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Moderator’s Circle Update – March 2015

Dear Moderator’s Circle Friends:

I just returned from a very exciting trip to Victoria, British Columbia (Canada). I met with the dynamic and talented General Conference Worship Team, who are going to bless us next July!

 MCC General Conference 2016 Worship Team
MCC General Conference 2016 Worship Team

Our General Conference Coordinator, Lauren Bennett, and I spent a day with our guide, Nicola, from Tourism Victoria, looking at opportunities and venues for MCCers to enjoy the city. We had high tea at the amazing and historic Butchart Gardens, and I asked them questions about same-gender weddings. They have not done one yet, so maybe we can help as they expand their services.

We then took the ferry to Seattle (Washington, USA) and were met by Daniel, the newly appointed Vice Moderator, from Emerald City MCC. I preached at the church, which is small but so impressive. They have a deep partnership with a wonderful Methodist Church that houses them. Our members staff a “cart of kindness” on Sunday afternoons that provides hot beverages and food to those who are connected to the homeless outreach program on site.

Oystian Sinclair, Ray Nutter, Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Nick Bryant Aguilar

(From L to R: Oystian Sinclair, Ray Nutter, Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Nick Bryant Aguilar;

Photo: Allen Welsch Photography)

The church also creates and donates “wound care packages” for the needle exchange program housed there as well. The executive director of the program attends church sometimes, and he bragged about how faithful and involved our MCC church is in helping addicts and saving lives.

Twenty young women from a Northern California college dropped in for the service, having heard I was preaching (the church did some good advertising). They were there on a week of gender equity learning and service, helping at women’s shelters, learning about human trafficking. The church was thrilled to have to find more chairs to accommodate them. The women were excited about General Conference as well, and I am sure we will see some of them in Victoria.

Emerald City MCC is currently in the pastoral search process, so pray for them. Lauren and I enjoyed their hospitality, coordinated by Chett Twitchell. Later, we met with the Network leader, Eli, from Portland (Oregon, USA), and with Emerald City MCC folks to talk about how their Network can be involved in General Conference. Our Pacific Northwest churches will host our pre-conference Sunday morning worship on 3 July, at which Rev. Elder Freda Smith will be preaching.

My own alma mater, Allegheny College, will be at Conference with their chaplain and students from their faith groups, as well as their LGBTQ and Allies group. That will be wonderful.


Have you registered for General Conference yet? Take advantage of the Promotional Rate by 31 March for additional savings.


Thanks to some very generous donors — all of them Moderator Circle members — we have raised funds for a very important opportunity for Rev. Elder Troy Perry and Rev. Dr. Mona West to travel to Cuba in late April and early May for a conference on diversity at a Baptist seminary. They will be meeting with community leaders and participating in events related to Havana Pride. We are grateful for this invitation and the impact it will have on our new MCC group there and on the faith community in Cuba. As Rev. Hector Gutierrez accompanies them, keep them in your prayers for great success. Rev. Perry will also be accompanied by his husband, Phillip DeBlieck. (Watch for a press release with more details.)

Have you seen the MCC Office of Emerging Ministries exciting newsletter and update about new church starts in MCC globally? (See their post from 26 February.)

Rev. Sherry Kennedy

We were so sad to learn of the death of Rev. Sherry Kennedy, founding pastor, for twenty years, of SunCoast Cathedral MCC in Venice, Florida (USA). When I pastored Church of the Trinity MCC in Sarasota, I got to know Sherry and appreciate her friendship and her excellent Biblical preaching and teaching. She was a pastor to the bone, and I was always moved by her perseverance and devotion to the church, and to MCC globally. She preached at the church and married couples the week before she died. Sherry mentored a number of MCC clergy and lay leaders. Her memorial service was 18 March. Please pray for her daughter, Amanda, and the people of SunCoast, during this very difficult time of grief and transition. Donations can be made in her honor to the St. Francis Animal Rescue or to SunCoast Cathedral MCC.


The MCC AWARDS for 2015 are out and starting to be delivered. I recently presented Rev. Rich Hendricks at MCC of the Quad Cities, Iowa (USA), the Distinguished Service award for his endless work for marriage equality and immigration reform.

Our Governing Board had in-service training on Development with our consultant, Gil Gerald, and voted to hire a Development Director mid-year.  Stay tuned for the job posting, and pray for us as we take this very important step.


Keep in your prayers the upcoming training for Elder appointees in April and our virtual General Conference in May that will vote to affirm the seven appointees. And always keep our Moderator Nominating Committee in your prayers and close to your hearts as they move forward this year.

I had THREE blog posts published since last month’s update — one byBelieve Out Loud, and two by Huffington Post:

MCC And Human Trafficking -- Why

MCC And Human Trafficking — Why?

If a Tree Falls in the Forest... Remembering Rev. Malcolm Boyd

If a Tree Falls in the Forest… Remembering Rev. Malcolm Boyd

Religious Liberty in Utah Eyes Wide Shut

Religious Liberty in Utah: Eyes Wide Shut

I am thrilled we now have a Moderator’s Circle Facebook Page. We will be posting updates and information about upcoming events and photos of all Moderator Circle events. Please click on this link, Like our new page, and select Get Notifications.

May you have a blessed Holy Week and Easter. May the special gifts and grace of the season encourage you and your families, churches, and communities.

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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 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
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 Waataja
Kenneth Theriault and Douglas Furness
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
Nancy and Pam 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
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. Ines-Paul Baumann
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. 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 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
William Tucker
Wayne Davis
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