesse de oferecer um lar espiritual para todos os que confessam e acreditam… As Igrejas servem para trazer para todas as pessoas, Deus através de Cristo. Para este fim, é dever providenciar cultos regulares de adoração, oração, interpretação das Escrituras e edificação pelo ensino e pregação da Palavra.

Missão e adoração são o coração de quem nós somos. Aqueles que tem sido abençoados em visitar algumas de nossas igrejas locais em vários cantos do mundo podem ter a certeza ao falar que existe alguma coisa profunda que nos faz ICM. Mas ao mesmo tempo, cada uma de nossas igrejas locais são únicas. Mesmo em uma igreja local, podem existir 3 tipos de cultos de adoração, completamente diferentes um do outro.

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Na nossa historia pessoal, todos nós mantemos uma lembrança de como o Espírito nos inspirou no nosso primeiro contato com a ICM. Pessoalmente, eu, Héctor, posso dizer que foi a riqueza da liturgia ao mesmo tempo com a riqueza da adoração que é livre, inovativa, inclusiva e viva que capturou meu espirito e minha empolgação em querer ser parte da ICM. A minha bagagem anterior, é de uma tradição latino americana bem enraizada na Teologia da Libertação, eu pude experimentar, no culto de adoração da ICM, que a mesma riqueza das tradições das minhas comunidades eram tão livres para viver dentro da manifestação da minha fé. Fé e vida, para mim, duas faces da mesma realidade.  

Nós também temos uma abertura e vontade para transformar nosso espaço de adoração para diferentes atividades. Elas devem ser incluir musicas sacras, dance music, drag music e toda uma série de limitações dadas pelas nossas mentes. Talvez nós estamos tão confortáveis com esta maneira e como vemos, que é normal para nós, perdermos a oportunidade de pensar sobre isso. 

Nossa adoração é parte de nossa comunidade de vida, e uma manifestação da nossa missão e pela transformação da radical inclusão.

Uma das maiores forças da ICM é acima de tudo a experiência de vida no sacerdócio de todos os crentes. Na ICM, todas as pessoas podem dirigir qualquer adoração e cada um pode compartilhar suas próprias experiências de fé.
 
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Algumas questões para considerar

Nós gostaríamos de ouvir sobre suas experiências. Participe do nosso fórum na nossa página do Facebook, ou nos mande uma resposta privada pelo site da MCC. Segue os links abaixo.

Este mês, estamos particularmente interessados nas seguintes questões:

  • Como as suas experiências com adoração dentro da ICM relata seu entendimento com a missão da ICM?
  • Você experimenta uma conexão com a missão quando você adora? Se sim, como? Se não, porque não?
  • Você tem algum rito ou liturgia usada na sua experiência em adoração na ICM que você gostaria de compartilhar?

Você também pode compartilhar suas idéias sobre a Declaração de Fé.
Nós queremos ouvir de você!

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Obrigado por fazer parte da discussão. Queremos muito continuar esta conversa.

Sua Comissão da Declaração de Fé da ICM.

RevElderHector

Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez é membro da Comissão da Declaração de Fé da ICM. Ele também é membro da Comissão da Declaração de Fé da ICM. Ele também é Bispo da ICM e lidera o ministério da Iberoamerica como membro do equipe Senior de Liderança.

Rev. Dr. Candace R. Shultis

Rev. Dr. Candace R. Shultis é a  Presidente da Comissão de Declaração de Fé e Pastora Senior na ICM King of Peace em Saint Petersburg, Florida (EUA).

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Moderator of Global Metropolitan Community Churches Responds to Spray-painted Threat on Church Door http://mccchurch.org/moderator-of-global-metropolitan-community-churches-responds-to-spray-painted-threat-on-church-door/ http://mccchurch.org/moderator-of-global-metropolitan-community-churches-responds-to-spray-painted-threat-on-church-door/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:01:47 +0000 http://mccchurch.org/?p=8869 mcc

“Hate Is Not a Christian Value!” 

Moderator of Global Metropolitan Community Churches Responds to Spray-painted Threat on Church Door

 

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, which has ministries around the world. Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT faith delegation to meet with a sitting president in 1979. She became a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2011. 

 

Leaders of the global denomination, Metropolitan Community Churches, decried the spray-painted threat on the door of Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer in Augusta, Georgia, on the night of July 20, 2015.

 

“We are clear this is not just vandalism; this is life-threatening hatred. When people who cite chapter and verse to send others to hell, they are usually prepared to personally send you there,” said Global Moderator Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson. “It is sad that we have to remind people that hate is not a Christian value.”

 

SprayPaintOurRedeemer
 Vandals leave spray-painted messages of hate and violence at Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer, Augusta, Georgia, on July 20. A GoFundMe account has been established to repair the damage and purchase a security system. (photo by R. Sosbe).

 

“As an African American woman, I know that hate is hate. Whether it is the shooting of the Charleston nine, burning of churches, or spray-painted threats on church doors, the intent is to silence us with fear for our lives,” said the Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, Director of the Office of Emerging Ministries. “We will not be silent!  Silence will not protect us. It will only embolden those who use guns, torches, and spray paint because they have not opened themselves to the power of love.”

 

Rev. Rick Sosbe, Senior Pastor at Church of Our Redeemer, said, “In Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer here in Augusta, we believe that love is love and that all people are equal before God. After the U.S. Supreme Court decision that declared that the Constitution allows all people to marry the person they love, someone stole our rainbow flag from the front of the church. This spray-painted threat is an escalation of hostility and we are taking it very seriously.”

 

 

Send your love to MCC of Our Redeemer by adding your name 

to the Groundswell Sign On Campaign to advocate for a sanctuary space 

that is secure from hate and violence. 

 

If you can go the extra mile,

 make a donation for the repairs and the security system at:

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Leadership in Stewardship Listings Year-to-date, Jun 2015 http://mccchurch.org/leadership-in-stewardship-listings-year-to-date-jun-2015/ http://mccchurch.org/leadership-in-stewardship-listings-year-to-date-jun-2015/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:39:31 +0000 http://mccchurch.org/?p=8865 In these Stewardship Lists in which we recognize and congratulate MCC congregations for their achievements and leadership in generous giving and attendance. Below you will find 4 lists, each of which spotlights a particular aspect of Leadership in Stewardship for the year to date, as of Jun 2015.

These lists are prepared from deposit records and data supplied by churches in the monthly assessment reports they have submitted to MCC’s administrative offices.  All currency amounts are in US$ and data is current as of 20 Jul 2015


Leadership in Year-To-Date Generous In Faith Participation

Network Church City Country / State Pastor  # months reported   # months paid  GIF Rate
 North Central US Angels of Hope MCC  Kaukauna  US-WI Lay Led 6 6 3.0%
 Australasia  MCC Auckland  Auckland  NZ Rev. Doug McGee 6 6 1.7%
 Colorado / Nevada  MCC Family In Christ  Ft. Collins  US-CO Rev. Scott Johnson 6 6 0.9%
 Carolinas  St Jude’s MCC  Wilmington  US-NC Rev. John A McLaughlin 6 6 0.5%
 South Gulf Coast  MCC of New Orleans  New Orleans  US-LA Rev. Alisan Rowland 6 6 0.5%
 Pacific Northwest  Emerald City MCC Seattle  Seattle  US-WA Rev. Brian Hutchinson 6 6 0.5%
 Colorado / Nevada  MCC Montana  Great Falls  US-MT Rev. Micah G. Hartung 6 6 0.4%
 Europe  Northern Lights MCC  Newcastle  UK-GB Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston 6 5 0.4%
 Pacific Northwest  Liberating Spirit MCC  Boise  US-ID ILP Renee McCall 5 5 4.0%
 Carolinas  MCC Charleston  Charleston  US-SC Rev. Lorraine 5 5 1.5%
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC San Antonio  San Antonio  US-TX Rev. Mick Hinson 5 5 1.5%
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC Lubbock  Lubbock  US-TX Rev. Tony Thieman-Somora 5 5 1.5%
 Northeast US  MCC of the Spirit  Harrisburg  US-PA Rev. Lori-Jean E. Rivera 5 5 0.5%
 Australasia  MCC Melbourne  Melbourne  AU-VIC Sue Townsend 5 5 0.5%
 Northeast US  Imago Dei MCC  Gradyville  US-PA Rev. Dextor Brecht 5 5 0.5%
 Southwest US  Good Samaritan MCC  Whittier  US-CA Rev. Gina L. Chapman 3 3 2.0%

Leadership In Per Capita Giving (Year-To-Date)

Network Church City Country /State Pastor # months rptd  # months paid  Total Income per Capita  
 Central US East  New Creation MCC  Columbus  US-OH Rev. Margaret R. Hawk 6 6  $ 138.72
 Colorado / Nevada  MCC Montana  Great Falls  US-MT Rev. Micah G. Hartung 6 6  $ 71.27
 Central US East  Appalachian MCC  St. Albans  US-WV Rev. Michael Shields 6 6  $ 69.75
 Eastern US  Holy Redeemer MCC  College Park  US-MD Rev. David North 6 6  $ 59.25
 Eastern US  Open Door MCC  Boyds  US-MD Rev. Miller J Hoffman 6 6  $ 56.74
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC of El Paso  El Paso  US-TX Rev. Kati L Houts 6 6  $ 55.14
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC of Greater Dallas  Dallas  US-TX Rev. Colleen Darraugh 6 6  $ 53.35
 South Gulf Coast  MCC Corpus Christi  Corpus Christi  US-TX Rev. Pat Farnan 6 6  $ 48.70
 West Florida  Church of The Trinity MCC  Sarasota  US-FL Rev. Charles Tigard 6 6  $ 47.94
 West Florida  Gentle Shepherd MCC  Tallahassee  US-FL Rev. Elder Diane Fisher 6 6  $ 47.64
 North Central US  Milwaukee MCC  Milwaukee  US-WI Rev. Wendy Woodruff 6 6  $ 45.88
 Central US East  MCC Louisville  Louisville  US-KY Rev. Colleen Foley 6 6  $ 45.51
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  MCC Knoxville  Knoxville  US-TN Rev. Amy Lambert-Burns 6 6  $ 45.22
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  MCC of Our Redeemer  Augusta  US-GA Rev. Rick Sosbe 6 6  $ 43.72
 North Central US  Divine Peace MCC  Pontiac  US-MI Rev. Beth Rakestraw 6 6  $ 43.56
 South Gulf Coast  Resurrection MCC  Houston  US-TX Rev. Troy Plummer Treash 6 6  $ 43.10
 South Gulf Coast  MCC of New Orleans  New Orleans  US-LA Rev. Alisan Rowland 6 6  $ 42.68
 Heartland  First MCC of Kansas  Wichita  US-KS Jackie Carter 6 6  $ 41.71
 East Florida  Open Circle MCC  Oxford  US-FL Rev. James Lynch, Interim Pastor 6 6  $ 40.99
 Carolinas  MCC Sacred Journey  Hendersonville  US-NC Rev. Jane A Nelson 6 6  $ 39.60
 Southwest US  Resurrection Beach MCC  Costa Mesa  US-CA Robert Ty Bradley 6 6  $ 39.39
 Heartland  MCC Omaha  Omaha  US-NE Rev. Tom R Emmett III 6 6  $ 39.24
 Northeast US  Christ the Liberator MCC  Highland Park  US-NJ Rev. Dr. Thomas Bohache 6 6  $ 38.96
 Southwest US  Valley Ministries MCC  Stockton  US-CA Rev. Terri L. Miller 6 6  $ 38.67
 South Gulf Coast  MCC of Baton Rouge  Baton Rouge  US-LA Rev. A. Keith Mozingo 6 6  $ 37.86
 West Florida  Trinity MCC (FL)  Gainesville  US-FL Rev. Kathy Beasley 6 6  $ 37.45
 Pacific Northwest  Emerald City MCC Seattle  Seattle  US-WA Rev. Brian Hutchinson 6 6  $ 36.70
 Colorado / Nevada  MCC Family In Christ  Ft. Collins  US-CO Rev. Scott Johnson 6 6  $ 36.52
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC Amarillo  Amarillo  US-TX Rev. Bernie Barbour 6 6  $ 35.39
 West Florida  St. John the Apostle MCC  Ft. Myers  US-FL Rev. Stephen Filizzi 6 6  $ 35.30
 Carolinas  St Jude’s MCC  Wilmington  US-NC Rev. John A McLaughlin 6 6  $ 34.31
 Carolinas  St John’s MCC  Raleigh  US-NC Rev. Brendan Y. Boone 6 6  $ 33.97
 West Florida  MCC of Tampa  Tampa  US-FL Rev. Pressley Sutherland 6 6  $ 33.62
 Northeast US  MCC of the Lehigh Valley  Allentown  US-PA Rev. Elizabeth J Goudy 6 6  $ 33.14
 East Florida  FirstCoast MCC  St. Augustine  US-FL Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell 6 6  $ 32.69
 Central US East  LifeJourney MCC  Indianapolis  US-IN Rev. Jeff Miner 6 6  $ 29.52
 Colorado / Nevada  Pike’s Peak MCC  Colorado Springs  US-CO Alycia Erickson 6 6  $ 29.41
 North Central US  achurch4me? MCC  Chicago  US-IL Rev Jennie Kitch 6 6  $ 29.20
 East Florida  Church of Our Savior MCC  Boynton Beach  US-FL Rev. Jack Copes 6 6  $ 28.99
 North Central US  MCC Detroit  Ferndale  US-MI Rev. Roland Stringfellow 6 6  $ 27.49
 Eastern US  Shenandoah Valley MCC  Winchester  US-VA Rev. Gail Minnick 6 6  $ 27.01
 New Mexico / Texas  Exodus MCC  Abilene  US-TX Rev. Margaret Walker 6 6  $ 26.78
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  Our Hope MCC  Athens  US-GA Rev. Dr. Renee DuBose 6 6  $ 26.72
 North Central US  Heartland Community MCC  Springfield  US-IL Rev. Gina Durbin 6 6  $ 26.62
 West Florida  King of Peace MCC  St. Petersburg  US-FL Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis 6 6  $ 26.17
 New Mexico / Texas  Central Texas MCC  Waco  US-TX Rev. Charley Garrison 6 6  $ 26.05
 Southwest US  MCC San Diego  San Diego  US-CA Rev. Daniel Koeshall 6 6  $ 25.39
 Southwest US  Open Arms MCC (HI)  Pahoa  US-HI Rev. Dr. William H. Knight 6 6  $ 24.83
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  City of Light  Atlanta  US-GA Rev. Dr. T. Paul Graetz 6 6  $ 23.05
 Northeast US  Vision of Hope MCC  Mountville  US-PA Rev. Mary Bohacek 6 6  $ 22.73
 Northeast US  MCC Boston  Boston  US-MA vacant 6 6  $ 21.76
 Europe  Living Springs MCC  Bath  UK-GB vacant 6 6  $ 21.43
 Pacific Northwest  MCC of the Gentle Shepherd  Vancouver  US-WA Ken Kerr 6 6  $ 20.92
 North Central US  Angels of Hope MCC  Kaukauna  US-WI Lay Led 6 6  $ 20.56
 Europe  The Village MCC  Brighton  UK-GB Rev. Michael Hydes 6 6  $ 20.34
 Europe  Safe Harbour MCC  Torquay  UK-GB Rev. Maria Briggs 6 6  $ 17.82
 North Central US  MCC Peoria  Peoria  US-IL vacant 6 6  $ 15.64
 Europe  MCC North London  London  UK-GB Reverend Sharon Ferguson 6 6  $ 14.04
 North Central US  MCC of Flint

 Flint

 US-MI vacant 6 6  $ 12.75
 Australasia  MCC Auckland  Auckland  NZ Rev. Doug McGee 6 6  $ 12.33
 West Florida  Spirit of Life MCC  New Port Richey  US-FL vacant 6 6  $ 11.29
 East Florida  Sunshine Cathedral MCC  Ft. Lauderdale  US-FL Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins 6 6  $ 9.02
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Cristo Sanador  Rio Piedras  PR Rev. George Gonzalez Medrano 6 6  $ 6.37
 Europe  MCC Brighton  Brighton  UK-GB vacant 5 6  $ 45.04
 Southwest US  MCC of The Redwood Empire  Guerneville  US-CA Sharon Henry 5 6  $ 35.98
 West Florida  SunCoast Cathedral MCC  Venice  US-FL Rev. Vickie Miller 5 6  $ 32.95
 North Central US  Reconciliation MCC  Grand Rapids  US-MI Rev. Steph Maxson 6 5  $ 46.29
 Heartland  Spirit of Hope MCC  Kansas City  US-MO vacant 6 5  $ 30.23
 North Central US  MCC of the Quad Cities  Davenport  US-IA Rev. Rich Hendricks 6 5  $ 27.00
 Europe  Northern Lights MCC  Newcastle  UK-GB Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston 6 5  $ 26.09
 Canada  MCC London  London  CA-ON Rev. Bruce Lee 6 5  $ 23.70
 Australasia  MCC Good Shepherd  Granville  AU-NSW Rev. Robert Clark 6 5  $ 22.18
 Australasia  MCC Sydney  Sydney  AU-NSW Rev. Greg Smith 6 5  $ 19.09
 Eastern US  MCC of Northern Virginia  Fairfax  US-VA Rev. Dr. Danny Spears 5 5  $ 113.83
 Northeast US  Imago Dei MCC  Gradyville  US-PA Rev. Dextor Brecht 5 5  $ 110.89
 West Florida  New Day MCC of Naples  Naples  US-FL Rev. Dr. Stephanie A. Burns 5 5  $ 63.49
 Eastern US  New Light MCC  Hagerstown  US-MD Rev. Sherry Miller &
Rev. Kelly Crenshaw
5 5  $ 51.22
 Eastern US  New Life MCC of Hampton Roads  Norfolk  US-VA Rev. Mark Byrd 5 5  $ 48.79
 New Mexico / Texas  Trinity MCC (TX)  Arlington  US-TX Curtis Smith 5 5  $ 43.37
 Pacific Northwest  Liberating Spirit MCC  Boise  US-ID ILP Renee McCall 5 5  $ 42.58
 Eastern US  MCC Washington D.C.  Washington  US-DC J. Dwayne Johnson 5 5  $ 42.43
 Northeast US  MCC of the Spirit  Harrisburg  US-PA Rev. Lori-Jean E. Rivera 5 5  $ 38.12
 Heartland  MCC of Topeka  Topeka  US-KS vacant 5 5  $ 36.23
 Carolinas  Imani MCC  Durham  US-NC Rev. Marilyn O Bowens, Pastor 5 5  $ 36.03
 Carolinas  MCC Charlotte  Charlotte  US-NC Catherine Houchins 5 5  $ 34.14
 Central US East  MCC of Paducah  Paducah  US-KY Rev. Lillian Ferguson 5 5  $ 34.07
 Central US East  New Spirit – Spiritual Oasis Community  Cincinnati  US-OH Rev. Joy Simpson 5 5  $ 32.84
 Northeast US  MCC Hartford  Hartford  US-CT Rev. Aaron Miller 5 5  $ 31.71
 Heartland  MCC of Greater St. Louis  St. Louis  US-MO Rev. Wes Mullins 5 5  $ 31.27
 Southwest US  Water of Life MCC  Tucson  US-AZ Rev. James Burns 5 5  $ 29.40
 New Mexico / Texas  Agape MCC  Ft. Worth  US-TX Rev. S. David Wynn, Sr. 5 5  $ 28.98
 Carolinas  MCC Charleston  Charleston  US-SC Rev. Lorraine 5 5  $ 28.23
 East Florida  MCC Ocala  Ocala  US-FL Rev. Janice Bowker 5 5  $ 26.55
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC Lubbock  Lubbock  US-TX Tony Thieman-Somora 5 5  $ 24.92
 Southwest US  MCC Las Vegas  Las Vegas  US-NV Rev Wanda Floyd 5 5  $ 23.57
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC Albuquerque  Albuquerque  US-NM vacant 5 5  $ 22.07
 Northeast US  MCC New York  New York  US-NY Rev. Pat Bumgardner 5 5  $ 21.48
 East Florida  Joy MCC  Orlando  US-FL Rev. Terri S. Steed 5 5  $ 20.18
 Australasia  MCC Melbourne  Melbourne  AU-VIC Sue Townsend 5 5  $ 19.90
 Europe  MCC South London  London  UK-GB Rev. Dwayne Morgan 5 5  $ 19.51
 Southwest US  Founders MCC Los Angeles  Los Angeles  US-CA Rev. Elder Ken Martin 5 5  $ 19.20
 Europe  MCC East London  London  UK-GB Rev Jak Davis 5 5  $ 17.69
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC San Antonio  San Antonio  US-TX Rev. Mick Hinson 5 5  $ 17.34
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  The Rock MCC  Chattanooga  US-TN vacant 5 5  $ 15.23
 Africa  Good Hope MCC  Capetown  SA Pastor Beulah Durrheim 5 5  $ 10.54
 Pacific Northwest  MCC of Portland  Portland  US-OR Rev. Nathan Meckley 6 4  $ 35.89
 Australasia  CRAVE MCC  Sydney  AU-NSW Karl Hand 5 4  $ 22.52
 East Florida  MCC Key West  Key West  US-FL Rev. Steve Torrence 4 4  $ 73.69
 Southwest US  Peninsula MCC  San Mateo  US-CA Terri Echelbarger 4 4  $ 69.01
 Eastern US  MCC Rehoboth  Rehoboth Beach  US-DE Rev. Dr. Dusty Pruitt 4 4  $ 47.12
 Southwest US  MCC of the Coachella Valley  Cathedral City  US-CA Rev. Clinton Crawshaw 4 4  $ 33.02
 Heartland  All God’s Children MCC  Minneapolis  US-MN Rev. DeWayne Davis 4 4  $ 32.69
 West Florida  Holy Cross MCC  Pensacola  US-FL Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt 4 4  $ 29.96
 Central US East  Eternal Joy MCC  Dayton  US-OH Rev. Joy Simpson 4 4  $ 28.91
 New Mexico / Texas  Harvest MCC  Denton  US-TX Rev. Jeannie George 4 4  $ 23.73
 Colorado / Nevada  MCC of The Rockies  Denver  US-CO Rev. Jim Mitulski 4 4  $ 20.11
 New Mexico / Texas  Wichita Falls MCC  Wichita Falls  US-TX Rev. Mel Martinez 4 4  $ 19.54
 Europe  River of Life MCC  Dorchester  UK-GB vacant 3 4  $ 26.91
 Southwest US  A Church for All MCC  Sacramento  US-CA Rev. Doretha Williams-Flournoy 3 4  $ 15.14
 Canada  MCC Toronto  Toronto  CA-ON Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes 2 4  $ 18.38
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC Austin at Freedom Oaks  Austin  US-TX Rev. Karen Thompson 1 4  $ 46.55
 Eastern US  MCC Baltimore  Baltimore  US-MD Rev. Victoria L. Burson 6 3  $ 47.45
 South Gulf Coast  Joshua Generation MCC  Hattiesburg  US-MS Brandiilyne Dear 6 3  $ 12.91
 Canada  MCC of Windsor  Windsor  CA-ON Martha Daniels 5 3  $ 42.37
 Carolinas  MCC Winston-Salem  Winston-Salem  US-NC Ron LaRocque 4 3  $ 24.99
 Europe  communauté MCC Montpellier  Montpellier  FR M Alingry 4 3  $ 8.09
 Eastern US  MCC of the Blue Ridge  Roanoke  US-VA Rev. Joe Cobb 3 3  $ 32.49
 Southwest US  Good Samaritan MCC  Whittier  US-CA Rev. Gina L. Chapman 3 3  $ 30.64
 Pacific Northwest  River of Life MCC  Kenniwick  US-WA Rev. Janet Pierce 3 3  $ 21.93
 Europe  Salz der Erde MCC  Stuttgart  DE Rev. Axel Schwaigert 3 3  $ 9.29
 Eastern US  MCC Richmond  Richmond  US-VA Carolyn Mobley 5 2  $ 35.10
 North Central US  Holy Covenant MCC  Brookfield  US-IL Rev Tanya Guzman 2 2  $ 49.69
 Southwest US  MCC San Francisco  San Francisco  US-CA Rev. Robert K. Shively 2 2  $ 29.67
 Europe  MCC Köln  Köln  DE Ines-Paul Baumann 2 2  $ 23.24
 Southwest US  MCC Phoenix  Phoenix  US-AZ vacant 2 2  $ 17.89
 Colorado / Nevada  MCC of Pueblo  Pueblo  US-CO Rev. John Mark Hild 2 2  $ 16.49
 Northeast US  Open Arms MCC (NY)  Rochester  US-NY vacant 6 1  $ 31.48
 East Florida  MCC of the Palm Beaches  West Palm Beach  US-FL Rev. Dr. Lea Brown 4 1  $ 42.95
 Africa  MCC Nairobi  Nairobi  Kenya 1
 Europe  MCC Hamburg  Hamburg  DE Thomas Friedhoff 6  $ 47.49
 Northeast US  Whosoever MCC  Philadelphia  US-PA Jeffrey H. Jordan-Pickett 6  $ 40.00
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Buenos Aires  Buenos Aires  Argentina Gregorio Tobar 6  $ 2.83
 North Central US  MCC Illiana  Portage  US-IN Rev. Michael Cooper 5  $ 20.22
 Brasil  ICM Vitória  Capela  BR-Vitoria Rev. Eliana Ferreira Vilela 5  $ 3.25
 Brasil  ICM Belo Horizonte  Belo Horizonte  BR-MG Sandro Aurelio Silva Brasileiro 5  $ 1.17
 Brasil  MCC Paraná Brasil  Maringá  BR-Paraná Célio Camargo dos Santos 3  $ 3.16
 Europe  Journey MCC  Birmingham  UK-GB Rev Stephen Bentley 2  $ 35.79
 Asia / Pacific Islands  MCC Marikina  Marikina  PH Michael Jason M. Masaganda 2  $ 5.81
 Brasil  ICM Sao Paulo  Sao Paolo  BR-SP Cristiano Valerio Moreira 2  $ 5.62
 Southwest US  Wasatch MCC  Salt Lake City  US-UT Rev. Cindy Solomon-Klebba 1  $ 2.09
 Australasia  MCC Brisbane  Brisbane  AU-QLD
 Australasia  CRAVE MCC Christchurch  Christchurch  NZ
 Australasia  Church in Progress  South Auckland  NZ Emily Worman
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Tigre  Buenos Aires  Argentina David De Jesús De Pascual
 Brasil  ICM Baixada Fluminense  São João de Meriti  BR
 Brasil  ICM Cariri  Juazeiro do Norte  BR
 Brasil  ICM Joao Pessoa  Joao Pessoa  BR
 Brasil  ICM Bangú  Rio de Janeiro  BR
 Brasil  ICM Cabedelo  Cabedelo PB  BR-PB
 Brasil  ICM Rio – Comunidade Betel  Rio de Janeiro  BR-RJ
 Brasil  ICM Fortaleza
 Brasil  ICM Teresina
 Brasil  ICM Mairiporá  Mairiporá  Brasil
 Brasil  ICM Maceió  Maceió  Brasil
 Brasil  ICM Cuiabá  Cuiabá  Brasil
 Brasil  ICM Caixas do Sul  Caixas do Sul  Brasil
 Brasil  ICM Divinopolis  Mato Groso  Brasil
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Casa de Emmaus  Santiago  Chile
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Havana  Ciego de Avila  Cuba
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Dominican Republic  Santo Domingo  DR
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Brazos Abiertos  SantaTecla  El Salvador
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Honduras  Tegucigalpa  Honduras
Asia / Pacific Islands  Open Doors MCC  Seoul  Korea
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Casa de Luz  Monterrey  MX-NL
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Guadalajara  Guadalajara  MX-NL
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Cristo en Tí  Monterrey  MX-NL
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Misión Puebla  Puebla  MX-NL
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM DCD Uruguay  Montevideo  UY
Europe  Comunita cristiana “Agape” Firenze – Chiesa della Comunita Metropolitana  Florence  Italy
Europe  Internationale Roze Kerk  The Hague  Netherlands
 Europe  ICM Pan de Vida  Madrid  Espana
 Europe  Queersamfundet Olivträdet  Stockholm  Sweden Niklas Olaison
 Europe  MCC Bournemouth  Bournemouth  UK-GB Rev. Dwayne Morgan
 Europe  MCC Glasgow  Glasgow  UK-SC
 Africa  Glorious Light MCC  Pretoria  SA
 Africa  Hope and Unity MCC  Johannesburg  SA
 Africa  MCC Durban  Durban  SA
 Asia / Pacific Islands  MCC Philippines  Manila  PH
 Asia / Pacific Islands  MCC Quezon City  Quezon City  PH
 Asia / Pacific Islands  MCC Metro Baguio  Baguio  PH
 Asia / Pacific Islands  MCC Olangapo  Olangapo  PH
 South Gulf Coast  Cornerstone MCC  Mobile  US-AL
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  New Hope MCC  Montgomery  US-AL
 Southwest US  Christ Chapel MCC  Santa Ana  US-CA vacant
 Southwest US  MCC in The Valley  North Hollywood  US-CA Rev. Dr. Robert E. Shore-Goss
 Northeast US  MCC New Haven  New Haven  US-CT
 Eastern US  Empowerment Liberation Cathedral  Silver Spring  US-MD
 Central US East  MCC Elizabethtown  Elizabethtown  US-KY vacant
 Carolinas  New Life MCC  Charlotte  US-NC Rev. Dawn J Flynn
 Northeast US  MCC Pittsburgh  Pittsburgh  US-PA
 Pacific Northwest  New Heart MCC/UCC  Tacoma  US-WA
 Pacific Northwest  Rainbow Cathedral MCC  Yakima  US-WA
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  Ministerio Apostólico y Profético Emmanuel ICM  Cundinarama  Colombia Carlomagno Rincon Casallas

Leadership in Year-To-Date Contributions by Church Size

Family Size Churches (up to 50 average weekly attendees)

Network Church City Country /State Pastor # months rptd  # months paid  YTD Average Weekly Attendance Year-to-Date Contribution
 South Gulf Coast  MCC of New Orleans  New Orleans  US-LA Rev. Alisan Rowland 6 6 39  $ 5,286.41
 West Florida  Gentle Shepherd MCC  Tallahassee  US-FL Rev. Elder Diane Fisher 6 6 33  $ 4,664.35
 Eastern US  Open Door MCC  Boyds  US-MD Rev. Miller J Hoffman 6 6 32  $ 4,395.11
 Carolinas  MCC Sacred Journey  Hendersonville  US-NC Rev. Jane A Nelson 6 6 33  $ 4,061.32
 West Florida  Trinity MCC (FL)  Gainesville  US-FL Rev. Kathy Beasley 6 6 34  $ 3,664.32
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC Amarillo  Amarillo  US-TX Rev. Bernie Barbour 6 6 33  $ 3,430.96
 North Central US  Divine Peace MCC  Pontiac  US-MI Rev. Beth Rakestraw 6 6 32  $ 3,405.30
 Eastern US  Holy Redeemer MCC  College Park  US-MD Rev. David North 6 6 22  $ 3,116.31
 Colorado / Nevada  MCC Montana  Great Falls  US-MT Rev. Micah G. Hartung 6 6 14  $ 2,967.08
 North Central US  Milwaukee MCC  Milwaukee  US-WI Rev. Wendy Woodruff 6 6 30  $ 2,843.26
 Southwest US  Resurrection Beach MCC  Costa Mesa  US-CA Robert Ty Bradley 6 6 25  $ 2,835.88
 North Central US  Heartland Community MCC  Springfield  US-IL Rev. Gina Durbin 6 6 30  $ 2,647.45
 Pacific Northwest  Emerald City MCC Seattle  Seattle  US-WA Rev. Brian Hutchinson 6 6 25  $ 2,511.68
 South Gulf Coast  MCC Corpus Christi  Corpus Christi  US-TX Rev. Pat Farnan 6 6 26  $ 2,482.27
 Colorado / Nevada  MCC Family In Christ  Ft. Collins  US-CO Rev. Scott Johnson 6 6 22  $ 2,306.38
 Central US East  New Creation MCC  Columbus  US-OH Margaret R. Hawk 6 6 11  $ 2,294.58
 North Central US  achurch4me? MCC  Chicago  US-IL Rev Jennie Kitch 6 6 31  $ 2,118.21
 Northeast US  Vision of Hope MCC  Mountville  US-PA Rev. Mary Bohacek 6 6 31  $ 2,115.88
 New Mexico / Texas  Central Texas MCC  Waco  US-TX Rev. Charley Garrison 6 6 28  $ 2,098.64
 Northeast US  Christ the Liberator MCC  Highland Park  US-NJ Rev. Dr. Thomas Bohache 6 6 17  $ 1,860.99
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  Our Hope MCC  Athens  US-GA Rev. Dr. Renee DuBose 6 6 31  $ 1,624.35
 East Florida  Church of Our Savior MCC  Boynton Beach  US-FL Rev. Jack Copes 6 6 29  $ 1,616.82
 Southwest US  Open Arms MCC (HI)  Pahoa  US-HI Rev. Dr. William H. Knight 6 6 27  $ 1,579.20
 Eastern US  Shenandoah Valley MCC  Winchester  US-VA Rev. Gail Minnick 6 6 20  $ 1,357.40
 Pacific Northwest  MCC of the Gentle Shepherd  Vancouver  US-WA Ken Kerr 6 6 21  $ 1,288.44
 West Florida  Spirit of Life MCC  New Port Richey  US-FL vacant 6 6 39  $ 1,104.67
 Northeast US  MCC Boston  Boston  US-MA vacant 6 6 15  $ 973.15
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC of El Paso  El Paso  US-TX Rev. Kati L Houts 6 6 20  $ 846.96
 North Central US  MCC of Flint  Flint  US-MI vacant 6 6 20  $ 748.19
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Cristo Sanador  Rio Piedras  PR Rev. George Gonzalez Medrano 6 6 44  $ 736.79
 Europe  The Village MCC  Brighton  UK-GB Rev. Michael Hydes 6 6 16  $ 674.68
 Europe  Living Springs MCC  Bath  UK-GB vacant 6 6 10  $ 542.52
 Central US East  Appalachian MCC  St. Albans  US-WV Rev. Michael Shields 6 6 4  $ 379.32
 North Central US  Angels of Hope MCC  Kaukauna  US-WI Lay Led 6 6 5  $ 317.04
 North Central US  MCC Peoria  Peoria  US-IL vacant 6 6 8  $ 273.33
 Australasia  MCC Auckland  Auckland  NZ Rev. Doug McGee 6 6 4  $ 168.59
 Europe  Safe Harbour MCC  Torquay  UK-GB Rev. Maria Briggs 6 6 4  $ 93.71
 Southwest US  MCC of The Redwood Empire  Guerneville  US-CA Sharon Henry 5 6 20  $ 1,200.00
 Europe  MCC Brighton  Brighton  UK-GB vacant 5 6 10  $ 1,171.94
 North Central US  Reconciliation MCC  Grand Rapids  US-MI Rev. Steph Maxson 6 5 27  $ 2,505.98
 Canada  MCC London  London  CA-ON Rev. Bruce Lee 6 5 43  $ 2,235.38
 Europe  Northern Lights MCC  Newcastle  UK-GB Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston 6 5 38  $ 2,213.44
 Australasia  MCC Good Shepherd  Granville  AU-NSW Rev. Robert Clark 6 5 31  $ 1,894.01
 Eastern US  MCC of Northern Virginia  Fairfax  US-VA Rev. Dr. Danny Spears 5 5 30  $ 6,816.69
 Northeast US  Imago Dei MCC  Gradyville  US-PA Rev. Dextor Brecht 5 5 17  $ 3,693.12
 Heartland  MCC of Topeka  Topeka  US-KS vacant 5 5 41  $ 3,440.47
 New Mexico / Texas  Trinity MCC (TX)  Arlington  US-TX Curtis Smith 5 5 31  $ 3,327.45
 West Florida  New Day MCC of Naples  Naples  US-FL Rev. Dr. Stephanie A. Burns 5 5 15  $ 2,499.54
 Eastern US  New Light MCC  Hagerstown  US-MD Rev. Sherry Miller & Rev. Kelly Crenshaw 5 5 21  $ 2,096.97
 Pacific Northwest  Liberating Spirit MCC  Boise  US-ID ILP Renee McCall 5 5 16  $ 2,033.06
 Central US East  MCC of Paducah  Paducah  US-KY Rev. Lillian Ferguson 5 5 22  $ 1,700.85
 East Florida  MCC Ocala  Ocala  US-FL Rev. Janice Bowker 5 5 36  $ 1,517.39
 Australasia  MCC Melbourne  Melbourne  AU-VIC Sue Townsend 5 5 24  $ 1,396.25
 Northeast US  MCC Hartford  Hartford  US-CT Rev. Aaron Miller 5 5 33  $ 1,033.29
 Central US East  New Spirit – Spiritual Oasis Community  Cincinnati  US-OH Rev. Joy Simpson 5 5 13  $ 926.89
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  The Rock MCC  Chattanooga  US-TN vacant 5 5 29  $ 891.92
 Africa  Good Hope MCC  Capetown  SA Pastor Beulah Durrheim 5 5 26  $ 572.55
 Europe  MCC South London  London  UK-GB Rev. Dwayne Morgan 5 5 9  $ 449.80
 Carolinas  Imani MCC  Durham  US-NC Rev. Marilyn O Bowens, Pastor 5 5 27  $ 250.00
 Europe  MCC East London  London  UK-GB Rev Jak Davis 5 5 6  $ 247.25
 Australasia  CRAVE MCC  Sydney  AU-NSW Karl Hand 5 4 13  $ 588.50
 Southwest US  Peninsula MCC  San Mateo  US-CA Terri Echelbarger 4 4 36  $ 5,109.17
 Eastern US  MCC Rehoboth  Rehoboth Beach  US-DE Rev. Dr. Dusty Pruitt 4 4 44  $ 3,538.81
 Central US East  Eternal Joy MCC  Dayton  US-OH Rev. Joy Simpson 4 4 22  $ 1,037.03
 New Mexico / Texas  Harvest MCC  Denton  US-TX Rev. Jeannie George 4 4 32  $ 360.08
 New Mexico / Texas  Wichita Falls MCC  Wichita Falls  US-TX Rev. Mel Martinez 4 4 33  $ 139.55
 Europe  River of Life MCC  Dorchester  UK-GB vacant 3 4 12  $ 605.45
 South Gulf Coast  Joshua Generation MCC  Hattiesburg  US-MS Brandiilyne Dear 6 3 27  $ 383.57
 Canada  MCC of Windsor  Windsor  CA-ON Martha Daniels 5 3 9  $ 193.30
 Carolinas  MCC Winston-Salem  Winston-Salem  US-NC Ron LaRocque 4 3 27  $ 1,311.86
 Europe  communauté MCC Montpellier  Montpellier  FR M Alingry 4 3 7  $ 151.75
 Southwest US  Good Samaritan MCC  Whittier  US-CA Rev. Gina L. Chapman 3 3 28  $ 1,578.44
 Europe  Salz der Erde MCC  Stuttgart  DE Rev. Axel Schwaigert 3 3 28  $ 319.08
 Pacific Northwest  River of Life MCC  Kenniwick  US-WA Rev. Janet Pierce 3 3 14  $ 299.68
 North Central US  Holy Covenant MCC  Brookfield  US-IL Rev Tanya Guzman 2 2 35  $ 1,300.59
 Southwest US  MCC Phoenix  Phoenix  US-AZ vacant 2 2 34  $ 566.76
 Europe  MCC Köln  Köln  DE Ines-Paul Baumann 2 2 18  $ 306.13
 Colorado / Nevada  MCC of Pueblo  Pueblo  US-CO Rev. John Mark Hild 2 2 8  $ 132.62
 Northeast US  Open Arms MCC (NY)  Rochester  US-NY vacant 6 1 46  $ 129.90
 Africa  MCC Nairobi  Nairobi  Kenya   1  $ 80.00
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Buenos Aires  Buenos Aires  Argentina Gregorio Tobar 6 27
 Europe  MCC Hamburg  Hamburg  DE Thomas Friedhoff 6 9
 Northeast US  Whosoever MCC  Philadelphia  US-PA Jeffrey H. Jordan-Pickett 6 33
 Brasil  ICM Belo Horizonte  Belo Horizonte  BR-MG Sandro Aurelio Silva Brasileiro 5 18
 Brasil  ICM Vitória  Capela  BR-Vitoria Rev. Eliana Ferreira Vilela 5 8
 North Central US  MCC Illiana  Portage  US-IN Rev. Michael Cooper 5 21
 Brasil  MCC Paraná Brasil  Maringá  BR-Paraná Célio Camargo dos Santos 3 27
 Brasil  ICM Sao Paulo  Sao Paolo  BR-SP Cristiano Valerio Moreira 2 48
 Europe  Journey MCC  Birmingham  UK-GB Rev Stephen Bentley 2 16
 Asia / Pacific Islands  MCC Marikina  Marikina  PH Michael Jason M. Masaganda 2 7
 Southwest US  Wasatch MCC  Salt Lake City  US-UT Rev. Cindy Solomon-Klebba 1 6
 Australasia  MCC Brisbane  Brisbane  AU-QLD  
 Australasia  CRAVE MCC Christchurch  Christchurch  NZ  
 Australasia  Church in Progress  South Auckland  NZ Emily Worman
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Tigre  Buenos Aires  Argentina David De Jesús De Pascual
 Brasil  ICM Baixada Fluminense  São João de Meriti  BR  
 Brasil  ICM Cariri  Juazeiro do Norte  BR  
 Brasil  ICM Joao Pessoa  Joao Pessoa  BR  
 Brasil  ICM Bangú  Rio de Janeiro  BR  
 Brasil  ICM Cabedelo  Cabedelo PB  BR-PB  
 Brasil  ICM Rio – Comunidade Betel  Rio de Janeiro  BR-RJ  
 Brasil  ICM Fortaleza      
 Brasil  ICM Teresina      
 Brasil  ICM Mairiporá  Mairiporá  Brasil  
 Brasil  ICM Maceió  Maceió  Brasil  
 Brasil  ICM Cuiabá  Cuiabá  Brasil  
 Brasil  ICM Caixas do Sul  Caixas do Sul  Brasil  
 Brasil  ICM Divinopolis  Mato Groso  Brasil  
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Casa de Emmaus  Santiago  Chile  
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  Ministerio Apostólico y Profético Emmanuel ICM  Cundinarama  Colombia Carlomagno Rincon Casallas 4
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Havana  Ciego de Avila  Cuba  
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Dominican Republic  Santo Domingo  DR  
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Brazos Abiertos  SantaTecla  El Salvador  
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Honduras  Tegucigalpa  Honduras  
Asia / Pacific Islands  Open Doors MCC  Seoul  Korea  
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Casa de Luz  Monterrey  MX-NL  
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Guadalajara  Guadalajara  MX-NL  
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Cristo en Tí  Monterrey  MX-NL  
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Misión Puebla  Puebla  MX-NL  
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM DCD Uruguay  Montevideo  UY  
Europe  Comunita cristiana “Agape” Firenze – Chiesa della Comunita Metropolitana  Florence  Italy  
Europe  Internationale Roze Kerk  The Hague  Netherlands  
 Europe  ICM Pan de Vida  Madrid  Espana  
 Europe  Queersamfundet Olivträdet  Stockholm  Sweden Niklas Olaison
 Europe  MCC Bournemouth  Bournemouth  UK-GB Rev. Dwayne Morgan
 Europe  MCC Glasgow  Glasgow  UK-SC  
 Africa  Glorious Light MCC  Pretoria  SA  
 Africa  Hope and Unity MCC  Johannesburg  SA  
 Africa  MCC Durban  Durban  SA  
 Asia / Pacific Islands  MCC Philippines  Manila  PH  
 Asia / Pacific Islands  MCC Quezon City  Quezon City  PH

 

 Asia / Pacific Islands  MCC Metro Baguio  Baguio  PH  
 Asia / Pacific Islands  MCC Olangapo  Olangapo  PH  
 South Gulf Coast  Cornerstone MCC  Mobile  US-AL  
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  New Hope MCC  Montgomery  US-AL  
 Southwest US  Christ Chapel MCC  Santa Ana  US-CA vacant
 Southwest US  MCC in The Valley  North Hollywood  US-CA Rev. Dr. Robert E. Shore-Goss
 Northeast US  MCC New Haven  New Haven  US-CT  
 Eastern US  Empowerment Liberation Cathedral  Silver Spring  US-MD  
 Central US East  MCC Elizabethtown  Elizabethtown  US-KY vacant
 Carolinas  New Life MCC  Charlotte  US-NC Rev. Dawn J Flynn
 Northeast US  MCC Pittsburgh  Pittsburgh  US-PA  
 Pacific Northwest  New Heart MCC/UCC  Tacoma  US-WA  
 Pacific Northwest  Rainbow Cathedral MCC  Yakima  US-WA  

Pastor Size Churches (from 51 to 150 average weekly attendees)

Network Church City State Pastor # months rptd  # months paid  YTD Average Weekly Attendance Year-to-Date Contribution
 Carolinas  St John’s MCC  Raleigh  US-NC Rev. Brendan Y. Boone 6 6 89  $ 10,505.75
 West Florida  MCC of Tampa  Tampa  US-FL Rev. Pressley Sutherland 6 6 122  $ 10,372.53
 Carolinas  St Jude’s MCC  Wilmington  US-NC Rev. John A McLaughlin 6 6 88  $ 8,715.96
 North Central US  MCC Detroit  Ferndale  US-MI Rev. Roland Stringfellow 6 6 100  $ 8,604.36
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  MCC Knoxville  Knoxville  US-TN Rev. Amy Lambert-Burns 6 6 76  $ 7,985.88
 Heartland  MCC Omaha  Omaha  US-NE Rev. Tom R Emmett III 6 6 105  $ 7,803.71
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  MCC of Our Redeemer  Augusta  US-GA Rev. Rick Sosbe 6 6 60  $ 6,461.39
 Southwest US  Valley Ministries MCC  Stockton  US-CA Rev. Terri L. Miller 6 6 58  $ 6,280.38
 Heartland  First MCC of Kansas  Wichita  US-KS Jackie Carter 6 6 69  $ 6,256.93
 Central US East  MCC Louisville  Louisville  US-KY Rev. Colleen Foley 6 6 50  $ 6,193.36
 West Florida  St. John the Apostle MCC  Ft. Myers  US-FL Rev. Stephen Filizzi 6 6 99  $ 5,814.02
 South Gulf Coast  MCC of Baton Rouge  Baton Rouge  US-LA Rev. A. Keith Mozingo 6 6 63  $ 5,549.80
 New Mexico / Texas  Exodus MCC  Abilene  US-TX Rev. Margaret Walker 6 6 63  $ 5,202.35
 East Florida  Open Circle MCC  Oxford  US-FL Rev. James Lynch, Interim Pastor 6 6 55  $ 5,098.32
 Colorado / Nevada  Pike’s Peak MCC  Colorado Springs  US-CO Alycia Erickson 6 6 65  $ 4,889.15
 East Florida  FirstCoast MCC  St. Augustine  US-FL Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell 6 6 72  $ 4,881.97
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  City of Light  Atlanta  US-GA Rev. Dr. T. Paul Graetz 6 6 94  $ 2,809.26
 Northeast US  MCC of the Lehigh Valley  Allentown  US-PA Rev. Elizabeth J Goudy 6 6 83  $ 1,434.26
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC of Greater Dallas  Dallas  US-TX Rev. Colleen Darraugh 6 6 56  $ 1,318.99
 Europe  MCC North London  London  UK-GB Reverend Sharon Ferguson 6 6 87  $ 949.17
 West Florida  SunCoast Cathedral MCC  Venice  US-FL Rev. Vickie Miller 5 6 96  $ 8,074.08
 Australasia  MCC Sydney  Sydney  AU-NSW Rev. Greg Smith 6 5 84  $ 3,943.93
 North Central US  MCC of the Quad Cities  Davenport  US-IA Rev. Rich Hendricks 6 5 67  $ 3,008.79
 Heartland  Spirit of Hope MCC  Kansas City  US-MO vacant 6 5 91  $ 989.11
 Eastern US  New Life MCC of Hampton Roads  Norfolk  US-VA Rev. Mark Byrd 5 5 59  $ 6,910.12
 Northeast US  MCC of the Spirit  Harrisburg  US-PA Rev. Lori-Jean E. Rivera 5 5 63  $ 5,760.19
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC San Antonio  San Antonio  US-TX Rev. Mick Hinson 5 5 125  $ 5,720.62
 Carolinas  MCC Charleston  Charleston  US-SC Rev. Lorraine 5 5 73  $ 5,488.98
 Carolinas  MCC Charlotte  Charlotte  US-NC Catherine Houchins 5 5 71  $ 5,190.06
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC Lubbock  Lubbock  US-TX Tony Thieman-Somora 5 5 74  $ 4,995.93
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC Albuquerque  Albuquerque  US-NM   5 5 88  $ 4,811.87
 Southwest US  Water of Life MCC  Tucson  US-AZ Rev. James Burns 5 5 51  $ 3,757.24
 Southwest US  MCC Las Vegas  Las Vegas  US-NV Rev Wanda Floyd 5 5 116  $ 3,179.50
 New Mexico / Texas  Agape MCC  Ft. Worth  US-TX Rev. S. David Wynn, Sr. 5 5 67  $ 2,578.91
 Pacific Northwest  MCC of Portland  Portland  US-OR Rev. Nathan Meckley 6 4 104  $ 4,550.00
 Southwest US  MCC of the Coachella Valley  Cathedral City  US-CA Rev. Clinton Crawshaw 4 4 76  $ 4,800.27
 East Florida  MCC Key West  Key West  US-FL Rev. Steve Torrence 4 4 57  $ 3,702.06
 Colorado / Nevada  MCC of The Rockies  Denver  US-CO Jim Mitulski 4 4 139  $ 1,521.93
 Southwest US  A Church for All MCC  Sacramento  US-CA Rev. Doretha Williams-Flournoy 3 4 50  $ 400.00
 Eastern US  MCC Baltimore  Baltimore  US-MD Rev. Victoria L. Burson 6 3 55  $ 2,145.01
 Eastern US  MCC of the Blue Ridge  Roanoke  US-VA Rev. Joe Cobb 3 3 56  $ 1,790.12
 Eastern US  MCC Richmond  Richmond  US-VA Carolyn Mobley 5 2 68  $ 1,200.00
 Southwest US  MCC San Francisco  San Francisco  US-CA Rev. Robert K. Shively 2 2 84  $ 2,255.22

Program Size Churches (from 151 to 350 average weekly attendees)

Network Church City State Pastor # months rptd  # months paid  YTD Average Weekly Attendance Year-to-Date Contribution
 West Florida  King of Peace MCC  St. Petersburg  US-FL Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis 6 6 307  $ 22,565.56
 West Florida  Church of The Trinity MCC  Sarasota  US-FL Rev. Charles Tigard 6 6 154  $ 19,585.70
 Southwest US  MCC San Diego  San Diego  US-CA Rev. Daniel Koeshall 6 6 200  $ 14,648.68
 Eastern US  MCC Washington D.C.  Washington  US-DC J. Dwayne Johnson 5 5 187  $ 13,537.54
 Southwest US  Founders MCC Los Angeles  Los Angeles  US-CA Rev. Elder Ken Martin 5 5 298  $ 11,072.61
 East Florida  Joy MCC  Orlando  US-FL Rev. Terri S. Steed 5 5 235  $ 9,265.93
 Heartland  MCC of Greater St. Louis  St. Louis  US-MO Rev. Wes Mullins 5 5 206  $ 7,577.09
 Northeast US  MCC New York  New York  US-NY Rev. Pat Bumgardner 5 5 244  $ 2,287.35
 West Florida  Holy Cross MCC  Pensacola  US-FL Dr Rev Jim Merritt 4 4 167  $ 8,920.54
 Heartland  All God’s Children MCC  Minneapolis  US-MN Rev. DeWayne Davis 4 4 170  $ 8,406.58
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC Austin at Freedom Oaks  Austin  US-TX Rev. Karen Thompson 1 4 236  $ 7,261.32
 East Florida  MCC of the Palm Beaches  West Palm Beach  US-FL Rev. Dr. Lea Brown 4 1 156  $ 9,964.48

Corporate Size Churches (over 350 average weekly attendees)

Network Church City State Pastor # months rptd  # months paid  YTD Average Weekly Attendance Year-to-Date Contribution
 Central US East  LifeJourney MCC  Indianapolis  US-IN Rev. Jeff Miner 6 6 389  $ 27,924.45
 East Florida  Sunshine Cathedral MCC  Ft. Lauderdale  US-FL Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins 6 6 490  $ 8,894.36
 South Gulf Coast  Resurrection MCC  Houston  US-TX Rev. Troy Plummer Treash 6 6 409  $ 7,910.79
 Canada  MCC Toronto  Toronto  CA-ON Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes 2 4 536  $ 16,365.81

Leadership in Average Weekly Attendance

Network Church City Country /State Pastor  # months rptd   # months spaid   YTD Average Weekly Attendance 
 East Florida  Sunshine Cathedral MCC  Ft. Lauderdale  US-FL Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins 6 6 490
 South Gulf Coast  Resurrection MCC  Houston  US-TX Rev. Troy Plummer Treash 6 6 409
 Central US East  LifeJourney MCC  Indianapolis  US-IN Rev. Jeff Miner 6 6 389
 West Florida  King of Peace MCC  St. Petersburg  US-FL Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis 6 6 307
 Southwest US  MCC San Diego  San Diego  US-CA Rev. Daniel Koeshall 6 6 200
 West Florida  Church of The Trinity MCC  Sarasota  US-FL Rev. Charles Tigard 6 6 154
 West Florida  MCC of Tampa  Tampa  US-FL Rev. Pressley Sutherland 6 6 122
 Heartland  MCC Omaha  Omaha  US-NE Rev. Tom R Emmett III 6 6 105
 North Central US  MCC Detroit  Ferndale  US-MI Rev. Roland Stringfellow 6 6 100
 West Florida  St. John the Apostle MCC  Ft. Myers  US-FL Rev. Stephen Filizzi 6 6 99
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  City of Light  Atlanta  US-GA Rev. Dr. T. Paul Graetz 6 6 94
 Carolinas  St John’s MCC  Raleigh  US-NC Rev. Brendan Y. Boone 6 6 89
 Carolinas  St Jude’s MCC  Wilmington  US-NC Rev. John A McLaughlin 6 6 88
 Europe  MCC North London  London  UK-GB Reverend Sharon Ferguson 6 6 87
 Northeast US  MCC of the Lehigh Valley  Allentown  US-PA Rev. Elizabeth J Goudy 6 6 83
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  MCC Knoxville  Knoxville  US-TN Rev. Amy Lambert-Burns 6 6 76
 East Florida  FirstCoast MCC  St. Augustine  US-FL Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell 6 6 72
 Heartland  First MCC of Kansas  Wichita  US-KS Jackie Carter 6 6 69
 Colorado / Nevada  Pike’s Peak MCC  Colorado Springs  US-CO Alycia Erickson 6 6 65
 South Gulf Coast  MCC of Baton Rouge  Baton Rouge  US-LA Rev. A. Keith Mozingo 6 6 63
 New Mexico / Texas  Exodus MCC  Abilene  US-TX Rev. Margaret Walker 6 6 63
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  MCC of Our Redeemer  Augusta  US-GA Rev. Rick Sosbe 6 6 60
 Southwest US  Valley Ministries MCC  Stockton  US-CA Rev. Terri L. Miller 6 6 58
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC of Greater Dallas  Dallas  US-TX Rev. Colleen Darraugh 6 6 56
 East Florida  Open Circle MCC  Oxford  US-FL Rev. James Lynch, Interim Pastor 6 6 55
 Central US East  MCC Louisville  Louisville  US-KY Rev. Colleen Foley 6 6 50
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Cristo Sanador  Rio Piedras  PR Rev. George Gonzalez Medrano 6 6 44
 West Florida  Spirit of Life MCC  New Port Richey  US-FL vacant 6 6 39
 South Gulf Coast  MCC of New Orleans  New Orleans  US-LA Rev. Alisan Rowland 6 6 39
 West Florida  Trinity MCC (FL)  Gainesville  US-FL Rev. Kathy Beasley 6 6 34
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC Amarillo  Amarillo  US-TX Rev. Bernie Barbour 6 6 33
 Carolinas  MCC Sacred Journey  Hendersonville  US-NC Rev. Jane A Nelson 6 6 33
 West Florida  Gentle Shepherd MCC  Tallahassee  US-FL Rev. Elder Diane Fisher 6 6 33
 North Central US  Divine Peace MCC  Pontiac  US-MI Rev. Beth Rakestraw 6 6 32
 Eastern US  Open Door MCC  Boyds  US-MD Rev. Miller J Hoffman 6 6 32
 Northeast US  Vision of Hope MCC  Mountville  US-PA Rev. Mary Bohacek 6 6 31
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  Our Hope MCC  Athens  US-GA Rev. Dr. Renee DuBose 6 6 31
 North Central US  achurch4me? MCC  Chicago  US-IL Rev Jennie Kitch 6 6 31
 North Central US  Heartland Community MCC  Springfield  US-IL Rev. Gina Durbin 6 6 30
 North Central US  Milwaukee MCC  Milwaukee  US-WI Rev. Wendy Woodruff 6 6 30
 East Florida  Church of Our Savior MCC  Boynton Beach  US-FL Rev. Jack Copes 6 6 29
 New Mexico / Texas  Central Texas MCC  Waco  US-TX Rev. Charley Garrison 6 6 28
 Southwest US  Open Arms MCC (HI)  Pahoa  US-HI Rev. Dr. William H. Knight 6 6 27
 South Gulf Coast  MCC Corpus Christi  Corpus Christi  US-TX Rev. Pat Farnan 6 6 26
 Southwest US  Resurrection Beach MCC  Costa Mesa  US-CA Robert Ty Bradley 6 6 25
 Pacific Northwest  Emerald City MCC Seattle  Seattle  US-WA Rev. Brian Hutchinson 6 6 25
 Colorado / Nevada  MCC Family In Christ  Ft. Collins  US-CO Rev. Scott Johnson 6 6 22
 Eastern US  Holy Redeemer MCC  College Park  US-MD Rev. David North 6 6 22
 Pacific Northwest  MCC of the Gentle Shepherd  Vancouver  US-WA Ken Kerr 6 6 21
 North Central US  MCC of Flint  Flint  US-MI vacant 6 6 20
 Eastern US  Shenandoah Valley MCC  Winchester  US-VA Rev. Gail Minnick 6 6 20
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC of El Paso  El Paso  US-TX Rev. Kati L Houts 6 6 20
 Northeast US  Christ the Liberator MCC  Highland Park  US-NJ Rev. Dr. Thomas Bohache 6 6 17
 Europe  The Village MCC  Brighton  UK-GB Rev. Michael Hydes 6 6 16
 Northeast US  MCC Boston  Boston  US-MA vacant 6 6 15
 Colorado / Nevada  MCC Montana  Great Falls  US-MT Rev. Micah G. Hartung 6 6 14
 Central US East  New Creation MCC  Columbus  US-OH Margaret R. Hawk 6 6 11
 Europe  Living Springs MCC  Bath  UK-GB vacant 6 6 10
 North Central US  MCC Peoria  Peoria  US-IL vacant 6 6 8
 North Central US  Angels of Hope MCC  Kaukauna  US-WI Lay Led 6 6 5
 Central US East  Appalachian MCC  St. Albans  US-WV Rev. Michael Shields 6 6 4
 Australasia  MCC Auckland  Auckland  NZ Rev. Doug McGee 6 6 4
 Europe  Safe Harbour MCC  Torquay  UK-GB Rev. Maria Briggs 6 6 4
 West Florida  SunCoast Cathedral MCC  Venice  US-FL Rev. Vickie Miller 5 6 96
 Southwest US  MCC of The Redwood Empire  Guerneville  US-CA Sharon Henry 5 6 20
 Europe  MCC Brighton  Brighton  UK-GB vacant 5 6 10
 Heartland  Spirit of Hope MCC  Kansas City  US-MO vacant 6 5 91
 Australasia  MCC Sydney  Sydney  AU-NSW Rev. Greg Smith 6 5 84
 North Central US  MCC of the Quad Cities  Davenport  US-IA Rev. Rich Hendricks 6 5 67
 Canada  MCC London  London  CA-ON Rev. Bruce Lee 6 5 43
 Europe  Northern Lights MCC  Newcastle  UK-GB Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston 6 5 38
 Australasia  MCC Good Shepherd  Granville  AU-NSW Rev. Robert Clark 6 5 31
 North Central US  Reconciliation MCC  Grand Rapids  US-MI Rev. Steph Maxson 6 5 27
 Southwest US  Founders MCC Los Angeles  Los Angeles  US-CA Rev. Elder Ken Martin 5 5 298
 Northeast US  MCC New York  New York  US-NY Rev. Pat Bumgardner 5 5 244
 East Florida  Joy MCC  Orlando  US-FL Rev. Terri S. Steed 5 5 235
 Heartland  MCC of Greater St. Louis  St. Louis  US-MO Rev. Wes Mullins 5 5 206
 Eastern US  MCC Washington D.C.  Washington  US-DC J. Dwayne Johnson 5 5 187
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC San Antonio  San Antonio  US-TX Rev. Mick Hinson 5 5 125
 Southwest US  MCC Las Vegas  Las Vegas  US-NV Rev Wanda Floyd 5 5 116
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC Albuquerque  Albuquerque  US-NM   5 5 88
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC Lubbock  Lubbock  US-TX Tony Thieman-Somora 5 5 74
 Carolinas  MCC Charleston  Charleston  US-SC Rev. Lorraine 5 5 73
 Carolinas  MCC Charlotte  Charlotte  US-NC Catherine Houchins 5 5 71
 New Mexico / Texas  Agape MCC  Ft. Worth  US-TX Rev. S. David Wynn, Sr. 5 5 67
 Northeast US  MCC of the Spirit  Harrisburg  US-PA Rev. Lori-Jean E. Rivera 5 5 63
 Eastern US  New Life MCC of Hampton Roads  Norfolk  US-VA Rev. Mark Byrd 5 5 59
 Southwest US  Water of Life MCC  Tucson  US-AZ Rev. James Burns 5 5 51
 Heartland  MCC of Topeka  Topeka  US-KS vacant 5 5 41
 East Florida  MCC Ocala  Ocala  US-FL Rev. Janice Bowker 5 5 36
 Northeast US  MCC Hartford  Hartford  US-CT Rev. Aaron Miller 5 5 33
 New Mexico / Texas  Trinity MCC (TX)  Arlington  US-TX Curtis Smith 5 5 31
 Eastern US  MCC of Northern Virginia  Fairfax  US-VA Rev. Dr. Danny Spears 5 5 30
 Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama  The Rock MCC  Chattanooga  US-TN vacant 5 5 29
 Carolinas  Imani MCC  Durham  US-NC Rev. Marilyn O Bowens, Pastor 5 5 27
 Africa  Good Hope MCC  Capetown  SA Pastor Beulah Durrheim 5 5 26
 Australasia  MCC Melbourne  Melbourne  AU-VIC Sue Townsend 5 5 24
 Central US East  MCC of Paducah  Paducah  US-KY Rev. Lillian Ferguson 5 5 22
 Eastern US  New Light MCC  Hagerstown  US-MD Rev. Sherry Miller & Rev. Kelly Crenshaw 5 5 21
 Northeast US  Imago Dei MCC  Gradyville  US-PA Rev. Dextor Brecht 5 5 17
 Pacific Northwest  Liberating Spirit MCC  Boise  US-ID ILP Renee McCall 5 5 16
 West Florida  New Day MCC of Naples  Naples  US-FL Rev. Dr. Stephanie A. Burns 5 5 15
 Central US East  New Spirit – Spiritual Oasis Community  Cincinnati  US-OH Rev. Joy Simpson 5 5 13
 Europe  MCC South London  London  UK-GB Rev. Dwayne Morgan 5 5 9
 Europe  MCC East London  London  UK-GB Rev Jak Davis 5 5 6
 Pacific Northwest  MCC of Portland  Portland  US-OR Rev. Nathan Meckley 6 4 104
 Australasia  CRAVE MCC  Sydney  AU-NSW Karl Hand 5 4 13
 Heartland  All God’s Children MCC  Minneapolis  US-MN Rev. DeWayne Davis 4 4 170
 West Florida  Holy Cross MCC  Pensacola  US-FL Dr Rev Jim Merritt 4 4 167
 Colorado / Nevada  MCC of The Rockies  Denver  US-CO Jim Mitulski 4 4 139
 Southwest US  MCC of the Coachella Valley  Cathedral City  US-CA Rev. Clinton Crawshaw 4 4 76
 East Florida  MCC Key West  Key West  US-FL Rev. Steve Torrence 4 4 57
 Eastern US  MCC Rehoboth  Rehoboth Beach  US-DE Rev. Dr. Dusty Pruitt 4 4 44
 Southwest US  Peninsula MCC  San Mateo  US-CA Terri Echelbarger 4 4 36
 New Mexico / Texas  Wichita Falls MCC  Wichita Falls  US-TX Rev. Mel Martinez 4 4 33
 New Mexico / Texas  Harvest MCC  Denton  US-TX Rev. Jeannie George 4 4 32
 Central US East  Eternal Joy MCC  Dayton  US-OH Rev. Joy Simpson 4 4 22
 Southwest US  A Church for All MCC  Sacramento  US-CA Rev. Doretha Williams-Flournoy 3 4 50
 Europe  River of Life MCC  Dorchester  UK-GB vacant 3 4 12
 Canada  MCC Toronto  Toronto  CA-ON Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes 2 4 536
 New Mexico / Texas  MCC Austin at Freedom Oaks  Austin  US-TX Rev. Karen Thompson 1 4 236
 Eastern US  MCC Baltimore  Baltimore  US-MD Rev. Victoria L. Burson 6 3 55
 South Gulf Coast  Joshua Generation MCC  Hattiesburg  US-MS Brandiilyne Dear 6 3 27
 Canada  MCC of Windsor  Windsor  CA-ON Martha Daniels 5 3 9
 Carolinas  MCC Winston-Salem  Winston-Salem  US-NC Ron LaRocque 4 3 27
 Europe  communauté MCC Montpellier  Montpellier  FR M Alingry 4 3 7
 Eastern US  MCC of the Blue Ridge  Roanoke  US-VA Rev. Joe Cobb 3 3 56
 Southwest US  Good Samaritan MCC  Whittier  US-CA Rev. Gina L. Chapman 3 3 28
 Europe  Salz der Erde MCC  Stuttgart  DE Rev. Axel Schwaigert 3 3 28
 Pacific Northwest  River of Life MCC  Kenniwick  US-WA Rev. Janet Pierce 3 3 14
 Eastern US  MCC Richmond  Richmond  US-VA Carolyn Mobley 5 2 68
 Southwest US  MCC San Francisco  San Francisco  US-CA Rev. Robert K. Shively 2 2 84
 North Central US  Holy Covenant MCC  Brookfield  US-IL Rev Tanya Guzman 2 2 35
 Southwest US  MCC Phoenix  Phoenix  US-AZ vacant 2 2 34
 Europe  MCC Köln  Köln  DE Ines-Paul Baumann 2 2 18
 Colorado / Nevada  MCC of Pueblo  Pueblo  US-CO Rev. John Mark Hild 2 2 8
 Northeast US  Open Arms MCC (NY)  Rochester  US-NY vacant 6 1 46
 East Florida  MCC of the Palm Beaches  West Palm Beach  US-FL Rev. Dr. Lea Brown 4 1 156
 Northeast US  Whosoever MCC  Philadelphia  US-PA Jeffrey H. Jordan-Pickett 6 33
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Buenos Aires  Buenos Aires  Argentina Gregorio Tobar 6 27
 Europe  MCC Hamburg  Hamburg  DE Thomas Friedhoff 6 9
 North Central US  MCC Illiana  Portage  US-IN Rev. Michael Cooper 5 21
 Brasil  ICM Belo Horizonte  Belo Horizonte  BR-MG Sandro Aurelio Silva Brasileiro 5 18
 Brasil  ICM Vitória  Capela  BR-Vitoria Rev. Eliana Ferreira Vilela 5 8
 Brasil  MCC Paraná Brasil  Maringá  BR-Paraná Célio Camargo dos Santos 3 27
 Brasil  ICM Sao Paulo  Sao Paolo  BR-SP Cristiano Valerio Moreira 2 48
 Europe  Journey MCC  Birmingham  UK-GB Rev Stephen Bentley 2 16
 Asia / Pacific Islands  MCC Marikina  Marikina  PH Michael Jason M. Masaganda 2 7
 Southwest US  Wasatch MCC  Salt Lake City  US-UT Rev. Cindy Solomon-Klebba 1 6
 Iberoamerica / Caribbean  Ministerio Apostólico y Profético Emmanuel ICM  Cundinarama  Colombia Carlomagno Rincon Casallas 4

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The Passing of MCC Staff Member Bill Hooper http://mccchurch.org/the-passing-of-mcc-staff-member-bill-hooper/ http://mccchurch.org/the-passing-of-mcc-staff-member-bill-hooper/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:17:10 +0000 http://mccchurch.org/?p=8855

Bill Hooper

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We are sad to share the news of the death of MCC staffer, Bill Hooper. Bill had a stroke last Sunday, while visiting family in Austin, Texas, and died in hospice care on July 18, 2015.

Bill began his MCC career by volunteering in our offices in West Hollywood and became a full time staff member in 2005. He later moved to Abilene, Texas, and finally relocated to Sarasota, Florida, to work at the current MCC Moderator and Business Office.

Bill primarily served as the administrative staff for MCC’s Board of Pensions USA for many years and also served as support staff to our business office, under the direction of Barb Crabtree. Bill monitored MCC headquarters’ phone and worked with a wonderful group of volunteers at our Sarasota offices.

Everyone loved Bill Hooper. He was kind, compassionate, and dedicated to the mission of MCC. He had a wry sense of humor and was meticulous about his work. He was a team player and had a servant’s heart. He was always willing to help the clergy he served, and us, his colleagues in the office. He was a loving and sweet presence. We will miss him.

Bill was a proud father of Matt Hooper and Lindsay Shoush and grandfather of Vivian who is five, and Bennett who is two.

Bill became ill just after celebrating a long anticipated family reunion. All of us who work with him are thrilled that he had a last chance to see and be with his family, who were so important to him.

Memorial arrangements are pending.

 

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 Bill spent some of his free time on the beach and especially enjoyed taking sunset pictures.  Bill often shared stories about his family. This is a picture of Bill’s granddaughter who is now
five years old.
 Bill occasionally dressed as Santa to raise money for charities.

 

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Information will be shared when the family finalizes plans for the memorial service.
Contact Linda Brenner-Beckstead, Moderator’s Office Associate Director,
 at Linda@MCCchurch.net if you have any questions.
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Help End the Ban on Gay Blood Donations http://mccchurch.org/help-end-the-ban-on-gay-blood-donations/ http://mccchurch.org/help-end-the-ban-on-gay-blood-donations/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:46:17 +0000 http://mccchurch.org/?p=8854

For the first time since 1983, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering amending its blanket ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM). The proposed new policy would only permit donations from men who have abstained from sex with men for at least twelve months. The FDA says the waiting period is needed because “compelling scientific evidence is not available at this time to support a change to a deferral period less than one year while still ensuring the safety of the blood supply.”

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Though we applaud the incremental progress this represents, we find the FDA’s rationale highly problematic. Should the change take effect, the FDA would continue to base its MSM selection and screening policy on outdated theories and centuries-old stigma rather than evidence-based criteria. For example, the viral life cycle of HIV is not linked to behavior. Based on the FDA stance, it would follow that all persons engaging in penetrative sexual acts should be subjected to this year long abstinence period.  Current laws and regulations mandate all blood donations be screened for a range of potential threats, most of which are no more common among MSM than other groups. Therefore, we believe the system will remain safe with no ban on MSM donations. 

As the “church with AIDS” we know that all blood is sacred and raise significant concerns over the role of stigma and homophobia in the FDA’s proposal. Giving blood to save lives is a sacred ritual. It is an act of kindness and compassion. In the practice of our faith, we seek to model Jesus commandment to love others as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:29). Gay men care about our neighbors. The government should not prohibit MSM from serving others with its proposed continuation of the ban on blood donations. 

 Here are actions you can take to help end the ban:

  • Write the FDA’s Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability at ACBSA@hhs.gov and tell them that the proposal is inadequate and unscientific and that the ban should be completely overturned.
  • Sign up for action alerts from the National Gay Blood Drive.http://www.gayblooddrive.com
  • Sign the Global Justice Institute’s Petition at http://bit.ly/1BP6IwY
  • Read and familiarize yourself with the details of the FDA’s current policyhttp://1.usa.gov/1fr2gEI

For more information, contact mccadvocacy@mccchurch.net

This action alert was prepared as a collaboration between MCC’s HIV/AIDS Advisory Council (Dr. David Williams, M.D., M.P.H., Chair) and the Public Policy Team of Metropolitan Community Churches and the Global Justice Institute (Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner, Chair).

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