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Moderator’s Circle Update

(updated 27 April 2015)

Dear Moderator’s Circle Friends:

All I can say is, “Vive Cuba!”

As I mentioned last month, MCC leaders have been invited to a week of dialogue, learning, and sharing the message of MCC in Cuba! Did you see our press release? LGBTQ Faith Leaders Travel to Cuba to Meet Faith and Government Leaders. We also received coverage in this Washington Blade article: MCC founder to lead delegation to Cuba. Our Elders — including MCC’s Founder, Rev. Troy Perry, Rev. Dr. Mona West, and Rev. Hector Gutiérrez — will be participating in a first-of-its-kind conference and gathering on LGBT inclusion in the church, and also meeting with Cuban leaders culminating in Havana Pride! Rejoice with me at this extraordinary, historic opportunity.

And thanks to Sunshine Cathedral MCC, MCC Key West, and some Moderator’s Circle donors for helping to meet all the expenses for this trip that were not in our budget for this year!

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MCC IS GOING VIRTUAL in so many ways. We are embarking on our very first Virtual Leadership Mentoring Retreat in May — there are still some seats open! The same great faculty… less expensive… and you can experience this wonderful opportunity without having to leave your home or office.
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Recently, I had the opportunity to visit MCC of the Quad Cities in Davenport, Iowa (USA), for their anniversary. They recently bought and renovated a former Blockbuster with a sign out front that says, “Judgement Free Zone” with the MCC logo! We had a great crowd and a terrific celebration. On behalf of the church, Rev. Rick Hendricks received an MCC Distinguished Service Award for all their work in becoming a diverse community and a bold voice for justice. They are welcoming and including in leadership more heterosexuals, who find that the progressive, radically inclusive message works for them!

MCC New York (New York, USA) worshipped their hearts out during my Holy Week visit. Lavender Light Gospel Choir blessed their Good Friday service, and the Easter Fire blazed on Saturday night. Their annual Easter dinner and awards ceremony honored the first trans woman fire fighter, Lavender Light, and Masha Gessen (the author of The Brothers, a well-researched page turner about the Boston Marathon Bombing — she is a Russian lesbian activist who emigrated to New York with her wife and children when the Russian government threatened to take away the children of LGBT people).

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This past weekend, I was in Key West, Florida (USA), delivering the Moderator’s Award to a very deserving Rev. Steve Torrence. The church “burned the mortgage” and threw a community-wide surprise party for Steve for his decades of service as a pastor, police chaplain, and community leader in many service organizations in Key West. In this increasingly “post-gay” community, the church continues to expand its service to meet many difference needs. The church was packed, and the event afterwards was attended by so many in the wider community who were delighted to testify about Steve’s many gifts.
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(Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez and Rev. Ines-Paul Baumann joined us virtually.)

 

This month, we also spent three days training and meeting with the Elder appointees, preparing them to begin their duties 1 June of this year. The virtual Conference will be held 6 – 7 May for all certified lay and clergy delegates. The services of blessing and installation will be held in various locations around the world, mostly in the home church of each Elder, between May and August of this year. Look for more information as it becomes available! (http://mccchurch.org/introducing-elder-appointees-to-the-general-conference-of-metropolitan-community-churches/)

In a few months, we will be re-launching the Moderator’s Circle. We are so grateful for all you do, and your gifts to MCC through the Moderator’s Circle make a difference every day as we reach out to communities wanting to start an MCC, make support and training for clergy around the world possible, as we launch a new Online Learning Center, and we reach out for Human Rights.  Next month I will be a guest of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York that is considering questions of Religious freedom and human rights, climate change, and other topics. I will go from there to an annual Climate Change meeting in Washington.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to represent MCC in these places that are impacting the world for good.

You can help by:

  • Inviting someone to consider joining the Moderator’s Circle (http://mccchurch.org/give-to-mcc/moderatorscircle/ )
  • Hosting a Moderator’s Circle gathering
  • Contributing frequent flier miles that can help us with travel, especially for our Elders as they visit our churches and represent MCC around the world

Here’s my latest blog by Huffington Post:

Religion and RFRA — Fix It? Nix It?

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Blessings to you in this Eastertide!

Grace and Peace,

 Rev. Nancy Wilson Signature

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Moderator

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Why we give to MCC…

Here are some stories of people like you who contribute regularly to MCC.

“We each love our local church, yet the denomination offers us a shared history and a common future. Being part of something bigger makes us stronger and gives us a wider focus, beyond our own congregation. How many organisations can you be part of where you know that you are making a difference to the lives of individual people all over the world? Each day MCC worldwide saves a life and gives a person hope. Isn’t that what we are called by Christ to do?”

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“While there is an increasing visibility and recognition of the spiritual needs of the LGBTQ community in “mainstream” denominations , MCC remains as the foundational organization that not only “affirms” but “celebrates” our lives, including our sexuality. The ability to express our entire, authentic selves in the context of a community that reflects our inherent worth and value makes it incumbent upon all of us who benefit from this movement

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“I tithe to my local church, but I also felt called to tithe to the MCC denomination that I work for. Tithing is biblical and I cannot keep taking from the barn if I am not prepared to replenish it with the fruit of my labor. I believe in the mission of MCC, I believe in our global outreach and I believe in our Moderator’s vision.

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” I invite you to join me in becoming a member of The Moderator’s Circle, as the best way MCCers in this generation and in this moment can partner with Nancy to realize our Moderator’s vision for launching new church starts, reaching a new generation of young people, doing justice around the globe, and continuing the vital work of changing the heart and face of Chr

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“MCC helped me to reconcile my spirituality with my God-given sexuality. The message and the people of MCC helped me become whole. I am a monthly donor to The Moderator’s Circle because I want others to heal just as I have, and so that others who are still oppressed can become free.

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“On the last night of the Leadership Mentoring Retreat in January, we visited with MCC’s Governing Board. As I listened to their calling to serve, I was humbled and inspired. I was humbled by their faithfulness, against so many odds, to be leaders in a movement that continues to invite all into God’s welcoming embrace. And I was inspired by their energy to give: of their wisdom, their gifts, and their tithes to the ministry of MCC.

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Thank you to all who are generously contributing to MCC’s Moderator’s Circle. Your contributions are making a difference in people’s lives every single day.

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Moderator’s Circle Members

Adam DeBaugh
Adrian Buganey
Aileen Koke and Deborah Wilson
Allan Hauth
Ann Craig
Ann Perry and Pat Turner
Ann Vassilaros and Fran Solitro
Ann Willbrand and Patricia Woody
Anne Atwell
Annette Beall and Carolyn Gay
Anthony Harris
Anthony Viglione
Barb Crabtree
Barbara Wilson
Benjamin and Rand Bromley
Benjamin Lee
Bethene O’Neal
Bob Skaggs and Parker Fortier
Bonnie Alberti and Wendy LaChaunce
Brianna Johnston
Bryan Parker
Camille Jones and Shirley Mould
Carl Krysa and Lary Bank
Carlos Cruz
Carol Scherfenberg and Bonnie Dostie
Carol Youngblood
Carole Weissman and Bonnie Moore
Cate Bransfield
Catherine and Robert Stanlick
Charlene and Elizabeth Bisordi
Chris and Dawn Soucy
Christopher Van Ast
Chuck Phelan and Steve McIntyre
Clyde W. Proch and Scott K. Farmer
Colleen Stuppy and Lisa Thome
Connie Meadows and Haviland Houston
Curtis L. Smith
D. Anne Bruetsch
Dale Schafer
Dallas McGee
Daniel Grieser
Dave Dishman
David Phillips
David Russell
David Sorey and Donald Johnson
Deb Krusemark
Deborah Blanton and Bernadette Comstock
Derrick Williams and Robert Gessell
Donn Ferrell
Donna Olsen
Doug Napier
Douglas C Berger & Shawn Cochran
Dr. Gail Evans (In memory of Rev. Jean Hart)
Elizabeth Dunn
Erickson McNew
Gail Rissler
Gail Simonds
Gary Hampshire
G.C. Brafford
George Murphy
Glenn Stover
Holly Blonde
H R Nicholson
Huey Lee
Jackie Carter and Claudia Griffith
James Carpenter and Dean Turner
Jaymes Grace
Jason O’Neill & Thomas Renner
Jerry Small
Jimmy McClure
Jo-Anne and Melinda Ludy
Joan Higgs and Sandra Carlile
Joe Baker Jr
John and Colleen Foley
John Garcia and Elroy Hahn
John Magisano
John Moehnke
John Weyersmiller
Judy Jarosz
Julie Ramza and Patricia Fester
Justin Ritchie and Jason Beverley
Karen Dillaman
Kathy Hanas
Kathy Probst and Linda Renaud
Kay H. Neill
Keith Waataja
Kenneth Theriault and Douglas Furness
Kevin Markham and Terry French
Kevin Tuck
Kim Habermann
Lauren Elizabeth Bennett
Linda Brenner-Beckstead and Susie Brenner
Linda Hardy and Phyllis Nelson
Linda Mudd
Liz Bupp
Lois Gallenberger
Lynne McCarthy
M.J. Blackburn
Marcia Morgan
Margaret Rust
Mari Gilman and Jackie Gascho
Mark Hahn
Mark Kornmann
Mark Roderick
Marsha and Cindy Stevens-Pino
Marsha Warren and Michelle Burnett
Martha Marinara
Marvin Bagwell
Mary Ann Bangiorno and Gwendolyn Templeton
Melanie Frahm and Rev. Katie Houts
Michael Cavett
Michael P. Cruz
Michele Stacer & Catherine Bransfield
Michelle Kirby Randall
Nancy and Pam Baca
Pat Boyd and Sharon Sylvester
Paul Anway
Paul Moyer and Mark Mell
Paul P. Steindel
Phil Griffin and Carl Johnson
Phyllis Moore and Janice Danielson
Preston Pulliam
R J Hadley
Ray Nutter and Vince Larkin
Redimido en Cristo
Rev. Aaron Miller
Rev. Anthony Freeman
Rev. Barbara Freeman and Rebecca Milam
Rev. Booth Iburg and Denise Williams
Rev. Brad Rice
Rev. Caedmon Grace
Rev. Carol Hale
Rev. Carol Chambers
Rev. Carolyn Mobley
Rev. Cathy Alexander
Rev. Cathy Porter and Robyn Proctor
Rev. Charley Garrison and Mark Barnett
Rev. Clarence Witt
Rev. Clinton Crawshaw
Rev. Dan Koeshall
Rev. David and David Eichelberger
Rev. David Farrell and Gilbert Caldwell
Rev. Deana Dudley
Rev. DeWayne Davis and Kareem Murphy
Rev. Donna Twardowski and Marilyn Kane
Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis and Barbara Tyner
Rev. Dr. Carol Trissell
Rev. Dr. Joan Saniuk and Sharilyn Steketee
Rev. Dr. Keith J. Phillips
Rev. Dr. Lea Brown and Sarah-Helen Land
Rev. Dr. Mark Lee and Ivan Loy
Rev. Dr. Michael Diaz
Rev. Dr. Mona West
Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas and Isai Cazares
Rev. Dr. Renee McCoy
Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin and Rev. Dr Durrell Watkins
Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Burns and Tracey Kennedy
Rev. Dr. Thomas Bohache and Tom Laughingwolf Simmons
Rev. Dr. Tony Thieman-Somora and Tony Somora
Rev. Dr. Troy Perry and Phillip De Blieck
Rev. Dr. William Knight
Rev. Dusty Pruitt and JoAnne Rhodes
Rev. Dwayne Johnson
Rev. Edwin Yates
Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston
Rev. Elder Charlie Arehart and David Black
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner and Rev.Candy Holmes
Rev. Elder Diane Fisher and Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos
Rev. Elder Don Eastman
Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson and Dr. Paula Schoenwether
Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez
Rev. Elder Kenneth Martin
Rev. Fern Gaffey and Laura Dalton
Rev. Fran Mayes
Rev. Gail Hicks
Rev. Gale Rawson and Dr. Gail Atchison
Rev. George McDermott
Rev. Gordon R. McCoy and Dr. Eugene M. Thomas
Rev. Harry Knox and C. Michael Bozeman
Rev. Ines-Paul Baumann
Rev. Jake Kopmeier and Sandra T. Stewart
Rev. Jane Nelson and Gay Fritzemeier
Rev. Janice Bowker and Marina Laws
Rev. Jeanne George
Rev. Jo Bell and Cheryl Meyer
Rev. Joe Cobb
Rev. John McLaughlin
Rev. John Torres
Rev. Kay Seitz
Rev. Kurt Krieger and Larry Bailey
Rev. Lisa Heilig and Tammy Johnson
Rev. Lori Dick
Rev. Lori Rivera and Darlene Hatch
Rev. Lorraine Brock
Rev. Margarita Sanchez de Leon and Frida Kruijt
Rev. Marian Cavagnaro
Rev. Mark Beckett
Rev. Maxwell Reay and Lewis Reay
Rev. Melanie Martinez and Tammy Erwin
Rev. Mike Hydes and Chris Baker
Rev. Onetta Brooks
Rev. R. David Smith
Rev. Renae Phillips and Terrie Bennett
Rev. Renwick Bell
Rev. Rick Sosbe and Michael Rhen
Rev. Robert Life
Rev. Robin White and Barry Christensen
Rev. Ron LaRocque
Rev. Ruth and Elizabeth Jensen-Forbell
Rev. Sandy Williams
Rev. Steve Torrence and John Hernandez
Rev. Suzie Chamness
Rev. Terri Echelbarger and Eileen McCree
Rev. Terri Steed
Rev. Thomas Emmett III
Rev. Vickie Miller and Carol Lidey
Rich Hendricks
Richard Henry
Robert Bayer
Robert Cooley
Robert Firster
Robert Fleming
Robin Lee
Russell Murphy
Sally Deike
Samuel Ramirez
Sara Sills and Kay Hedgepeth
Sarah-Jane and Andrew Ramage
Scott Strickler
Sharon Cox Ludwig
Sharon Henry
Skip Chasey
Sir Robin Hixson
Stan Kimer
Stephen Filizzi
Sue Schwerin
Susan Lukwago
Teresa White
Thomas Dollard
Tim Mitchell and Randy McGuire
Tina Rayfield
Toby Bishop and Kevin Downer
Tory V. Topjian
Toni Smith
Vickey Gibbs and Cassandra White
Walter Weiss
William Tucker
Wayne Davis
Yew-Hoe Tan

 

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