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Moderator’s Circle Update – September 2014

Dear Moderator’s Circle Members:

Thanks to you:

  • Our Office of Emerging Ministries gave an exciting report on innovations in the Emerging Church Program! We now have 25 Emerging Churches around the world! Look for a release of the report soon!

People's Climate March - MCC banners

(MCCers lining up with the multi-faith contingency to prepare to step off to join the People’s Climate March; Photo: Jon Ford / MCC Hartford)
  • I just returned from the historic People’s Climate March with over 400,000 other people in NYC (there were over 2,800 solidarity events in at least 166 other countries), including a multi-faith service prior to the march, where I was only one of two heads of a denomination present. I was invited to offer a prayer for the nearly 10,000 people gathered in that block!  (MCC staff member Jason O’Neill captured my prayer on video, and we have uploaded it to MCC’s YouTube account: Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson’s prayer at multi faith service for People’s Climate March, 21 Sep 2014) We had over 20 MCC representatives from Florida, Texas, Connecticut, and New York (all in the USA)… and even one from Toronto (Ontario, Canada)! I piloted A Queer Response to Climate Changewith Peterson Toscano, J. Mase III, and Joe Stevens at MCC New York, and we offered a similar workshop to a full room as part of NYC Climate Convergence: People, Planet and Peace Over Profit. I also participated in the interfaith service as part of the Religions for the Earth Conference, where the speakers included former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, writer Terry Tempest Williams, and one of our plenary speakers from MCC’s last General Conference, Rev. Dr. James Forbes!
  • We are on the front lines of Marriage Equality in Florida (USA), as our churches take a front and center role.
  • I delivered the first lecture in a special academic series offered in three languages by the Garner Institute on the impact of Marcella Althaus-Reid, a lesbian theologian: Queering Theologies.
  • We are offering a MEGA SUMMIT, 30 October – 1 November, in Kansas City (Missouri, USA) on Stewardship and Programming. We hope you will attend this transformative event.

General Conference 2016 core team
(From left to right: Linda Brenner-Beckstead, Carlos Chavez, Barb Crabtree, Eliud Dimas, Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Michelle Gentzen, Jennifer Justice, Rev. Roland Stringfellow, Lauren Bennett)

  • We have hired new staff for General Conference (Lauren Bennett, an MCC Leadership Mentoring Retreat graduate!), had our first General Conference planning meeting, and said thanks and goodbye to Jennifer Justice (who will be leaving MCC staff in December to practice law). We’ll have more information in an upcoming issue of Headline News.
  • We are preparing to invite people recommended by MCC lay delegates and clergy as Elders, who will be appointed in December, and approved and affirmed next year. This will increase our Council of Elders from 4 to 9. Stay tuned for more information.

Bishop Yap Kim Hao (UMC), Rev. Elder Darlene Garner (MCC) - September 2014

(Bishop Yap Kim Hao, retired Methodist bishop who is “spiritual father” of Free Community Church, Singapore; Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, MCC)
  • Rev. Darlene Garner has visited our European Network, where people from 9 countries attended a gathering in Stuttgart, Germany. Then she headed to Singapore for the Amplify conference to meet with Asian MCCs and partner organizations.

CLM graduation Philippines 2014

(CLM graduation – Philippines – September 2014)
  • Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West is currently in the Philippines, where we are offering the LEAD (lay leader education) program and a train-the-trainers event for Creating a Life That Matters!
  • We were able to hold our global Network Leaders face to face training so that our Networks can grow in excellence in the ways they connect our churches and provide care and delivery of resources.
2014 Fellowship Sunday Campaign
  • MCC’s anniversary is nearly upon us. Help support our Networks by encouraging your churches to take an MCC Fellowship Sunday Offering in October or November of this year.
  • Prayers for Rev. Jim Mulcahy as he travels in Russia visiting our groups there, many of which are struggling and are mostly “underground,” and for the clergy he mentors who are just coming out and seeking support as they courageously minister to our communities there.


  • The board (on which I serve) of our Global Justice Institute is meeting this month. We are excited by our safe house projects in Nigeria and Kenya (for Ugandan human rights refugees).

Please congratulate our new Governing Board Officers for this year: Rev. Clinton Crawshaw, Vice-Chair; Gail Rissler, Treasurer; and Sarah-Jane Ramage, Secretary. Please also congratulate our Governing Board Nominating Committee for the 2016 General Conference.


I am so grateful to Gail Rissler, our MCC Treasurer, and her volunteers at King of Peace MCC in St. Petersburg (Florida, USA), and all the musicians, for an amazing Moderator’s Circle Gratitude Concert! Almost 200 people gathered, even from beyond Florida, as we celebrated the global work of MCC and how the Moderator’s Circle has increased our capacity in so many ways. New members were added to the Circle, and others increased their monthly gifts. We are very grateful indeed!


YALMR graphic (7-10 November 2014)

Finally, please encourage Young Adults (18 to 35) you know who would benefit from the Young Adult Leadership Mentoring Retreat, 7-10 November, to apply now! We extended the registration deadline to 10 October.


I started my sabbatical 24 September and will be gone through the end of November. During this time, our Senior Leadership, Elders, Governing Board, and staff will continue to serve MCC with excellence and joy.


I will be taking time to rest, refresh, write, and retreat! I am looking forward to focusing on a book project, so please pray for me! Meanwhile, Rev. Tony Freeman and Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez will be my guest Moderator’s Circle update editors for October and November.


As we prepare our 2015 program and budget for MCC globally, I am so aware that we could not do what we do without your faithfulness and your gifts. You are making a difference!

Grace and Peace,
Rev. Nancy Wilson Signature
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson



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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Click Here to read more testimonials from more people for whom MCC’s ministry has been life-changing.



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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.

 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
Ayawnda Alise
Anthony Harris
Barb Crabtree
Barbara Mann
Bethene O’Neal
Bob Skaggs and Parker Fortier
Bob Whitman and Will Knicely
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
Carlos Chavez and Roman Perez
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 Lacharite
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
Cynthia A. Marquard and Darlene R. Stille
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
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
Jack Dollevoet
Jackie Carter and Claudia Griffith
James Carpenter and Dean Turner
Jaymes Grace
Jason O’Neill & Thomas Renner
Jeanne Scanlon
Jerry Small
Jimmy McClure
Jo-Anne and Melinda Ludy
Joan Higgs and Sandra Carlile
Joe Baker Jr
John Adkins
John and Colleen Foley
John Garcia and Elroy Hahn
John Magisano
John Moehnke
John Weyersmiller
Judith Longman and Rev. Lisa Dawn McCabe
Judy Jarosz
Julie Ramza and Patricia Fester
Justin Ritchie and Jason Beverley
Kam Cummins
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
Lillian Lewis
Linda Brenner-Beckstead and Susie Brenner
Linda Hardy and Phyllis Nelson
Linda Mudd
Liz Bupp
Lynne McCarthy
Lynda Simmons
M.J. Blackburn
Madelyn Lee Taylor
Marcia Morgan
Mari Gilman and Jackie Gascho
Maria Lau
Marian Schoenwether
Mark and Mittie Dick
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
Mary L. Warders and Linda K. Price
Melanie Frahm and Rev. Katie Houts
Melvina Davis
Michael Cavett
Michele Stacer
Michelle Kirby Randall
Monica Smith and Kathleen O’Neal
Pam Osborne and Nancy Baca
Pat Boyd and Sharon Sylvester
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
Ray Selvey
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. Jim Merritt and Al Leach
Rev. Dr. Joan Saniuk and Sharilyn Steketee
Rev. Dr. Keith J. Phillips
Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos and Kala Payne
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 Fleming
Robert Landry and Donald Kinghorn
Robert Ochoa
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
Sherrill Parmley
Skip Chasey
Stan Kimer
Stephanie Breaker
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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