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Moderator’s Circle Update – May/June 2014

Dear Friends:

I have combined the May and June monthly updates into one, as I am now on sabbatical for the first three weeks in June. When I return, I will be traveling immediately to Toronto (Ontario, Canada) for The World Pride Human Rights Conference with some of our staff. I will update you again in July. Until then…

 

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We had a wonderful time at our eighth Leadership Mentoring Retreat last month at DaySpring Retreat Center here in Florida (USA)! Three MCC staff participated in the program, including Sharon Cox from Cape Town (South Africa). Also with us was Rev. Michael Kimindu from Kenya. Rev. Tony Freeman joined us from our Senior Leadership Team while he was visiting churches in Florida, and it was a powerful time for all.

 

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PLEASE encourage young adults (age 18-35) to apply for the next Young Adult Leadership Mentoring Retreat, 7-10 November, also here at DaySpring. Registration is open already: http://mccchurch.org/application-for-young-adult-leadership-mentoring-retreat-2014/.

 

We had record attendance — over 100 — at our first Stewardship Webinar that offered an annual Stewardship program in a complete kit! We are grateful to the fine work by MCC San Diego (California, USA) on this program, offered by our Office of Church Life and Health.

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ALSO, our Commission on the MCC Statement of Faith had its first face-to-face meeting in Chicago (lllinois, USA), hosted by Chicago Theological Seminary, with an opportunity to meet with their Dean and many fine faculty. We are so excited for this historic project! You can find their webpage here: http://mccchurch.org/commission-on-the-mcc-statement-of-faith/.

 

My travels in May included:

  • MCC Louisville (Kentucky, USA), where I participated in Judy Dale’s memorial. Hundreds of people gathered from many states; it was a joyous homegoing! Many from the Network and beyond were present. Rev. Dee Dale generously created the Judy Dale Memorial Fund for scholarship monies for our LEAD program, and we are excited by the response. Rev. Colleen Foley and her husband John invited me for dinner in their home, and I preached at the Sunday service to a warm and hospitable crowd.
  • I had the joy of visiting MCC Paducah (Kentucky, USA) for a belated 20th anniversary celebration. Last time, I was snowed out. This time, as I got ready to leave my home for the airport, we had a tornado warning, and I had to take cover. I nearly missed my flight but thankfully made it this time! Rev. Lillian Ferguson, who has been there for 18 years (while holding down another full-time job), and her partner Suzette were kind hosts.
  • I went to Chicago for the MomentUs Climate Change Conference as a panelist. Check out the Blessed Tomorrow website to learn more about my new role. And I preached at Holy Covenant MCC (Brookfield, Illinois, USA), where Rev. Tania Guzman is pastor.
  • On Saturday, 24 May, I installed Roland Stringfellow as the new pastor of MCC Detroit, Michigan (USA).

Collaborations in process:

 

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  • We are working with The Trevor Project, recruiting volunteers for their U.S. national hotline, as well as creating new training modules for faith communities based on MCC’s history and experience. Stay tuned!
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(MCC General Conference 2013)
  • The Institute For The Future, led by our plenary speaker at the last General Conference, Bob Johansen, has invited MCC to partner with them on several projects.
  • Health researchers with The University of Tennessee in Memphis have contacted us to collaborate on a project on health disparities in the LGBT community in the U.S. Stay tuned!

General Conference preparations for 2016 are already well underway. SAVE THE DATE (4-8 July, and earlier for pre-conference offerings) for Victoria, British Columbia, Canada!  Meanwhile, Barb Crabtree, our Director of Operations, has announced that our longtime General Conference staffer, Jennifer Justice, will be leaving MCC staff to be a lawyer. She is interning through August and then will finish the year with MCC while training the person to replace her. You may congratulate Jennifer here:JenniferAJustice@gmail.com. We are so grateful to her legacy with us.

 

We are ready to roll out our call for recommendations, by lay delegates and clergy, for an expanded Council of Elders in MCC. These Elders will not necessarily be full-time MCC staff but will work with our current Elders on pastoral and spiritual leadership, support for MCC churches and clergy, and for the Moderator as we approach a time of transition in 2016. Watch the video: Expansion of the MCC Council of Elders.

 

Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West recently returned from Estonia for the European Lesbian and Gay Christian Forum and for our first REVM in Europe. Leading REVM with her was Rev. Jim Mulcahy, who is in Ukraine right now. Also participating in the conference was MCC staffer Florin Buhuceanu, Rev. Pat Bumgardner from our Global Justice Institute, and Rev. Brent Hawkes from MCC Toronto. Be watching MCC Headline News for a summary of this trip!

 

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This month, Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez and Rev. Tony Freeman led the first MCC Stewardship Summit in Monterey, Mexico! Rev. Elder Darlene Garner will soon be visiting Australia for their Network Gathering, as well as to work with our churches and pastors in Australia and New Zealand.

 

I want to say, again, how grateful I am for your prayers, your financial support, and the ways in which you are helping us to BE MCC (watch for updates to this page) in a world that so needs our message and ministry!

Grace and Peace,

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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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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
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 and Robert Stanlick
Charlene and Elizabeth Bisordi
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 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
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
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
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 Marik
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
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
Marnie Osborne
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
Michelle Kirby Randall
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
Raquel Benitez and Carmen Llanos
Ray Nutter and Vince Larkin
Ray Robinson and Ashley Smith
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. Dee Dale
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 Carl and Rev. Susan Deitrick
(in Memory of Rev. Elder Jean White)
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
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
Sir Robin Hixson O.B.E.
Skip Chasey
Stan Kimer
Stephanie Breaker
Stephen Filizzi
Steven Jones
Sue Schwerin
Susan Lukwago
Teresa White
Terry Fetters
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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