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Luke 1:37 “with God nothing shall be impossible”
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
We are still here. We are still needed.
Our work is not done. Our Mission IS possible.
Celebrate Fellowship Sunday
or Celebrate Throughout October!
On Fellowship Sunday, or during Fellowship Month, we have the opportunity to tell stories of the past and present while looking to the future and calling people to participate in our Mission:Possible.
Resources to help you celebrate and explore the local and global mission of MCC are available here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1YSIL353q5PygnppnPTJKfFZEYZ-_IzyO?usp=sharing
Local MCC’s are encouraged to receive a special offering in celebration of our founding and anniversary on Fellowship Sunday or during the month of October. The funds from Fellowship Sunday will be used by MCC to support and partner with national or international organisations working for justice. Treasurers, when you submit this, please mark it Fellowship Sunday Offering.
Hispanic Heritage Month Continues – 15 Sept – 15 October
There are resources available in our Resource Bank and on the website. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1tjVMFQyzCv-sq9bQXeAh91KklDIQ0d-v?usp=sharing
LGBTQ-RAN (Religious Archives Network – USA)
is celebrating its 20th anniversary this fall. They are marking this milestone with a Queering Our Roots campaign honoring five elders of LGBTQ+ religious movements in the U.S. including Troy D. Perry, as well as highlighting the rich history that LGBTQ-RAN has gathered over these years. Congratulations to the Religious Archives Network!
Many profiles of MCC Clergy are in the Religious Archives Network.
Learn more at https://lgbtqreligiousarchives.org/queering-our-roots
Annual Report Forms are now available.
The deadline is 12 November 2021
The 2020/2021 Annual Report is an invitation to share the story of your ministry with UFMCC. We have worked to make the report personal, with more focus on the people and stories behind the statistics. Of course, there is some statistical information needed, but this year you will also find space to share stories with us. If your church or primary contact person did not receive the Annual Report email with the instructions and form, please let us know at [email protected]. If you have questions about the Annual Report, please contact [email protected].
Annual Clergy License Renewal
No matter where you are located, you are encouraged to renew during the October 1st through November 30th timeframe. Clergy, remember that 2 contact hours of your CEU’s must focus on anti-racism, anti-oppression, or anti-colonialism.
Treasurers, if your church pays for or reimburses your pastor(s) clergy license expense, please note the rates and timelines for this year and also include this in next year’s budget.
For clergy under the US/Canada protocol, the early bird renewals will be from Oct 1st through November 30th, 2021. The early bird rate will be $175 USD.
The regular rate license renewal is from December 1st through February 28th 2022 and the new rate will be $325. If licenses are not renewed by this final date, the person will have resigned their credentials.
Please be in touch with the Vocational Leadership Coordinator Rev. Cathy Alexander if you need assistance or have questions. She may be reached at [email protected].
Sanctuary Online in October
Human Sexuality and the Bible with Rev. Elder Ken Martin
5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern / midnight GMT
Sanctuary’s Zoom Room:
Prayer Time with the Moderator
at 5:15pm EDT / 9:15pm GMT
Join the Moderator for a time of reflection and prayer on Facebook Live.
Bilingual Praise Gathering
sponsored by Joy MCC, Orlando, Florida, USA
7pm EDT / 11pm GMT
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/827025531
Sunday 3 October
Religious Archives Network – Queering Our Roots
Launch Party – Sunday October 3, 2021 at 5pm EDT / 2pm PDT
RSVP at https://bit.ly/3jLE4sx
The Launch Party will include brief reflections from long-time LGBTQ-RAN team members Mark Bowman, Carl Foote and Doris Malkmus—as well as some other early advisors—about how LGBTQ-RAN got started AND Peer Interest Groups in which you can meet up with colleagues and friends from different streams of LGBTQ religious movements. Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson will be leading a group for lesbian clergy.
Wednesday 6 October
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MCC/ICM
Thank you Rev. Elder Troy D. Perry for saying YES to God’s call.
Saturday 9 October
Sharing the Journey
11am EDT / 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 matters in a safe environment while making connections. Email: [email protected] for the ZOOM link.
Saturday 16 October
HIV/AIDS Kinship Gathering
11am EDT / 3pm GMT
This gathering is for people in MCC who are living with HIV/AIDS.
Questions may be directed to Rev. Stedney Phillips, Diversity and Inclusion Co-Coordinator.
Meeting ID: 963 668 1482
MAPUS NETWORK – Mountains and Plains US Online Gathering
Contact [email protected] for the Zoom link or more information.
More Opportunities and Resources
Responding to the Call: Supporting White Anti-Racist Faith/Spiritual Leadership.
4 Tuesday Zoom calls: October 12th, October 26th and November 9th and November 16th, 1:00-3:30PM EST
Co-lead by Evangeline Weiss and Chris Crass: “Our aim is to support and resource other white faith and spiritual leaders in your communities, and develop new leaders for anti-racism action and movement building.”
Black Feminist movement strategist Linda Burnham put out the call to white anti-racists: “If we don’t organize white people around their suffering, we know someone else will.” This workshop is one of many responses to that call. Our aims for this workshop series are to :
- 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.
For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/responding-to-the-call-white-antiracist-faithspiritual-leadership-tickets-165152885727
Here’s what some participants have said:
“I came to find my voice as an anti-racist leader. I found that in this course.”
“I believe that whiteness – and the ways that whiteness has shaped white people’s anti-racism work – had made me doubt myself. Could I trust myself? The course gave me the confidence to dig deeper. Yes, I’m going to make mistakes. Yes, I will have an impact on marginalized communities. But I can learn and grow. I’m not expected to be perfect; I don’t have to live in shame. The tools that I am growing are: building from vision, utilizing compassion… and asking for help.”
Grace, Play, Delight:
The 2021 Ministry of Writing Colloquium
featuring Carrie Newcomer and Pádraig Ó Tuama
October 22-23 entirely online
Co-sponsored by the Earlham School of Theology and Bethany Theological Seminary
Entirely online for the first time ever, the colloquium will ask participants to pay what they are able. Recommended fees are $20 for a single session or $50 for the entire event. Although no payment is required to attend (larger payments are also accepted!), registration is required.
Rise to Life: doing theology in public places
Registration is now open for the Council of World Mission’s (CWM) virtual event, eDARE, happening this October 25, 27 & 29, 2021. Visit https://edare.cwmission.org/register/ to reserve your spot and join the 34 Panelists (poets, artists and authors) who share their thoughts against isolation(ism), lockdown cultures and other forces that deny the emergence of life flourishing communities.
Three energies meet at this eDare event:
- first, the commitment of CWM to “chant down Babylon” and its shitstems in order to allow all life (not just humans, but creation and the planet) to flourish;
- second, the call upon church and community agents, biblical critics and theologians, to practice and perform our trades in public places;
- third, the agonies that current endemics (esp. racism, sexism, covid) bring which require collaborative theological, biblical, and missional responses.
MCC’s Rev. Dr. Ana Ester Padua Freire is speaking on the topic “Queer Activism: Talking Back to the cis/tems.”
An Intergenerational Conversation with Troy Perry and Matthias Roberts
Join us to honor the decades of courageous work of The Rev. Elder Troy Perry in an intergenerational conversation with Matthias Roberts.
Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration and Faith Communities
6th November 2021
9:30am-12:30pm EDT /1:30-4:30pm GMT
Join Yale Divinity School, Center for Continuing Education online to look at the role of faith in caring for the strangers in our midst, from the Bible’s instructions to current day laws. Find more information and registration for this free event at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/welcoming-the-stranger-immigration-and-faith-communities-tickets-168115270299?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_eid=86af0acb8c&mc_cid=176998ec5d
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
Share Your Resources – If you have a sermon series, original song, liturgical piece (communion celebration, call to worship, etc.), or a programming / fundraising idea that you are willing to share, please send them to [email protected].
Thriving 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.
Connecting with our Past
With Fellowship Sunday approaching and two classes on MCC and Queer history being offered (see above), here is a blast from our past and a chance to connect in a different way with some of our history.
Jennie Boyd Bull was an active MCC clergyperson in the 70’s and 80’s who served MCCDC (MCC Washington, District of Colombia, USA), MCC NOVA (Northern Virginia, USA) and MCC Baltimore (Maryland, USA). She served with our Faith, Fellowship and Order Commission and as a writer for The Gay Christian. She has a new book out: Learning to Weave: A Woman-Loving Life.
This memoir weaves a life from her Southern roots into liberating movements of the past century: the lesbian feminist activism of the 1970’s in Baltimore, the growth of MCC at the height of AIDS deaths in the 1980’s, life in the ashram of an Indian yogic spiritual tradition, and flowing in Tai Chi, which she teaches today. The book is available through Ingram and IndieBound distributors.
Learn Greek or Hebrew
If you’ve ever been interested in learning to read the Bible in Greek or Hebrew, or want to learn Classical Greek or Latin, Dr. Jordan Dyck is an experienced biblical language teacher, looking to fund his time pursuing ordination in MCC through his teaching. He has been teaching New Testament Greek since 2007, and would love to teach more people, one-to-one or in groups for a lower rate, in any of the above languages. Check out his website below to find out more and contact him, or join the Facebook group to keep in touch.
Check 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.
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