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God of peace, we cry out to you.
We hold the people of Ukraine in our hearts and pray that this war violence will quickly end.

The MCC Elders pray for peace in Ukraine and turn to the prophetic word:
God shall judge between the nations,
  and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
  and their spears into pruning-hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
  neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4)

May tanks be beaten into tractors so that people may be fed.


IN THIS ISSUE


Scroll down for:
  • Featured Events
  • We Want to Hear Your Voice
  • Reminders
  • New & Ongoing Events
  • Resources

 

FEATURED EVENTS


Let's have church

Resurrection MCC (Houston, TX, USA)
Gospel Ensemble Concert

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25th – 8pm EST/ 7pm CST

Bring your love, bring your joy, bring your spirit as we worship God as a community! Let’s have church and celebrate African American History.


PAD Ritual Ceremony

MCC’s People of African Descent: The Next Generation

Ritual Ceremony

Sunday, February 27th – 5pm EST / 10pm GMT
Meeting ID: 973 5933 0215 Passcode: 298404

All are welcome to attend this wonderful “Coming Out” time for People of African Descent: The Next Generation. A time of remembrance of what was, what is now and what is to come. Please join us and have communion elements of some kind on hand. We look forward to seeing you there!


Living Well With Differences

Living Well with Difference – a “taster” webinar

Thursday 10 March, 2022 – 3pm EST / 8pm GMT
The webinar is free, but there are limited spaces.
Please register by emailing Rebecca Wilson,

[email protected] by Friday 4th March.


Lectionary Discussion Group for Preachers

Lenten Focus – Full to the Brim Series

Wednesdays 11am EST / 4pm GMT
Join in conversation with other preachers to share ideas and questions that will help shape your sermon. During Lent, this group will be utilizing the “Full to the Brim” theme resources from A Sanctified Art. Order yours today using the code MCCLENT for 15% off.

Full to the Brim: An Expansive Lent, Resources for Lent (Year C) — A Sanctified Art


Calling All Musicians

CALLING ALL MCC VOCALISTS – MCC SONG PROJECT

This is an original song written for MCC that will be sung for the first time as a video collage of vocalists from MCC around the world. Download details hereto learn the three steps to participate! DEADLINE – March 22nd!


Rev. Kerr Mesner

Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography

Saturdays, 3:00-5:00pm EST / 8-10pm GMT
February 26th, March 26th, April 23rd, May 28th, and June 25th
Spiritual Autobiographies are for all of us! Join Rev. Dr. Kerr Mesner for a monthly class where we will explore the art, craft, and mystery of writing the deeper stories of our lives. Whether you are an experienced writer or this is brand new to you, this class is designed to meet you where you are. This is not a class on grammar, editing, and “getting it right”! Instead, this class focuses on the spiritual craft of writing… how, within sacred space, we can access and give words to the mystery of our own lives. Designed for experienced writers, those who are brand new, and everyone in between.
  •  Engage in writing practices in community to spark your imagination, help you access your own story, and find ways to give that story expression.
  • Explore your writing in a sacred space shaped by contemplative practices, gentleness, playfulness, and humor.
  • Build community with other writers engaging in this work.
  • Give and receive supportive encouraging feedback with other writers.
  • Engage with readings to feed your writer’s spirit and inspire you in your work.
  • Receive weekly encouragements and writing prompts to help you keep up momentum in your writing between class meetings.
  • Celebrate your writing, with an optional opportunity to share some of it in our final class “open mic” celebration.
For sliding scale fees and to register, please click on the link below.

Kerr Mesner is a spiritual director, consultant, and facilitator, as well as a queer/transgender contemplative Christian, performing artist, and activist. He is trained with the Pacific Jubilee Program in Spiritual Direction, and is an ordained minister with Metropolitan Community Churches. In his spare time, he enjoys writing songs and playing in his garden.


RISE: Women of Color Leadership Institute for Pastoral Excellence – March 11-12, 2022

This Virtual Experience is committed to creating spaces where the needs, issues, hopes, dreams, and visions of women of color ministry leaders are at the center of individual and collective discourse on pastoral, prophetic, academic, and community leadership and praxis.
This national gathering includes workshops, worship, skill-building, and networking. This is an opportunity for women of color ministry leaders to come together as sisters and colleagues in ministry, unapologetically tell their truths, and breathe. This event also features graduation for the current mentors and mentees and an induction ceremony for the incoming RISE Together cohort.
General Registration: Jan 16, 2022-Feb 21, 2022
Late Registration: Feb 22, 2022-March 7, 2022

We Want to Hear Your Voice


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LAST DAYS TO PARTICIPATE!

Three Pathways Open in February

Commission on Pathways of Healing and Reconciliation

You may choose to:
  • Complete a short survey, which will provide a snapshot of what MCC is doing locally and as a denomination to address racism. 2022 Survey
  • Submit your written or video testimony of your personal experience of racism or other issues within MCC. 2022 Submit Testimony
  • Make an appointment to speak with a listener and share your story. This will be recorded, with your consent, and also submitted to the Commission for its work. We have listeners in different countries from Brazil to South Africa, from a variety of backgrounds and who speak different languages. You will be able to choose who you talk with. 2022 Schedule a Listening Session

RESOURCES

Got Resources you are willing to share? Wish MCC had resources on a topic? Having challenges finding something? Contact [email protected]
Visit the expanding Resource Bank..

Reminders


Clergy – March 1st begins the defacto resignation process for those who have not renewed their clergy license for the current year.

2022 Assessment Forms

You can find the 2022 Assessment Forms and the link to pay here:

Pay Your Church Assessments


Lay Delegates and Clergy, Will you be Eligible to Vote at General Conference?

Senior Pastors and Lay Delegates, the 2021 assessments must be current (both forms and payments received) or current with an agreement prior to
31 March 2022.
For those churches in the USA, Board of Pensions payments and forms must also be current and received in order for your Lay Delegates and the Senior Pastor to be eligible to vote.
Clergy must have a current MCC Clergy License.
Assessment questions contact: [email protected]
USA – Board of Pensions questions contact: [email protected].


New & Ongoing Events


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – March 8th

March is Women’s History Month in many countries.

ASH WEDNESDAY – 2 March 2022 – LENT BEGINS


Cup of tea with lemon

Tea Time with the Elders!

THIRD TUESDAY MONTHLY
5pm EST / 10pm GMT
Join us via Zoom
Meeting ID: 248 584 328

Password: 469464


Sanctuary Online every Tuesday

from Sanctuary In The Woods
5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern / midnight GMT

Sanctuary’s Zoom Room:  www.SanctuaryOnline.live

“The Light Shines Through” – A Lenten Journey: Saints, Old and New
Building on a lesson from the CLM curriculum, come explore the concept of Saints! In true SanctuaryOnline fashion, this series will teach a bit about Saints and Sainthood, expand your thinking about what makes a Saint, and encourage you to examine the saints in your own life.
Lent 1 – March 8th – Saints are People the Light Shines Through
Lent 2 – March15th – Saints of Charisma
Lent 3 – March 22nd – March Book Study
Lent 4 – March 29th – Saints of Courage
Lent 5 – April 5th – Sharing Our Saints
Lent 6 – April 12th – Seder Meal – Virtually at and with Sanctuary

Rev. Elder Cecilia EgglestonPrayer Time with the Moderator

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

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
NEXT CALL: Thursday 10 February
This is a peer initiated, peer led, focused monthly support group.
For the next several months, we will read and discuss the book  “Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box.” March will focus on Part 2. Here is a link to Amazon to get it in paperback or on Kindle.

RESOURCES


How to do Digital Ministry

FREE Digital Ministry Videos. Learn at your own pace. New additions every Thursday!
https://faithlead.org/p/htdoc?inf_contact_key=7228a738e581bcaec2cde7dcd7e17adf7e470d92b8b75168d98a0b8cac0e9c09

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 Season: A Lectionary Podcast from Yale Bible Study

Each week, professors from different disciplines at Yale Divinity School chat about biblical texts from the Revised Common Lectionary. New episodes come out every Monday.

Thriving in MinistryThriving in Ministry

USA Clergy, learn more about this program and its support for new and seasoned clergy. There are programs for mentoring, respite care, and more. Contact [email protected] for more information.


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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