Affirming MCC Priorities During the Interim Period

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Metropolitan Community Churches are compelled by an unfinished calling and a prophetic destiny. We are a global movement of spiritually, sexually and gender diverse people who are fully awake to God’s enduring love. A time of leadership transition creates new opportunities to live into our vision, mission and core values as people of faith who support human rights.

Today, traditional paths of participation in church have shifted dramatically, impacting sustainability of our current model at every level. MCC leadership also recognizes that over the last six years, multiple task forces on global integration, diversity, and inclusion have established rationale for a vision of organizational change. Most recently, the 2016 General Conference was unable to elect a Moderator to lead the denomination signaling the need for an interim time of transition and change.

The purpose of the Interim Period is to listen deeply and act boldly as we assess our present reality in order to:

  1. Actively discover, discern, and decide our future.
  2. Position MCC to respond to 21st century people.
  3. Prepare to select the next Moderator.

Working together to create our future, we will transform the health of our global community and embrace the blessing of our diverse relationships.

Beginning in 2017, we will:

  1. Heal and build healthy relationships among churches, ministries, lay and clergy leaders and with the denomination.
  2. Expand and establish sustainable, culturally-appropriate systems and protocols for recruitment, development and support of leaders, churches, and ministries in each global area.
  3. Develop realistic sustainable financial models that will serve to strengthen local churches, ministries, and the denomination.
  4. Expand and strengthen a lived commitment to diversity and inclusion in a local and global context.

These four priorities are the building blocks for a plan. Over the next few weeks MCC leadership bodies will be engaged in an intentional process of active listening and strategic planning.

As the people of MCC, we want to hear from you! Soon, you will begin to receive invitations to dialogue as part of active discovery and discernment. Please share the information you receive and attend events whenever possible.

We ask for you to pray for the people of MCC, including churches, ministries, clergy, and lay leaders.

Today we are encouraged on these first steps and look forward to our journey together.

Blessings to us all in the sacred work of MCC around the world,

Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, MCC Interim Moderator
Governing Board
Council of Elders
Senior Leadership Team

MCC Governing Board:
Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, Interim Moderator; Sarah-Jane Ramage, Vice-Chairperson;
Kimberly Brown, Treasurer; Rev. Joe Cobb, Clerk; Rev. Dr. Stephanie Burns, Angel Collie,
Dr. Mark Dalgleish, Rev. Jakob Hero, Rev. Dr. William Hubbard Knight.
MCC Council of Elders:

Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, Interim Moderator;
Elder Nancy Maxwell, Convener; Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann,
Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner, Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León,
Rev. Elder Tony Freeman, Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez,
Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson, Rev. Elder Dr. Candace R. Shultis, Rev. Elder Mona West, PhD

MCC Senior Leadership Team
Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, Interim Moderator;
Linda Brenner, Barbara Crabtree, Emily Gaylor, Rev. Elder Tony Freeman,
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez,
Rev. Elder Mona West, PhD