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Share your Good News stories, as well as your brilliant ideas and resources that you have found helpful. Remember too, share your online events that are open beyond your local congregation. Send these things to [email protected]
Thank you for helping CONNECT MCC!


SATURDAY, April 17


Saturday, April 17Community Without Borders
11am EDT / 10am CDT / 8am PDT /
3pm GMT

If you speak English and are looking to create and build relationships with
others, you are invited to attend. These gatherings offer you the freedom to talk about spiritual topics in a safe and sacred environment. Email [email protected] for the ZOOM link.

Sharing the Journey
English MCC Virtual Community


Sentieri – Gruppo Spirituale (Footpaths Spiritual Group)
April 17th – 9pm Italy time / 7pm GMT
3pm EDT / 2pm CDT / 12pm PDT

Sentieri è un gruppo spirituale virtuale totalmente inclusivo in lingua italiana. Ci incontriamo una volta al mese su Zoom per confrontarci su diversi temi. Gli incontri sono aperti a chiunque voglia fare un cammino spirituale (in senso lato e non strettamente religioso) insieme ad altre persone, nel rispetto di [email protected] Il prossimo appuntamento: sarà sabato 17 aprile alle ore 21.00. Argomento: “Sessualità & Spiritualità. Trans-formazioni: uscire dal sepolcro dell’invisibilità per risorgere nel riconoscimento dei diritti”. Se sei [email protected] invia una mail a [email protected] per ricevere il link di accesso all’incontro.


The Boys and the Nuns

THE BOYS AND THE NUNS

by Sandra Delgado
Music by Michael McBride
April 17-25 – ON ZOOM
Tickets and information available at https://bit.ly/3bgZv0A

Composer Michael McBride is the Music Director of aChurch4Me! (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
To pass the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance, members of Chicago’s LGBT+ community and an order of Catholic Sisters come together to change both their city and their world. Set in the 1980s, this musical explores dignity, identity, and power of faith in a striking period of Chicago history.


TUESDAY, April 20


TEA Time with the Community Development TeamTea Time
5pm EDT / 9pm GMT

https://zoom.us/j/248584328?pwd=NmRackdTN1luZ2kreHNISFJMWC9TZz09#success

Meeting ID: 248 584 328
Password: 469464


SanctuaryOnline launches a new feature: Meet the Artist
5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern

How does a 25-year military veteran with a PhD find herself creating incredible metal sculptures and jewelry? Find out about her journey and her work as Cheryl interviews artist Edie Disler. See more examples of her amazing metal sculptures and exquisite jewelry and learn how she does it!

Sanctuary’s Zoom Room: www.SanctuaryOnline.live


WEDNESDAY, April 21


The Cross and the Lynching Tree

MCC Tampa, MCC of the Palm Beaches and MCC of Greater St. Louis are offering a book study on James Cone’s text “The Cross and the Lynching Tree.” This is a 5 week study on Wednesday evenings at 7pm EDT beginning Wednesday, April 14th. MCC Clergy can meet their 2021 CEU requirements to have at least 2 CEU hours devoted to anti-racism, anti-oppression, or anti-colonialism by participating. Here’s the link to register: https://mcctampa.breezechms.com/form/TCLT


THURSDAY, April 22


EARTH DAY2021 Earth Day
Thursday, April 22nd

https://www.earthday.org/toolkit-earth-day-2021-restore-our-earth/

What action projects might your church take this year to celebrate and care for the Earth?


FRIDAY, April 23


ChaplainsChaplain Connection
10am EDT / 2pm GMT

Come, discuss the trials and joys of being a chaplain and the unique perspective you have on ministry in these times. If you have questions please contact Rev Cathy Alexander at [email protected].

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/97515395940?pwd=czlLTFlSSDdpYTJkcmhZZ0RQS0EvUT09
Meeting ID: 975 1539 5940 Passcode: 890406


SATURDAY, April 25


Installation of Rev. Joy Simpson

MCC Omaha (Nebraska, USA) invites you to celebrate the installation of their new senior pastor, Rev. Joy Simpson, during the weekend of April 24-25. MCC Elder Carolyn Mobley-Bowie will be participating. Clergy and Lay Leaders are encouraged to attend the reception on Sat. April 25, which follows the program Rev. Elder Carolyn will present with her wife, Rev. Adrain – Praise and Prose at 2:00pm CDT. The Installation of Pastor Joy takes place during worship Sun, April 25 at 10:30am CDT. All activities are at the church: 819 S. 22, Omaha, NE. You can also watch the Sunday service via Zoom. Here is the link to the Sunday ZOOM service. Launch Meeting – Zoom
RSVP to Jim Welsh at [email protected]


MONDAY, April 26


Chaplain ConnectionChaplains
5pm EDT / 9pm GMT

Come, discuss the trials and joys of being a chaplain and the unique perspective you have on ministry in these times. If you have questions please contact Rev Cathy Alexander at [email protected]

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/97515395940?pwd=czlLTFlSSDdpYTJkcmhZZ0RQS0EvUT09
Meeting ID: 975 1539 5940 Passcode: 890406


TUESDAY, April 27


SanctuaryOnline – April Book Club
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern

Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history with the story of a young woman named Ana. It’s part meticulously researched historical fiction and part provocative feminist theological speculation. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, Ana is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything.
Get reading and join the conversation!

Sanctuary’s Zoom Room: www.SanctuaryOnline.live


THURSDAY, April 29


Asian Community Forum
April 29 – 6:30pm PT / 8:30pm CT / 9:30pm ET / 1:30am GMT April 30

hosted by Diversity and Inclusion Coordinators – Camille Araullo and Rev. Stedney Phillips

We will continue the conversation of concern for the API Community in light of the recent Anti-Asian hate crimes, share resources, and collaborate on ways to take action in our communities.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6619098573 Meeting ID: 661 909 8573


MAY


Asian PacificResources for Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month will be available shortly.


SUNDAY, May 9


It’s Mother’s Day in many countries.


May 18-21


Thriving in MinistryTraining Retreat
for new
Mentors and Mentees
May 18-21, 2021
Thriving in Ministry

This is a grant funded program open only to USA clergy. Clergy and pastoral leaders in MCC are supported by intentional mentoring, educational opportunities, and monthly check-ins to help you Thrive in Ministry!

For more information on this program, contact Marie Tasker, Program Manager at [email protected].


WEEKLY EVENTS



MONDAYS


CHRISTIANS & COCKTAILS
Every Monday at 6pm EDT / 11pm GMT

Live on Facebook.com/SunshineCathedral

Christians & Cocktails is a fun program that offers connection, religious education, and even pastoral care. A diverse panel discusses a seemingly endless array of religious and spiritual topics that are raised from panelists and viewers alike. Representing the rainbow diversity of our broad commiunity, our C&C panel includes:
7 gay identified people, 1 bisexual, and 1 heterosexual,
5 women & 4 men,
5 caucasians, 3 Latinx, and 1 African American,
5 clergy & 4 lay persons,
3 people living with HIV,
and the panelists range in age from mid-30s to early 70s.

No question is off limits and you may hear viewpoints you’ve never heard or considered before. Rev. Durrell Watkins responds to the questions and then invites other panelists to share their insights. The conversation is rich, honest, courageous, sometimes irreverent, and always a lot of fun.


THURSDAYS


Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston headshotPrayer Time with the Moderator

EVERY THURSDAY

5:15pm EDT / 10:15pm GMT

https://www.facebook.com/RevElderCeciliaEggleston

Join the Moderator for a time of reflection and prayer on Facebook Live.


Alabanza Joy MCCBilingual Praise Gathering – Thursdays at 7 pm EDT/11 pm GMT

hosted by Joy MCC, Orlando, Florida, USA

https://zoom.us/j/827025531#success


NOTEWORTHY ITEMS


LGBTQ Friendly Grief & Loss Online Support Group

Rev. Daniel J Borysewicz and Vitas East Bay Grief Support
An open grief support group for anyone who is dealing with the loss of a loved one, partner, family member or close friend. The group is free of charge & open to people of all ages, ethnicities, and gender presentation. Lead by culturally competent, experienced bereavement support counselors.
Doors open at 5:55pm PDT / 8:55 EDT https://fb.me/e/3P32o4JPx


Queering CPE

Looking for access to CPE? Consider online units with a queer MCC Certified ACPE Educator. Reverend Jennifer “jc” Hall, partnered with the Ecumenical Institute for CPE, is now offering 2021 spring, summer, and fall online CPE units. You may use your existing ministry context for clinical hours, add some clinical experience in a different location, or we will design something to fit your needs.

Questions? Let’s be in contact at [email protected]. For additional information visit https://acpe.edu/career/ecumenical-institute-for-clinical-pastoral-education

The Ecumenical Institute is accredited to offer Level I and Level II CPE by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education


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