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Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston – Pastor – MCC Newcastle, England
How do you find out about MCC? Facebook? Website? Twitter?
Over 20 years ago, these things didn’t exist. Posters, ads in the gay press, word of mouth – these were how we discovered MCC. I found out about MCC by picking up a leaflet in a hotel when I was on holiday. The MCC in that town, Bournemouth, helped us to start an MCC in Bath. Many churches in the UK and Europe started the same way – people in one city being supported by folk from an MCC somewhere else.
And of course, the MCCs in UK started because Rev. Troy Perry was invited to London to speak by a group of lesbian and gay Christians. He inspired a young woman called Jean White, and so the story of MCC in the UK began. Jean went onto become Reverend Elder Jean White and much of her ministry in MCC involved taking the Good News of God’s inclusive love to countries all over the world, as well as being a church pastor in London.
You see, all our stories are linked together. 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?
That’s why I am glad and grateful to give back something to the ministry of MCC worldwide as part of the Moderator’s Circle. I came into MCC because others were prepared to reach beyond their local church to help me. I want to reach out, beyond my local church, beyond my own country, to those who still need to hear our message of God’s inclusive love for all. There are still so many places in the world where our voice needs to be heard and our people need to feel connected.
Every donation makes a difference. Please prayerfully consider joining the Moderator’s Circle and help to save a life.
Rev. Dr. William Knight – Pastor – MCC San Francisco, USA
It is a great blessing to be able to support the ongoing critically important work of MCC. In this time of increased austerity and cutbacks it is even more important that we provide resources so that those whose voices need so desperately to be heard, can continue to speak out. 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 to commit to its financial health. I give because I have received so much. I give because there are so many who can benefit from the inclusive ministry of MCC. I give because I believe in the mission and vision of MCC.
Rev. Elder Troy Perry – Founder, Metropolitan Community Churches
Every single day, I pray for Rev. Nancy Wilson and I ask for God’s blessing on her incredible vision for MCC’s future. And every single month, I send a gift, over and above my local church giving, to bless the work of MCC worldwide. 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 Christianity. Won’t you join today?
Marsha Warren – MCC Member
I became a MCC monthly donor for purely selfish reasons — because of what MCC had done for me. 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.
Joe Cobb – Pastor, MCC of the Blue Ridge
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.
Then, it dawned on me. Here I am, attending a Leadership Mentoring Retreat, serving as Pastor of MCC of the Blue Ridge, and involved on a Network Team. Yes, I’m giving of my wisdom and sharing my gifts. But, I’d like to do something more.
So, I decided to give above and beyond what I give through my tithes at MCC of the Blue Ridge. As of April 2012, I am now giving monthly to MCC – the Movement. I invite everyone to give beyond by joining The Moderator’s Circle, and be blessed.
From Marina Laws – Staff Member, MCC Headquarters
I became a monthly donor through The Moderator’s Circle because I believe strongly in tithing. 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. I know that what I give each month through The Moderator’s Circle helps others, many of whom I may never meet. Just knowing that my gifts are being used wisely strengthens my commitment to God and MCC.