Local MCCers and Churches in the News

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18 January 2018 Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto installs new senior pastor

15 January 2018 Roanoke LGBT Library finds home as research collection in Roanoke Diversity Center (Virginia, USA)

12 January 2018 Outspoken, pro-LGBTQ Christian pastor John Pavlovitz visits Resurrection MCC. (Texas, USA)

10 January 2018 Rev. Dr. James Stephen Burns

10 January 2018 Honrando el Milagroso Cristo Negro de Esquipulas

9 January 2018 Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to Mississippi LGBT law (USA)

8 January 2018 Website scores churches on the transparency of their LGBTQ policies

8 January 2018 Joe Cobb formally announces bid for City Council

7 January 2018 Cumple 20 años iglesia abierta a comunidad gay

3 January 2018 2017 Around the World: Progress and Persecution For LGBT People

3 January 2018 LGBT people: ‘Sisters are on our side!’

2 January 2018 Las Vegas vigil remembers transgender group. (Nevada, USA)

1 January 2018 Open Arms MCC in Pahoa to welcome new pastor

28 December 2017 MCC-SF’s brick memorial likely can’t be salvaged

28 December 2017 Joe Cobb to formally announce candidacy for Roanoke City Council

27 December 2017 Kwanzaa: Celebrating Who We Are and Who We Can Become

27 December 2017 Brent Hawkes retires after 40 years

27 December 2017 Brent Hawkes, pastor who officiated Canada’s first legal gay marriages, delivers final Christmas Eve sermon

24 December 2017 Palm Springs Community Service Awards recipients announced

22 December 2017 Faith Leaders Must Support Trans Siblings; Reject Religious Bigotry

15 December 2017 Comment sought on demolition plan for old MCC-SF site (California, USA)

13 December 2017 Compass Commemorates World AIDS Day (Florida, USA)

13 December 2017 Pride Community Advisory Council meets for first time (California, USA)

13 December 2017 Prayer vigil held in memory of gun violence victims (North Carolina, USA)

13 December 2017 Milwaukee Metropolitan Church Offers Light for the Holidays (Wisconsin, USA)

13 December 2017 MCC elder talks Cajun roots, faith and lesbian polyamorous relationship

11 December 2017 600 homeless people treated to festive season feast (South Africa)

11 December 2017 Juli Kay Ganoe – Memorial (Iowa, USA)

8 December 2017 Ex-skinhead to speak at no-hate symposium (Iowa, USA)

8 December 2017 Arrington, Wayne Henry (Virginia, USA)

8 December 2017 LGBTQ Church In PB Gardens Observes World AIDS Day With Artist/Activist Mary Fisher (California, USA)

7 December 2017 Rolling the Stone Away: LGBTQI Elders Meet the Next Generation of Christian Activists at a watershed conference

6 December 2017 Pastor Leslie Jackson is finally living his dream at Cathedral of Hope Houston. (Texas, USA)

5 December 2017 El Paso County Health Board Halts Needle Exchange Plan (Colorado, USA)

5 December 2017 NEW ON DVD: ‘UPSTAIRS INFERNO’ (Louisiana, USA)

1 December 2017 Trans protester declined offer to meet with police chief (D.C. USA)

30 November 2017 World Aids Day In Minnesota: Statistics, Tests, Treatment Info (Minnesota, USA)

30 November 2017 World AIDS Day events in Chicagoland (Illinois, USA)

30 November 2017 LGBTQ Church Opens ENOUGH FOR ALL Thrift Store In Lake Worth Plaza Shopping Center (California, USA)

30 November 2017 Grindr, Faith & Little Richard – How I Ended Up In A Gay Church (USA)

28 November 2017 AK Souffle: Truth (United Kingdom)

27 November 2017 Open Mic II – ‘The Gift’ – Christmas Eve service with The Village MCC (United Kingdom)

27 November 2017 Christmas on the streets with MCC (United Kingdom)

23 November 2017 Community Memorializes 487 Transgender Lives Lost to Violence in the Past Year (Michigan, USA)

23 November 2017 Coming Out in Religion: Rabbi Is ‘Blessed to Say LGBT Lives Matter’ (USA)

23 November 2017 Patches of AIDS Quilt Coming to Fort Lauderdale, Lake Worth (Florida, USA)

23 November 2017 Judge Permanently Blocks Trump Sanctuary Cities Order (California, USA)

23 November 2017 Washington’s LGBTQ+ Community, Allies, Mark Transgender Day Of Remembrance (USA)

20 November 2017 Metropolitan Community Church Illiana hosting Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil Nov. 20 (Indiana, USA)

20 November 2017 D.C. man charged with hitting trans woman with car pleads guilty (USA)

20 November 2017 Pueblo observance planned for Transgender Day of Remembrance (Colorado, USA)

20 November 2017 Faith and Values: Desperately seeking unconditional love (Pennsylvania, USA)

20 November 2017 Push for return of Georgia hate crime laws gaining traction ahead of new legislative year Working to bring back Georgia hate crime laws (Georgia, USA)

18 November 2017 Benjamin F. Dillingham III has died at the age of 72 (California, USA)

17 November 2017 Encabeza Obispa Retiro Nacional de Fraternidad de Iglesias Incluyentes ICM (Mexico)

16 November 2017 Faith Matters: We Matter (Washington, USA)

16 November 2017 Talking ‘the talk’: HCISD program encourages big talks between parents, students (Texas, USA)

16 November 2017 D.C.’s Trans Day of Remembrance set for Nov. 20 (USA)

15 November 2017 Gardens church raises $61,000 to replace organ fried by burglars (Florida, USA)

13 November 2017 Local churches talk security after Texas church shooting (Georgia, USA)

9 November 2017 Louis R. Escobar, Obituary (Pennsylvania, USA)

8 November 2017 Over the Rainbow…Literally (Wisconsin, USA)

7 November 2017 Gun control in a place of worship (Texas, USA)

6 November 2017 Rev Peta Evans, Associate Pastor of The Village MCC in Brighton, reflects on the city they love – and they’re relationship with it (United Kingdom)

3 November 2017 Village MCC – guest preacher, Rev Kate Harford (United Kingdom)

3 November 2017 Bruce W. Ashcraft, Jr. – Obituary (Florida, USA)

2 November 2017 THEATER REVIEW Upstairs: The Musical (Illinois, USA)

2 November 2017 Scapegoating Gays Again (Wisconsin, USA)

2 November 2017 Faith and freedom for LGBTI people | Faith Matters (New York, USA)

2 November 2017 Watch: Destiny Church’s Brian Tamaki labels NZ’s gay clergy ‘contamination in churches’, in new sermon

1 November 2017 Judge Opens New Path to Challenge Mississippi Anti-LGBT Law (USA)

30 October 2017 Toronto Theatre guru Ernest J. Schwarz broke boundaries of the stage (Ontario, Canada)

30 October 2017 Bringing light to the domestic and sexual violence (Iowa, USA)

28 October 2017 Rainbow Chorus Chair to speak at The Village MCC this Sunday (United Kingdom)

25 October 2017 MCCQC hosts candlelight service (Iowa, USA)

25 October 2017 SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Tragic LGBTQ event inspires musical (United Kingdom)

18 October 2017 Green MP to speak at The Village MCC this Sunday (United Kingdom)

16 October 2017 Waco celebrates LGBT pride with Out on the Brazos festival (Texas, USA)

13 October 2017 San Diego MCC extends help to Puerto Rico’s MCC churches (California, USA)

13 October 2017 One chapter ends, another begins for Toronto’s Dr. Rev. Brent Hawkes (Ontario, Canada)

11 October 2017 Switchboard CEO to speak at Village MCC (United Kingdom)

9 October 2017 Brent Hawkes’s successor knows he has big pews to fill at Metropolitan Community Church (Ontario, Canada)

9 October 2017 Heroes of Harvey: Restoring Resurrection (Texas, USA)

9 October 2017 Brandon Robertson book launch at The Village MCC (United Kingdom)

7 October 2017 Iglesia Presenta a su Primer Pastor Trans (United Kingdom)

6 October 2017 LGBTQ Christians come together at Rolling the Stone Away Conference (Missouri, USA)

6 October 2017 Faith and HIV in America, Then and Now (California, USA)

6 October 2017 U.S. wrong on U.N. death penalty resolution, LGBT-affirming pastor says (Louisiana, USA)

6 October 2017 Faith, God and Family: Examining LGB attitudes toward transgender people (New York, USA)

4 October 2017 No the ‘first same-sex church wedding’ did not just take place in the UK

4 October 2017 Offer prayers for Las Vegas victims. But don’t stop there (Nevada, USA)

4 October 2017 No stay; House Bill 1523 going into effect Friday (Mississippi, USA)

2 October 2017 Court upholds ruling for Miss. anti-LGBT law — but there’s stinging dissent (Mississippi, USA)

2 October 2017 “Coming Out Week” coming to SIUE (Missouri, USA)

2 October 2017 Face to Face: Reverend Jane Clarke, LGBTI Metropolitan Community Church, Glasgow (United Kingdom)

2 October 2017 North Hawaii supports ‘Nothing more’: Adults and children join international sing-along aimed at ending gun violence (New York, USA)

2 October 2017 This Brighton church welcomes its first non-binary, trans man ordained minister (United Kingdom)

29 September 2017 Have a Little Faith (Arizona, USA)

29 September 2017 Men talk spirituality, building bonds at panel (California, USA)

29 September 2017 Village MCC Brighton & Hove welcomes new associate Pastor (United Kingdom)

29 September 2017 Let’s re-elect Sheriff Bill Gore (California, USA)

29 September 2017 Spotlight On Legacy Award Recipients at MCC Detroit Anniversary Event (Michigan, USA)

26 September 2017 Metropolitan Community Church to Donate 50 Percent of Funds Raised at LA CAGE AUX FOLLES to Relief Efforts (Florida, USA)

24 September 2017 Houstonians head to New Orleans for hearing on ‘sanctuary cities’ law (Texas, USA)

21 September 2017 LGBTQ self-care in the age of Trump (Maryland, USA)

18 September 2017 Peace Week Delaware revs up Saturday (USA)

18 September 2017 LGBTQ Harvey relief continues with T.R.U.T.H project event, Rich’s drag show (Texas, USA)

13 September 2017 LIVE LOCAL, LIVE SMALL: Shining a light on the story of Wilmington’s Talana Kreeger (North Carolina, USA)

13 September 2017 The hidden history of queer Chicanos in LA (California, USA)

13 September 2017 Commentary: Utah clergy respond to Nashville statement (USA)

8 September 2017 Sussex County peace march and rally set for Sept. 16 (Delaware, USA)

8 September 2017 Lifelong Dream Comes True for Livonia Couple (Michigan, USA)

8 September 2017 Local faith leaders band together to fight intolerance (Florida, USA)

6 September 2017 Making movies in the Parkland (Missouri, USA)

6 September 2017 Texomans react to DACA decision (Texas, USA)

6 September 2017 MNM’s LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Preview to Benefit LGBT Church in PB Gardens (Florida, USA)

5 September 2017 Nashville loses a LGBT leader and friend (Tennessee, USA)

1 September 2017 MCC congregation hears Christian singer’s inspiring story (California, USA)

29 August 2017 Speakers welcome diversity at Rock Island rally (Iowa, USA)

29 August 2017 LGBT relief funds launched to help Texas hurricane victims (Texas, USA)

28 August 2017 MCC founder reflects on Cuba trip

25 August 2017 Michael McBride: Our Man Crush and A Look At Life (Illinois, USA)

25 August 2017 Divine Peace MCC Welcomes New Interim Pastor (Michigan, USA)

25 August 2017 Are LGBT Churches Headed for the Great Beyond? (Texas, USA)

23 August 2017 ‘I fear my neighbour’ – the story behind US hate crimes (Florida, USA)

21 August 2017 MNM Productions Announces Cast for LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (California, USA)

17 August 2017 Hundreds attend No Hate Rally in Davenport

17 August 2017 Marriage Equality: What is Happening in Australia?

17 August 2017 Village MCC members raise £300 for the Peter Tatchell Foundation

16 August 2017 Portage gets first look at human rights proposal (Illinois, USA)

14 August 2017 Vision of Hope MCC pastors seek to grow the ministry of church that has special ties to the LGBT community (Pennsylvania, USA)

14 August 2017 ‘Call out hate’: Twin Cities respond to Charlottesville (Minnesota, USA)

11 August 2017 Time Out Youth Center’s dream becomes reality (North Carolina, USA)

10 August 2017 Family, community memorializes trans woman on her 27th birthday (Texas, USA)

10 August 2017 Controversial Flyers Posted in Davenport (Iowa, USA)

8 August 2017 PREVIEW: PRIDE VOICES with Rev Jide Macauley (UK)

8 August 2017 Church to give away 100 backpacks (Kansas, USA)

7 August 2017 Transgender ‘bathroom bill’ leaves Texas Christians deeply divided (USA)

7 August 2017 Designers, volunteers gave their time so kids in need could call CASA a second home (Colorado, USA)

6 August 2017 Behind the Headlines: The issues impacting LGBTQ people of African descent (Missouri, USA)

3 August 2017 ‘I just want a little bit of hope’: LGBT community holds town hall to discuss missing men (Canada)

3 August 2017 Police, metro neighborhoods celebrate National Night Out MCC takes on National Night Out (Nebraska, USA)

2 August 2017 Neighborhood Night Out event preps kids to head back to school (Nebraska, USA)

1 August 2017 Central Florida elected officials gather at JOY MCC to stand with the transgender community (USA)

31 July 2017 Hundreds Rally in Royal Oak to Support Transgender Troops (Michigan, USA)

31 July 2017 Troy Perry makes a visit (Texas, USA)

28 July 2017 LGBTQ advocates in New Orleans react to Trump transgender in military decision (Louisiana, USA)

28 July 2017 Pride Festival of Central Pa. through the years in photos (USA)

28 July 2017 LGBTQ church protests President’s ban on transgendered military service members (Florida, USA)

28 July 2017 Sin tabú: pastor y militante gay

26 July 2017 Alexander: The right to be awful (Iowa, USA)

24 July 2017 The LGBT church restoring faith to the community (Scotland, United Kingdom)

24 July 2017 New pastor wants to ‘draw the circle wider’ around progressive Toronto church (Canada)

21 July 2017 San Diego Trans Pride event educates, empowers, entertains (California, USA)

20 July 2017 Judge suspends criminal proceedings against ‘homeless murders’ suspect (California, USA)

20 July 2017 Gay Nigerian minister visits D.C. (USA)

20 July 2017 Local Organizations Partner to Host Bystander Intervention Training to Combat Hate (Maryland, USA)

20 July 2017 Minister Jeff Rock leaves Red Deer as a more inclusive and welcoming community (Canada)

19 July 2017 Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto announces new senior pastor (Canada)

17 July 2017 Crowd turns out for Hagerstown Hopes’ Pride festival (Maryland, USA)

17 July 2017 Past time for Scott to honor vow to act against LGBT discrimination (Florida, USA)

17 July 2017 Rock moves on to take up new ministry in Toronto (Canada)

17 July 2017 Meet Jeff Rock, the scientist who became a Toronto pastor (Canada)

17 July 2017 Pilgrimage to Cuba

14 July 2017 Rev. Jeff Rock to take lead of Toronto LGBTQ congregation (Canada)

14 July 2017 Beyond Park East IV: Faith & The LGBT Community (Florida, USA)

11 July 2017 Valley’s LGBT churches offer safe place, ‘redemption’ (Pennsylvania, USA)

11 July 2017 Meet Rev. Jackie Carter, Table of Hope MCC in Wichita, (Kansas, USA)

5 July 2017 New Spirit in The Old Steine (UK)

1 July 2017 The Met Church (San Diego) Protest Gay Conversion Therapy Conference (California, USA)

21 June 2017 New York’s L.G.B.T.Q. Story Began Well Before Stonewall (New York, USA)

18 June 2017 The Met Church (San Diego) Celebrate Father’s Day (California, USA)

16 June 2017 Demonstrators say you can’t pray the gay away (featuring Rev. Dan Koeshall) (California, USA)

16 June 2017 Activists Protest ‘Conversion Therapy’ Conference In San Diego (California, USA)

15 June 2017 Channel 7/30 Restored Hope Network news story and interview with Rev. Dan Koedhall

15 June 2017 Rev. Dan Koeshall, The Met Church featured in news item on ‘gay-conversion’

4 March 2017 The Village MCC celebrates Women’s History Month with guest speakers

24 February 2017 Uptown pastor speaks out against reversal of protections for transgender students

24 February 2017 Metropolitan Community Churches Decries Trans Discrimination

6 February 2017 Village MCC pastor organises tribute concert for Brighton member

5 February 2017 Central Texas churches join in Civil Sunday Protest

4 February 2017 Mar-a-Lago protesters: ‘When will we get tired of marching? Never.’

23 January 2017 The Village MCC host faith days at B Right On Festival in Brighton

12 October 2016 South Aucklanders are campaigning against new liquor stores

12 August 2016 LGBT activists protest Rubio, Trump at pastors event

1 July 2016 Houston church honors Orlando shooting victims, Asks forgiveness for shooter

29 June 2016 Prayers for Orlando victims, but support for lifestyle?

27 June 2016 Local same-sex couples call for more protection on anniversary of Supreme Court ruling

27 June 2016 Pope says Christians should apologize for wronging gays (Resurrection MCC featured)

26 June 2016 Sunday Marks 1-Year Anniversary of Gay Marriage Ruling

26 June 2016 Pride on display at annual Portage church picnic

25 June 2016 248 same-sex couples marry in county in past year

25 June 2016 Family, friends of Sarasota Pulse victim flock to St. Pete Pride (w/video)

24 June 2016 U.S. Attorney Brown meets LGBTQ leaders, vows hate crime vigilance in wake of Orlando

24 June 2016 ‘Beats on Broad’ celebrates U.S. Supreme Court ruling of same-sex marriage

24 June 2016 1 year after same-sex marriage ruling, Lubbock couple says ‘it was a blessing’

23 June 2016 Muslims stand with LGBT community after Orlando attack; refuse to apologize for shooter

21 June 2016 ‘You can be gay and Christian’, says Orlando church leader

19 June 2016 Florida LGBT church remembers Orlando attack victims in special service

12 June 2016 Orlando Horror Reminds Us of The Haunting Tragedy Of The Upstairs Lounge, New Orleans

12 June 2016 Orlando LGBT Organizations: “Our Community Is Wounded”

12 June 2016 Joy MCC Holds Vigil for Largest Mass Shooting in U.S.

30 March 2016 Pastors of Metropolitan Community Churches Speak Out Against HB2

22 January 2016 Rev Roland Stringfellow, MCC Detroit, listed in “16 faith leaders to watch”

22 December 2015 Like a prayer: Suncoast MCC pastor Gina Durbin opens the doors and opens minds

23 November 2015 First MCC of Kansas in Wichita tired of vandalism, threats to staff

6 November 2015 MCC Brighton makes new start in city

21 September 2015 Yakima gay community hopes smaller, conservative communities follow national trend

20 September 2015 Rev. Jackie Carter, First MCC of Kansas speaks at Wichita Pride

18 September 2015 Liberating Religious Liberty Symposium co-organised by MCC Detroit’s Rev. Roland Stringfellow

17 September 2015 MCC San Diego’s Mark Padgett to enter his 23rd AIDS walk

15 September 2015 Rev. Carolyn Mobley, MCC Richmond featured in community partnership article on the UCI Road World Cycling Championships

11 September 2015 MCC of the Blue Ridge holds service to benefit the LGBTQ community

11 September 2015 Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson quoted in article “Christians behaving badly”

4 September 2015 Rev. DeWayne Davis Featured in article on black men and the down low

3 September 2015 Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson featured in article on Cathedral of Hope, the Texas Megachurch

2 September 2015 MCC Sydney hosts 2015 MCC Australasian Network Women’s Retreat

31 August 2015 All God’s Children MCC holds candlelight vigil for overdose deaths

30 August 2015 Rev. Rich Hendricks & MCC Quad Cities lead interfaith event standing against hate

30 August 2015 Joe Cobb, Pastor of MCC of the Blue Ridge speaks at Memorial Service Held For Slain Journalists In Roanoke, Virginia

28 August 2015 MCC of Our Redeemer has successful fundraising campaign for security cameras

20 August 2015 Rev. Daniel Payne & Open Doors MCC, Seoul challenging anti-gay charge in Korea

7 August 2015 City of Light MCC in Atlanta finds new home and expands its reach!

7 August 2015 First MCC of Kansas drive for pet food bank

6 August 2015 MCC Omaha hosts National Night Out (Video)

4 August 2015 Wichita Falls MCC Pastor Rev. Mel Martinez Responds To Boys Scouts Decision To Lift Ban On Gay Adult Leaders

31 July 2015 Rev. Michael Hydes & The Village MCC receive full-page (p.36) coverage in Brighton, UK LGBT Scene magazine