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May you be blessed this Easter. 

Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston,
Moderator


IN THIS ISSUE


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  • In Case You Missed It
  • Events & Opportunities
  • Ongoing Events
  • We Want to Hear Your Voice
  • Resources

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT


The Early Bird Registration Rate for General Conference has been extended until May 1st. Learn about our exciting plenary speakers and register at: https://generalconference.mccchurch.org/register-2022/
2022 GC Be Transformed


 

Here’s the replay of the People of African Descent: The Next Generation, Ritual Ceremony.


MCC Supports Ukraine

It’s not too late to support LGBTQ+ refugees from Ukraine. Take some inspiration from what one church did:
“On April 3, 2022, Saint John the Apostle MCC held a Ukraine Sunday. During this difficult time, we lifted Ukrainians up in prayer, wore yellow and blue in solidarity, and received a special offering for the MCC Disaster Relief Fund. Enclosed you will find… $1,299 in support of Ukraine. In addition to the special offering, Saint John the Apostle MCC made a separate contribution of $2,250.00 to World Central Kitchen. We felt an immediate need to assist in feeding fleeing refugees.”

https://www.mccchurch.org/help-ukraine/


USA Clergy – Ministry Support Circles

Ministry Support Circles – what are they and why would I want to participate?
Are you passionate about a particular topic – book discussions, Spiritual Direction, etc. – you tell us. Want to collaborate on a project and want to bring like-minded people together? Then check out Ministry Support Circles which are funded for US Clergy by the Thriving in Ministry Program through the Lilly Endowment. Request an application and more information from [email protected].


EVENTS and Opportunities


 

Accepting Volunteers

MCC is in process of developing a partnership with Lutheran Volunteer Corps. You can learn more about them at LutheranVolunteerCorps.org.or check out this introductory Recruitment Flyer. The 2nd round of applications deadline is April 15th although applications are accepted until June 30th.


PAD Next Gen

People of African Descent – The Next Generation

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 – 7pm EDT
Saturday, 30 April 2022 – 12 pm EDT

If you identify as a person of African Descent (PAD), please join other PAD for a time of fellowship, connection and relationship building. The gathering calls will be on Tuesday, April 26 at 7pm EDT and on Saturday, April 30 at 12pm EST. The link for the calls is: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83199409411 If you would like to receive a reminder of the calls, please email Rev. Wanda Floyd at [email protected].


Sin Fronteras

El sábado 29 de abril a las 7 pm EDT

se reunirá la Comunidad Espiritual “Sin Fronteras”. Este es un grupo de personas como tú que se reúnen virtualmente para construir conexiones y relaciones en un espacio sagrado, para hablar y compartir en nuestro propio idioma. Si está interesado, envíe un correo electrónico a: [email protected] para obtener el enlace ZOOM.


Responding to the Call: Anti-Racist Organizing and Leadership for White Religious/Spiritual Leaders

4 Mondays online: April 25th, May 2nd, May 16th, and May 23rd 1:00-3:30PM EST / 5pm GMT
led by Evangeline Weiss and Chris Crass
Convening white spiritual leaders from a range of traditions to deepen our commitment to racial justice. Join to find community of support, consider everyday responsibilities and envision for your spiritual leadership for collective liberation and beyond.
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston has taken this course and recommends it.
  • Support anti-racist leadership and ministry, developing anti-racist resilience and courage;
  • Recognize how internalized white supremacy and patriarchy currently impact our leadership style and evolve an identity grounded in racial justice/feminist understanding and practice;
  • Learn specific practices for centering and remaining present to the chaotic and unfamiliar ways in which white supremacy and patriarchy manifests in ourselves and others; and
  • Re-Commit to specific opportunities for racial justice work inside and outside your faith community.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/responding-to-the-call-white-anti-racist-spiritual-leadership-tickets-277153221747


Thriving in MinistryAPPLY NOW for the next THRIVING IN MINISTRY COHORT

Training May 4, 5, 6, 2022
This is for USA Clergy only as it is funded by grant from the Lily Foundation.

Learn the ins and the outs of being a mentor and a mentee and the unique growth opportunities for you as an individual. Request an application or more information from[email protected]


AIDS Activism and American Christianity

AIDS, Activism, and American Christianity: A Conversation

Thursday, May 5, 2022 AT 8 PM EDT
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Religious Archives Network
Please join us for this conversation about Christian activism during the HIV/AIDS crisis, featuring three leaders who have been at the forefront of AIDS work since the 1980s. What challenges has the AIDS crisis presented, especially for leaders of religious communities that welcome queer people and people of color? How have progressive Christian leaders responded to the emerging and ongoing pandemic? And what work is left to be done?

REGISTER: bit.ly/lgbtqaidsactivism 


Kinship - connection - visibility - celebration - diversityHIV/AIDS Kinship Group

Saturday, 7 May 2022 – 11 am EDT
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 963 668 1482


Two-Part Spiritual Formation Series

from MCC of the Lehigh Valley and Rev. Elder Goudy
Christian Teaching on Alcohol
– Tuesday, 10 May 2022 – 6pm EDT / 10pm GMT
Christian Teaching on Gambling
– Tuesday, 17 May 2022 – 6pm EDT / 10pm GMT

Facilitated by Rev. Elder Goudy, the classes are free and open to the public, no registration is needed. The Zoom ID is 876 0624 8826


Beyond Pink & Blue

Beyond Pink and Blue: Trans+ Family Spiritual Care

Saturday, 14 May 2022 9:30-4:00 EST / 1:30-8:00 GMT
For more information and to register email [email protected]

Workshop Series on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Participants will explore obtainable ways of implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the personal and public sphere. These workshops are designed to encourage participants to examine how their own identity may create areas for further growth in their efforts of creating inclusive and diverse spaces. This interactive workshop series will gently challenge participants to push their own edges and create their own plan of practicing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice within the spaces they navigate. Participants will have the opportunity to practice what they learn and report back their successes and challenges when practicing diversity and inclusivity. Open to laity and clergy. Space is limited.
The scheduled dates are Wednesdays: May 18th, May 25th, and June 1st.
Each session will run from 12:00 noon-3:00 pm CST / 1:00 pm-4:00 pm EST / 6pm – 9pm GMT.
For more information or to register please contact Rebecca Wilson [email protected] or Rev. Cathy Alexander [email protected].

Transforming Church Conflict

One and a Half Day Training – May 20-21, 2022
With Rev. Cameron Trimble
Though contrary to popular belief, conflict is not bad. Rather, it is essential and even holds a tremendous opportunity for personal and congregational growth when handled well. This on-demand course will walk you through how to handle conflict in healthy, balanced ways that open doors for community transformation.

https://faithlead.org/p/transformingconflict_march2022?inf_contact_key=cf16d07fa440459ac9b75dc65767c27dcc0558ed5d4c28cbfab114022b1ec50d


MCC History and Polity
Learn about MCC’s history and polity in this great class that is open to anyone. Get more information and register now at:

Crafting Spiritual Communities Beyond COVID

October 28-29, 2022 | 3D Interactive Virtual Conference
Our spiritual communities have forever changed these past few years.
COVID has luminated the best (and worst) aspects of our spirituality, perhaps forever changing how communities will gather, communicate, and offer support to their members and beyond. Spirituality, at its best, offers personal growth, inner peace, and indomitable hope. How will our spiritual communities meet these needs and communicate to the broader world that our faith based hubs are committed to such healing work? Some of the best progressive spiritual leaders of our time will help us envision a spiritual message and mission for the needs of our day rather simply recycling the ways and words of the past.
Sunshine Cathedral Lumination: The Visioning Conference will create a space for exploration, conversation, and crafting of visions of what our spiritual communities will look like after COVID.
Learn more and Register at https://sunshinecathedral.org/conference/.

Ongoing Events


 

Lectionary Discussion Group for Preachers

Lenten Focus – Full to the Brim Series

Wednesdays 11am EST / 3pm GMT
Join in conversation with other preachers to share ideas and questions that will help shape your sermon.

Cup of tea with lemonTea Time with the Elders!

THIRD TUESDAY MONTHLY

5pm EST / 10pm GMT
Join us via Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/248584328?pwd=NmRackdTN1luZ2kreHNISFJMWC9TZz09
Meeting ID: 248 584 328
Password: 469464


Sanctuary Online

Tuesdays
5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern
Sanctuary’s Zoom Room:

Rev. Elder Cecilia EgglestonPrayer Time with the Moderator

Most THURSDAYS
at 5:15pm EST / 10:15pm GMT

https://www.facebook.com/RevElderCeciliaEggleston

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


Clergy Connection CallMCC Clergy Connection Call

2nd Thursday Monthly
1pm EST / 6pm GMT
On Zoom – http://www.mccgsl.org/zoom
This is a peer-initiated, peer-led, focused monthly support group.


We Want to Hear Your Voice


RESOURCES – We are Looking for PRIDE resources.

Got Resources you are willing to share? Send them to [email protected]

Wish MCC had resources on a topic? Having challenges finding something? Contact [email protected]


RESOURCES


Worship Design Studio

Worship Series created for the 50-day Easter Season
– use 50Daze discount code for $50 off any of these!
Each of the available worship series has ideas and materials to help you create meaningful and engaging worship services with less stress and more ease, joy, and creativity! This discount code gives you an affordable solution – access to these materials to get you all the way through Pentecost!
(Discount available through April 24, 2022)
Our fully-scripted series include a variety of the following materials:
  • Full scripts for worship services in their entirety: everything from the Introit to the Benediction!
  • Visual and Media Arts document with tons of ideas for creative lighting, crafts, images for projection and publicity, and more!
  • Small group resources to boost your congregation’s engagement with one another beyond the walls of your church
  • Original music written specifically for the series, plus lots of suggestions for music in popular songbooks and sources that fit well with the series themes
  • Children’s time scripts and suggestions for engaging your young ones in worship
  • Sermon fodder to inspire your writing of the message. We don’t give you the entire sermon; that part is up to you! But, we do provide ideas to spark your creativity!
Titles available with special discount:
Learn more about the Annual Subscription – https://www.worshipdesignstudio.com/

MCC Resource Bank

for Clergy, Lay Delegates, Board Members, and Worship Planners. New resources are added all the time so check back often! https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dv3gtp1MVF1KFXFzqXeHn5pCrZKqLRyo?usp=sharing

chapter, verse, and seasonChapter, Verse, and Season: A Lectionary Podcast from Yale Bible Study

Before holy week, we will have several episodes available on the appointed texts for Good Friday (April 8), Easter Vigil (April 10), and Easter Day (April 11).
Past Events from Yale Divinity
If you missed our recent webinar, Borders and Walls in the New Jerusalem and American History with Dr. Yii-Jan Lin, you missed a fascinating look at the use of walls in the Book of Revelation and the use of borders in American History. You can watch it at Borders and Walls in the New Jerusalem and American History.
We also have recordings of our online Yale Bible Studies on Genesis, Exodus, Mark, John, Philippians and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Watch them here.

SSOL logo on a laptopCheck out all the great classes and resources still available at Sacred Space Online Learning (SSOL) including MCC specific classes. Yes, we no longer have the OFLD (Office of Formation and Leadership Development) but SSOL classes are still available.
http://www.sacredspaceonlinelearning.com/


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