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Commission on Pathways to Healing Members

First row: Rev. Cathy Alexander, Mr. Kedric Brown, Ms. Clare, Coughlin, Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Mr. Juan Garcia
Second row: Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw, Mr. Richard Norman, Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, Ms. Ivana Warwick

Terms of Reference

Charter – June 2020

We are the body of Christ. When one part of the body hurts, the whole body hurts.

Metropolitan Community Churches was founded in the USA. Because our roots are there, the racism in American society is also present in our roots.  As a global movement, we recognise that racism exists all over the world and we are committed to addressing and combatting its impact.

This Commission will set the foundation for an ongoing process of growth, development and cultural change in the areas of race equity, diversity and inclusion as a long term commitment throughout MCC.

The Commission on Pathways of Healing and Reconciliation will:

  • Design and offer a pathway for individuals to move towards healing and reconciliation on elements that have fractured relationships in recent years.
  • Review previous reports on diversity and inclusion, making recommendations on further work to be done.
  • Receive input from existing advisory groups on how MCC can improve diversity and inclusion.
  • Conduct an in depth review of MCC and its current state in relation to race equity.
  • Work with the Governing Board, Council of Elders, MCC staff, church leaders and local congregations to start the process of organizational and policy change, which will embed racial equity into all areas of the denomination.
  • Make recommendations for accountability mechanisms, so that the progress towards race equity, diversity and inclusion continues.
  • Respond in its work to any situations or events that unfold during the time of the Commission where it relates to or impacts the work of the Commission.
  • The Commission will meet primarily virtually and conduct much of its work via email

The Commission will meet initially for one year and will then. review if it needs more time to complete its key tasks.

Commission Members:

Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, MCC Detroit, USA (Co-Chair)
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator UFMCC (Co-Chair)
Rev. Cathy Alexander, MCC Staff
Mr. Kedric Brown, Resurrection MCC, Houston TX, USA
Ms. Clare Coughlin, Governing Board UFMCC
Mr. Juan Garcia, MCC of Washington DC, USA
Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw, MCC Tampa, USA
Mr. Richard Norman, Good Hope MCC, South Africa
Ms. Ivana Warwick, ICM Sao Paulo, Brazil

For questions or to contact the commission, please email [email protected]

Recent Updates and News

4 September 2021 Commission on Pathways of Healing and Reconciliation Update

1 July 2021 Available Now – Three Pathways of Healing and Reconciliation – 1 July 2021

18 June 2021 Update May/June 2021

9 June 2021 Informe de Reuniones de Abril-Mayo

9 June 2021 Abril/Maio

5 June 2021 Update April/May 2021

26 March 2021 Summary Report

3 December 2020 Meeting Report – October 2020

28 October 2020 Meeting Report – September, 2020

03 September 2020 Meeting Report – August, 2020

11 June 2020 A video message from MCC Moderator, Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston

11 June 2020 Governing Board Announcement of Commission on Pathways of Healing and Reconciliation


2016 Office of Emerging Ministries Task Force on Race and Gender: Strategic Action Plan

2014 Diversity and Inclusion Recommendations to Senior Leadership