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Moderator’s Circle Update – November 2014

Dear Friends:

It is my pleasure to share with you, on behalf of our Moderator, some ministry that we are doing in our churches in South America. For many of us, it is special blessing to work so closely with Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson in this amazing ministry that is MCC.

As many of you already know, my main focus is the work with the emerging and affiliated churches in Ibero-America, which includes all Latin American countries, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean Islands, Spain, Portugal, and Andorra, as well as the Hispanic ministries in the U.S. and Canada.

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We, through the ministry of MCC in many places (or ICM in Spanish and Portuguese), have been the answer to prayers and are meeting many of the needs that many of our LGBT folks in different countries are experiencing. We are so grateful for your generosity in the support of MCC by being part of the Moderator´s Circle. You allow us to be a blessing on a daily basis, as evident by all the emails and calls we receive, even from many places where MCC is not currently present.

MCC is growing so fast in Brazil. With a pool of good and prepared pastors and leaders that are guiding and feeling proud to BE MCC, they always show a great appreciation and tremendous love for this family that represents MCC.

Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West, Rev. Pat Bumgardner, and I spent 10 days in Brazil affiliating two new Churches and offering an Intensive Leadership Training that included REVM, LEAD, and a Women’s Conference. Total attendance was 65 participants! We had people from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile; with Faculty members from the USA, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. We can affirm clearly that MCC is an International and Global Movement.

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Maringá

The new affiliated churches are in Maringá, Paraná, and in Vitoria, Espirito Santo. I hope these pictures portray the happiness and pride that they and we experienced in those places the day that we offered to them the MCC Affiliation Certificates.

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Vitoria

This was an excellent opportunity for collaboration between the Office of Formation and Leadership Development (OFLD), the Office of Emerging Ministries (OEM), and the Global Justice Institute (GJI).

We had the opportunity to listen to stories of how MCC is changing and saving lives.  Some of our members suffered discrimination and criminalization, not just from general society, but also in some cases, even experiencing rejection from their families, exposing them to homelessness and all the implications that come with that.

One story in particular touched me because this person experienced a public excommunication from the church that he was leading as a pastor. During Sunday worship with almost 2,000 members, they asked him to leave, with many even spitting on him as he walked out. Of course, God has a plan for us, and in the worst moment of his despair, he found one of our churches in Brazil, where he received from God the answer to his prayers. He discovered that he was not alone, that God was with him, and he is now leading another ministry to continue serving the people of God.

Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Director of the GJI, went to Maringa to establish a relationship with Mission House Free Love. Read my speech from the Moderator’s Circle Gratitude Concert, sharing the story and development of this ministry, a shelter that was founded by our Lay Pastor Celio Camargo in Maringa, Parana. Without a doubt, we are a part of miracles, Transforming Ourselves As We Transform The World.

 MCCers attending ILGA World Conference 2014
MCCers attending ILGA World Conference 2014

During the last week of October, I participated in the ILGA World Conference in Mexico City. In my sharing and connecting with new people, my conviction and feeling is stronger, that we have a vast work and ministry we are called to do. I exchanged experiences with many people from different parts of the world. I was incredibly moved by my conversation with an Intersex person from Bulgaria and the terrible situation and discrimination that the LGBT community is facing because the Orthodox Church is openly against them.

And last but not least, I get to share with you the exciting news that we will soon increase our official number to “ministries in 41 countries” — Colombia, where we will start a new Emerging Church in the city of Bogotá. God is calling us to expand our horizons, to answer the invitations we receive to offer the message of the Inclusive Gospel in new places.

Your contribution to the Moderator’s Circle will help us to continue our reach to as many people as possible, to have more presence in new countries and cities around the globe. MCC has a calling to offer a safe place to be openly and freely our authentic selves in relationship with God.
Blessings,

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Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez

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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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 UFMCC is a 501(c)3 Religious Organization. Contributions or gifts to Metropolitan Community Churches are tax deductible as charitable contributions.


 

Moderator’s Circle Members

Adam DeBaugh
Adrain Bowie
Adrian Buganey
Aileen Koke and Deborah Wilson
Allan Hauth
Ann S. Brown (in Memory of Mildred ‘Millie’ Warren)
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 Viglione
Anthony Harris
Barb Crabtree
Benjamin Lee
Bethene O’Neal
Bob Skaggs and Parker Fortier
Bonnie Alberti and Wendy LaChaunce
Brett Doig
Brianna Johnston
Bruce Brooks and Charles Kline
Bryan Parker
Camille Jones and Shirley Mould
Carl Krysa and Lary Bank
Carol Scherfenberg and Bonnie Dostie
Carol Youngblood
Carole Weissman and Bonnie Moore
Cate Bransfield
Catherine Munion and Floss Marino
Catherine and Robert Stanlick
Charlene and Elizabeth Bisordi
Charles Beall
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
Darlene E. Purugganan and Michelle Gaffron
Dallas McGee
Dave Dishman
David Hettinger
David Phillips
David Russell
David Sorey and Donald Johnson
Deb Kassien
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)
Elaine Davis and Lois Clark
Elijah Nealy
Elizabeth Dunn
Estella and Patricia Beaver-Thomas
Fenicia Ballard and Sandra Meaders
Frank Vitale
Fred Wenzel
Frieda E. Smith
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 Thompson and Dan Dowd
Keith Waataja
Kenneth Theriault and Douglas Furness
Kevin Highfield
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
Lynda Simmons
M.J. Blackburn
Marcia Morgan
Mari Gilman and Jackie Gascho
Maria Lau
Marian Schoenwether
Mark and Mittie Dick
Mark Hahn
Mark Kornmann
Mark Roderick
Mark Rollins
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
Melvina Davis
Michael Cavett
Michele Stacer
Michelle Kirby Randall
Pam Osborne and Nancy 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
Randy Bromley
Raquel Benitez and Carmen Llanos
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. Danny Spears and Richard Lofstrand
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
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 DaltonRev. 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. 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 Mark Hild
Rev. John McLaughlin
Rev. John Torres
Rev. Joy Etwell
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. Peter Trabaris
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. Sky Anderson and Ofelia Fay Anderson
Rev. Steve Torrence and John Hernandez
Rev. Suzie Chamness
Rev. Terri Echelbarger and Eileen McCree
Rev. Terri Steed
Rev. Thomas Emmett III
Rev. Tim Hamilton
Rev. Vickie Miller and Carol Lidey
Rev. Victor H. Floyd and Lou Grosso
Richard Henry
Robert Bayer
Robert Cooley
Robert Firster
Robert Fren
Robert Fleming
Robert Landry and Donald Kinghorn
Robert W. Pope and Lawrence Konrad
Robin Lee
Ron Reeser and Vince Olivier
Russell Murphy
Sally Deike
Samuel Ramirez
Sara Sills and Kay Hedgepeth
Sarah-Jane Ramage and Andrew Smithers
Scott Strickler
Sharon Cox Ludwig
Sharon Henry
Sherrill Parmley
Skip Chasey
Stan Kimer
Stephen Filizzi
Sue Schwerin
Susan Lukwago
Teresa White
Tim Mitchell and Randy McGuire
Tina Rayfield
Toby Bishop and Kevin Downer
Todd Goewey
Tory V. Topjian
Toni Smith
Vickey Gibbs and Cassandra White
Walter Weiss
Walter Wilson
William Tucker
Wayne Davis
Yew-Hoe Tan

 

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