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Moderator’s Circle Update – December 2014

Dear Friends:

I am back from a wonderful nine week sabbatical! I had a chance to visit Ghost Ranch in New Mexico (USA) for a personal retreat, and I was able to write a new book that I pray will be a blessing. In it, I tell over 100 stories about more than 40 years of MCC ministry. Pray for this effort; it was a joyous labor of love to tell these powerful stories of redemption and grace!

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(Photos from Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, USA)

This month, my mother, who has always been generous to MCC, became one of our newest members of the Moderator’s Circle! Thanks, Mom!

Here is a small snapshot of what you have accomplished towards our Strategic Plan with your gifts:

  • Our Moderator Nominating Committee is off to a great start as they move into 2015 and seek highly qualified and called nominees to succeed me as Moderator.
  • Our Office of Emerging Ministries, as they have added new staff, have  welcomed 36 newemerging MCC churches, including 5 in the U.S.
  • Our Diversity and Inclusions Councils have presented recommendations to our leadership and staff about how we can live into our ideal of radical inclusion.
  • Our consultants for improving MCC’s virtual presence evaluated MCC church websites and best practices, gearing up for a new era of innovation and investment in technology and virtual ministry.
  • Our Office of Formation and Leadership Development provided a successful first virtual REVM (the retreat that marks the beginning of those preparing to become MCC clergy) in Spanish and Portuguese for 8 people; the first REVM in Estonia with 12 people; the Brazil REVM for 16 students; and the U.S. REVM had 15 students, four of them young adults.
  • Our global LEAD (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship) program grew around the world as well: 18 participants in The Philippines and 22 in Brazil, making a total now of 143 people enrolled in LEAD, 22 of whom have received their certificates!
  • Our new Online Learning Center has served 600 participants, and we know this program will grow exponentially next year with new staff being added.
  • Our Clergy Well-Being coaches have been trained and are already serving MCC clergy who need that extra support and encouragement to care for themselves.
  • Our Office of Church Life and Health (OCLH) has worked hard to respond in a timely way to church needs and is providing many more peer learning cohorts, programs, and summits.
  • The OCLH is teaching “Three Relational Keys to a Healthy, Vibrant Church” and are willing to come to your church or area to offer it!
  • For the first time, our Stewardship Summit was offered in Mexico.
  • Volunteers have been trained to mentor interim and pastoral search processes in local churches, supervised by MCC staff.
  • Our Communications staff works hard to present Headline News and other publications, helps me create blogs for Huffington Post, and posts often to our social media accounts to share news and boldly present our message to the world.

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Because of you, I was able to represent MCC at the international Human Rights Conference preceding World Pride in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Because of you, I was present at the White House event that included the signing of an executive order by the U.S. President to end discrimination against LGBT persons in federal hiring.

Because of you, I prayed at the Interfaith service on the streets of New York on the morning of the largest Climate Change March and events the world has ever seen! Behind stage, I was a little starstruck as I met Peter Yarrow of the famous (I am dating myself!) trio, “Peter, Paul and Mary,” as he waited for his moment to rally us all with song.

General Conference (4-8 July 2016) plans are well underway. Can you believe it’s just over 18 months from now?! Registration will open, and launch of the Conference website, will be on 2 January 2015. Consider adding on a vacation of a 7-day Alaskan Cruise with other MCCers, which will set sail on 10 July from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada). A portion of your registration will benefit MCC. Use the password Alaska to find out more. Submit your registration and down payment by 31 December for extra incentives offered by Celebrity Cruises.

I hope you know that so much of this would have been impossible without your prayers, your support, and your generous gifts. You have made a difference in the lives of so many people around the world. If you haven’t seen our recent piece on that impact, take a look for yourself: http://mccchurch.org/transform-the-world-with-your-end-of-year-donation/

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As we end the year, at this season of Christ’s birth, I ask you to join me in prayer for:

  • Strength and joy for every local MCC church, outpost, and ministry around the world
  • Our MCC leaders, as we open our hearts to our people, and to so many yearning to be a part of MCC
  • Our renewed efforts for peace with justice in our world, through our churches, and through ourGlobal Justice Institute
  • The work of our Commission on the MCC Statement of Faith
  • The new Elders about to be appointed for MCC globally

And,

  • Consider donating frequent flier miles for our Elders and leaders to travel and be able to offer spiritual, pastoral leadership, training, and witness around the world. Every year, we are able to make a few extra trips because people give us their extra miles, which is so helpful! (ContactJasonONeill@MCCchurch.net)

You have made a difference in 2014 in the breadth and quality of MCC’s service to our churches and our world. God bless you for a healthy and happy 2015!
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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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
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 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
Frank Vitale
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
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 & Catherine Bransfield
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. 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. 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
Russell Murphy
Sally Deike
Samuel Ramirez
Sara Sills and Kay Hedgepeth
Sarah-Jane and Andrew Ramage
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
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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