Despite significant opposition from groups across the political spectrum (far left to far right) and a concerted effort by those of us in the faith community, Senate and House negotiators have drafted a final version of the National Defense Authorization Act that includes specific authorization for the use of long-term indefinite detention without trial. The same bill also includes provisions that will make it more difficult to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
Under the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, sponsored by Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-Maine), same-sex domestic partners of federal employees living together in a committed relationship would be eligible for health benefits, long-term care, family and medical leave, and federal retirement benefits.
World AIDS Day (1 December 2011)
2012 Leadership Mentoring Retreat
Registration Now Open for Next L.E.A.D. Retreat
International Transgender Day of Remembrance (20 November 2011)
We Congratulate MCC of Greater St. Louis!
Governing Board Webinar
An important leadership development program is being offered by MCC, and I want to encourage the people of MCC in Europe to apply. The MCC Leadership Mentoring Retreat will take place in Ellenton, Florida (USA), 16-19 January 2012. Transportation can be coordinated from either of the two nearest airports: Sarasota/Bradenton (SRQ) and Tampa (TPA).
An MCC 43rd Anniversary Thank You To 2011 Fellowship Sunday Pacesetter Churches. We are on our way to our goal of $25,000 USD. It’s not too late to donate, if you or your church has not participated yet.
Using a new format to increase dialogue between the co-presenters as well as among the men, we will consider three “movements” of gratitude, given our proximity to Canadian Thanksgiving in October and American Thanksgiving in November.
In this issue: Connie Meadows’ Retirement, Moderator Assistant Position Open, 2012 Leadership Mentoring Retreat, ITF Steering Committee Meeting Update, International Transgender Day of Remembrance (20 November 2011), Theologies Team Survey, Go Purple for Spirit Day (20 October 2011), 2012 Women’s Conference, U.S. and Canada Clergy Renewal & Upcoming Events
MCC Remembers Dr. Frank Kameny. A brave soul transitioned yesterday, 11 October 2011. In true Frank fashion, he left us on United States National Coming Out Day.
October is upon us, and MCC congregations around the world are celebrating the 43rd anniversary of MCC’s founding!