Metropolitan Community Churches have always been ecumenical in nature, drawing together people from diverse theological backgrounds. In fact, we believe that our theological diversity is one of our greatest strengths.
In a world increasingly divided by claims of theological orthodoxy and religious fundamentalism, our ability to intentionally engage our differences within a context of unity is one of the God-given gifts we have to offer the world. In a world increasingly bereft of hope due to indifference and secularism, MCC bears witness to the life transforming nature of God’s inclusive love.
Indeed, MCC’s theological mission is to tear down walls and build up hope. This is work we must do both within and between our own congregations, and more broadly in the world.
The MCC Theologies Team seeks to create opportunities and provide resources that will enable “holy conversations” within our denomination about our various beliefs concerning a range of topics (e.g. the integration of sexuality and spirituality, the nature of Jesus, baptism, communion, GLBT people’s unique place on the margins of society, and the priesthood of all believers, among other things).
Our experience in MCC is that theological labels and characterizations can be hurtful and misleading. Our hope is to build bridges across our theological differences and empower all people in MCC to do theology.
Because issues of sexuality and spirituality continue to be debated in religious communities worldwide, and because of the increasing interest in the academic study of sexual identities, it is time to renew our call to articulate the many theologies that are present in our lived experience as God’s GLBTQIA people to the larger religious world, the academy, and our partners in social justice and human rights action. The Theologies Team also seeks to encourage and equip MCC to engage in this larger “holy conversation.”