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Moderator’s Circle Update – February 2015

Dear Moderator’s Circle Friends:

The year is off to a very busy start for MCC, even as marriage equality is embattled in Alabama, and we come closer to a Supreme Court decision in the U.S. by June of this year.

We are excited to welcome an emerging ministry in Sweden this month: Queersamfundet Olivträdet. Pray for our new church starts ministry in the U.S., as well as globally this year. We have many exciting prospects and conversations going on, and I sense a real renewal of energy and passion for starting new MCC churches and ministries. In the U.S. alone, there are so many smaller cities and towns that need and can sustain a vibrant, healthy, and engaged new generation MCC church!

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Our Moderator’s Nominating Committee has published the process and application for candidates for MCC Moderator. We value your participation in this important effort to identify candidates that meet our criteria as we move towards our General Conference and time of decision in 2016. What an exciting time for MCC as we look to the future! Have faith with me that the Spirit will inspire people to offer themselves for this important role and give our committee wisdom and clarity as they do their work on our behalf.

I have appointed seven people to become Elders in MCC. They will join the four current members of the Council of Elders. We will hold a virtual General Conference in May 2015 to affirm these appointments, and I ask you to keep the appointees in prayer as we discern the future together.

Allegheny College (Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA), my alma mater, invited me to preach at Ford Chapel on 1 February and to dedicate the new doors for their bicentennial celebration. I preached on “God’s Love is an Open Door” and spent time in classes with students, many of whom are struggling to find a faith that works for them. I so enjoy getting to know the students there and am working with “out” faculty, administration, and students as we consider creating an LGBT alumni group.


Check out the new book by Allegheny College Chaplain Rev. Jane Ellen Nickell, We Shall Not Be Moved: Methodists Debate Race, Gender, and Homosexuality (Pickwick Publications).

From Pennsylvania, I went to Denver (Colorado, USA) to the annual Creating Change Conference, which, as always, is inspiring and challenging. Focusing on the murders of trans women of color in particular, the theme “Black Lives Matter” was very prominent. MCCers offered a variety of workshops from topics related to trans-faith, climate change, spirituality and activism, and human trafficking! It is always a time to see colleagues and activists from all over the country, to connect and network. I am so proud of Angel Collie for his leadership role in Creating Change. Angel and MCC clergy Rev. Jakob Hero are now leading a national network of trans seminarians!

I had the opportunity to preach at MCC of the Rockies. Rev. Jim Mitulski was at the Creating Change conference, along with volunteers from the church. Worship was wonderful!


In March, our General Conference worship team meets face-to-face at our Conference site in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada! Don’t forget to take part in the Early Bird Registration rate that closes on 31 March 2015! Make sure to start thinking about the travel time and make plans to get to Victoria on Sunday so you don’t miss the opening plenary Monday morning.

After that meeting, I will drop down to Emerald City MCC in Seattle (Washington, USA) to preach on 15 March. Join us, if you can.

Our Governing Board recently published a year-end report for MCC. I hope you will rejoice with us on a successful year. At our upcoming Governing Board meeting in March, we will be meeting with our Development consultant, working on ways to engage more deeply and strategically in cultivating the resources needed to implement our Strategic Plan.

I’ve had TWO blog posts published by The Huffington Post since last month’s update:

 #UseMeInsteadPrisons in Sunny Florida



Mormons and ‘Religious Liberty’ — Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing?

As always, a special thank you for your part in helping us to serve our pastors, churches, members, and so many who are still yearning to connect and be a part of MCC globally! Every dollar you donate makes it possible for us to share our message, to nurture ministries, to uplift churches and pastors. They are on the front lines, creating models of faith communities that hold fast to our vision and purpose! Thanks for your generosity that helps us BE MCC everywhere we are needed.

Grace and Peace,

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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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 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 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
Brett Doig
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 Munion and Floss Marino
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 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)
Elizabeth Dunn
Erickson McNew
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
Margaret Rust
Mari Gilman and Jackie Gascho
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
Michael Cavett
Michael P. Cruz
Michele Stacer & Catherine Bransfield
Michelle Kirby Randall
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. 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. 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
Rich Hendricks
Richard Henry
Robert Bayer
Robert Cooley
Robert Firster
Robert Fren
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
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
Walter Wilson
William Tucker
Wayne Davis
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