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MCC Headline News – March 2011

Metropolitan Community Churches

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

Governing Board Communications
to MCC March 2011

 

MCC’s new Governing Board met face to face for the second time March 3 through 7 at DaySpring Retreat Center near Sarasota Florida. This meeting was characterized by a sense of confidence in this new structure, and excitement about MCC’s “maturing” organizationally.

With a powerful sense of renewal and commitment to “Tearing Down Walls and Building Up Hope”, we did the following:

Strategic Review and planning: The Governing Board had a lively discussion about MCC’s future, and established a short term Strategic planning process and committee, including members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and members at Large to bring back a draft to our August joint meeting with the SLT.

Open Questions: we challenged ourselves to a deeper engagement with each other, and MCCer’s on improving global participation (we are thrilled about our newly appointed International Task Force!); young adult participation at all levels of MCC; and growing our organization in all ways, including financially.

Finances and Budget development: We passed the remainder of the 2011 budget, did a lot of work on financial policy and investment policy. The board is pleased with the success, even in this economy, of achieving financial health and stability.  We approved an operating reserve, a million dollar minimum balance in our investments, and established the 2011 Audit Committee. All financial policies are now housed in our new Policy Handbook, with will be online soon.

We spent a day with our Development Director, making the case for MCC’s future development needs. The Governing Board is engaged in donor development and in the support for resourcing of local church Stewardship as part of our long term plan…

We met with the Chair of the Board of Pensions, U.S., Devon Avery, and clarified the relationship between our two boards, the lines of accountability and reporting, and were excited to hear of their progress as well.

 

Governing Board members took turns offering worship and prayer, and Rev. Candace Shultis preached for us on Transfiguration Sunday.

 

We invited MCCer’s Ann Vassilaros and Fran Solitro to dine with us on Sunday evening, and formally thanked them for their generous contributions to MCC, with a tribute in our minutes.

 

Click here to learn more about the MCC Governing Board and the work that they are doing.

 

Grace and Peace,

 

UFMCC Governing Board

 

The MCC People of African Descent Conference  

Loving Ourselves Into Liberation

 

The MCC Conference for People of African Descent – Our Friends, and Allies at the Fairmont Hotel,  Washington, DC -may 19-21, 2011 click here to register today! 

Click here to find out everything you have ever wanted to know about the 2011 MCC PAD Conference and MORE!

Join the MCC PAD Conference at the 2011 HRC Clergy Call for Justice and Equality

 

May 22-24, 2011  |  Washington, DC RSVP now:  www.hrc.org/ClergyCall

MCC Headline News

 

State of Metropolitan Community Churches Webinar

Dear Members and Friends of MCC,

Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson and the Governing Board of MCC would like to invite you to join them on March 31st for a webinar presentation on the State of MCC.  The Governing Board is anxious to share with the members and friends of MCC what has been happening in the months since General Conference.  These have been busy times, and we would like to ensure that we are communicating with each of you directly regarding many interesting and exciting activities.

Since the use of webinars is new to MCC, if this method of sharing is useful and successful, we will consider adding further webinar’s.  They will serve as a means for the Governing Board to present and receive information.  To that end, we hope you will join us in support of this new method of information sharing.

 

On this webinar the following will be presented:

-          Report out from the most recent Governing Board Meeting

-          Information on current denominational programs and initiatives

-          Update on the current financial status of our denomination

 

This webinar will be offered twice on Thursday, March 31st:

1.       Noon – 1:30 PM/ ET  (5:00-6:30pm GMT)

2.       7:00 – 8:30 PM/ET  (APR 1 – 00:00-01:30am GMT)

 

You can access the webinar in two methods:

1.        To listen to the presentation only by phone call:

a.       Dial-in Number: 1.218.936.4141

b.      Enter Participant Code: 778024

 

2.      To listen and view the power point presentation please use the following information. With our online meeting software, you have the option to listen to the conversation and view the meeting presentation without having to dial in to a conference phone line. Please be sure that you have speakers connected to your computer or that you are using headphones to listen in and check to be sure that the volume on your computer is turned up.  To join the meeting, click on the link below or copy and paste the link into the address bar of your web browser.  Additionally, please do not use the link prior to the scheduled webinar as it will not appear to be a valid webpage.

http://connectpro65389412.na5.acrobat.com/r94745882/

Choose the option to enter as a Guest and enter your full name and your email address in the “Type your name” field. This will allow the meeting presenters to identify you should you have any questions or comments during the meeting. Please enter the information in the following format:

Firstname Lastname, EmailAddress (Bob Sample, )

Presenters will be:

Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Presiding Elder/Moderator of MCC

Rev. Tony Freeman, Vice-Chairperson of the MCC Governing Board

Ms. Liz Bisordi, MCC Governing Board Treasurer

Ms. Barbara Crabtree, Director of Operations

Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin, Governing Board Member & Webinar Facilitator

 

Please Note: The webinar will be in presentation mode.  All lines will be muted.  The presentation will be recorded  and uploading at a later time to the MCC website.  If you have questions during the webinar please send an email

Look forward you to joining us!

 

Peace and blessing in this season of Lent on our way to Easter joy!

 

 

Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson

Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin

 

Reflect, Renew, Refresh!  

Diana Butler Bass

OFLD Clergy Retreat with Diana Butler Bass

September 12-14, 2011

Duncan Retreat Center, Delray Beach, FL

 

Cost of the retreat is $275 US which includes 2 nights lodging (double occupancy with a private bath and wireless internet) and six meals.  The $275 rate is good until May 5, 2011. After May 5 through July 5, 2011 cost for the retreat will be $325.  Absolute deadline for all registrations is July 5, 2011.  Click here to register.

 

Thanks to a generous donation from MCC Austin, the OFLD will be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to help with the cost of registration for the retreat.  Please contact Rev. Dr. Mona West () to inquire about scholarship applications.

 

For more information on Diana Butler Bass and to view a video of one of her presentations go to

http://www.dianabutlerbass.com/. To find out more about the Duncan Retreat Center go to www.duncancenter.org.

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