Commission on Pathways of Healing – Meeting Report – September, 2020

Commission Sept Meeting

At the monthly meeting, the Commission received a briefing from Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann, who is on intern placement with MCC as part of his studies for a B. A. in Gender and Diversity, at the Faculty Society and Economics (Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Kleve/Germany). Rev. Elder Ines-Paul has reviewed previous reports, studies, documents and briefings which were provided to MCC leadership. His presentation provided a framework for reviewing and discussing those reports and documents which included recommendations for racial and international equity and improvements.

As a part of our foundational work, MCC Staff, the Pathways Commission, and the Governing Board planned to participate in a day long anti-racism training facilitated by the Washington Consulting Group. The intention was to set the tone and common foundation for the continued work. More will be shared about this training in our next update.

The Commissioners have divided into 2 sub-teams to be able to focus more intensely on specific areas of concern. Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow will lead the team working on organizational change. Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston will lead the team working on personal pathways to healing. As Co-Chairs, they will be members of both groups.

In support of this important work, financial resources from the “Still Giving” fundraising campaign will be used for anti-racism training, education and action. This campaign was implemented to celebrate the birthdays of Rev. Elder Troy Perry and Rev Elder Nancy Wilson. Click Here to view Good News Results of the campaign

To continue this Commission’s communication with the global MCC, a web page has been established so that others may be updated on the work. Please visit the site frequently to see the latest updates.

As you read about the Commission and the Terms of Reference, please hold the Commissioners and the denomination in your prayers.

In partnership and ministry,

Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, MCC Detroit, USA (Co-Chair)
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator UFMCC (Co-Chair)
Rev. Cathy Alexander, MCC Staff
Ms. Clare Coughlin, Governing Board UFMCC
Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw, MCC Tampa, USA
Mr. Richard Norman, Good Hope MCC, South Africa
Ms. Ivana Warwick, ICM Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ms. Coralis Weston, Vision of Hope MCC, USA