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Statement from the Council of Elders


Vaccine Statement from the MCC Council of Elders

The Metropolitan Community Churches Council of Elders encourages all people to approach health and wellness as a community effort. We acknowledge that not everyone is choosing to or is able to be vaccinated. The vaccines have been determined safe and effective by medical professionals for most people in most age groups. MCC’s experience with viruses, including HIV/AIDS, moves us to encourage one another to listen to leading public health advice regarding Covid-19, including washing hands, keeping physical distance, and participating in vaccination programs.

We note with concern that Christianity has sometimes been cited to justify ignoring health guidance. This is based on an individualistic misunderstanding of Christian “freedom.” Freedom in Christ is not a pretext for asserting personal autonomy, but rather the ability to be a loving member of a flourishing community. As Paul said in Galatians 5:13-15 (The Message Paraphrase) “It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?”

In a time of pandemic, we have seen the inequitable distribution of resources across the world and we call for a fairer society that enables vaccines to be available to all. We believe we are all in this together and that the vaccines help us to protect one another.


CELEBRATE!


5th Annual Troy Perry Awards

The Troy Perry Awards began as a program of the nonprofit Rainbow Advocacy, initially started by Rev. Nancy Wilson in the mid-1990’s as Metropolitan Community Charities. Rainbow Advocacy started collaborating with the Charter for Compassion and the formation of its new LGBTQIA+ Initiative. Going forward, the Charter for Compassion will be including the Troy Perry Awards as a permanent program of the LGBTQIA+ Initiative.

The program makes its debut at the 2021 Parliament for the World’s Religions online event, https://parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2021-virtual,October 16-18. Rev. Troy. D Perry will join in live from Los Angeles with the announcement of three 2021 Honorees on Sunday, October 17th, 2pm EDT/ 11am PDT/ 6pm GMT. The awards themselves will be presented during the Charter’s Gala event on November 20: https://charterforcompassion.org/global-gala-overview.

Metropolitan Community Churches is pleased to be joining the international, interfaith Charter for Compassion as a Founding Partner of the LGBTQIA+ Initiative. Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator of MCC, said, “We are grateful for Rev. Perry’s great ministry to be recognized through these awards and to bring MCC’s voice to the LGBTQIA+ Initiative.”

Learn about this year’s recipients here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-3qkGeb1pBz9yOfardCkbgjnNQdZicrW/view?usp=sharing


Celebrate Fellowship Month Throughout October!

Tell stories of the past and present while looking to the future
and calling people to participate in our Mission:Possible.

Mission PossibleWe are still here. We are still needed.
Our work is not done. Our Mission IS possible.

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.


Happy 50th Anniversary Sunshine Cathedral!

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.


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. Many profiles of MCC Clergy are in the Religious Archives Network. Congratulations to the Religious Archives Network!
Learn more at https://lgbtqreligiousarchives.org/queering-our-roots


 

Weekly Events


TUESDAYS
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:   www.SanctuaryOnline.live


Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston headshotPrayer Time with the Moderator
most Thursdays
at 5:15pm EDT / 9:15pm GMT

https://www.facebook.com/RevElderCeciliaEggleston

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


AlabanzaTHURSDAYS
Bilingual Praise Gathering

sponsored by Joy MCC, Orlando, Florida, USA
7pm EDT / 11pm GMT

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/827025531


MCC Virtual Spiritual GroupsSharing 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, 16th 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.
[email protected]

https://zoom.us/j/9636681482
Meeting ID: 963 668 1482


MAPUS NETWORK – Mountains and Plains US

Online Gathering – Saturday, October 16
10:30-12:30 Central / 11:30-1:30 EDT / 3:30-5:30pm GMT
Contact [email protected] for the Zoom link or more information.


Tuesday 19 October


Tea Time with the Elders!

5pm EDT / 9pm GMT
Join us via Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/248584328?pwd=NmRackdTN1luZ2kreHNISFJMWC9TZz09
Meeting ID: 248 584 328
Password: 469464

Elders Carolyn, Maxwell, and Miller will be joined this month by our Moderator Rev Elder Cecilia Eggleston and our theme this month will be “Renewal”.
Please join us for connection, conversation, community, and prayer. Everyone is welcome.


Friday 22 October & Monday 25 October


ChaplainsCALLING ALL CHAPLAINS

Friday 22 October – 10am EDT/ 2pm GMT
Monday 25 October – 5pm EDT/ 9pm GMT

https://zoom.us/j/97515395940?pwd%3DczlLTFlSSDdpYTJkcmhZZ0RQS0EvUT09
Meeting ID: 975 1539 5940 Passcode: 890406


Friday-Saturday 22-23 October


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.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-esr-2021-writing-colloquium-grace-play-delight-tickets-170286145445


MCC Virtual Spiritual GroupsSin Fronteras Comunidad Espiritual ICM
(Without Borders Spiritual Community)

7pm EST/ 4pm PST/ midnight GMT
La comunidad Espiritual Sin Fonteras es un grupo de personas como tu que se reúnen virtualmente para establecer 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.


Tuesday 26 October


FREE FOR PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH
Trauma and Meaning Making:
Insights for Healing & Growth

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 – one hour
12pm EDT / 11am CDT / 4pm GMT
Click here to register

 

Pastors often provide support and pastoral care to individuals who have encountered trauma. The last year and a half has presented it’s own unique type of traumas. This workshop will give ministers a frame work for understanding the impact of trauma upon individuals, and insights regarding the importance of meaning making as a path toward integration, healing and growth.

Presented by Dr. Timothy Sisemore, Licensed Psychologist,
Program for Psychology & Religion at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute


25, 27 & 29 October


Rise to Life Poster
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.”


Thursday 28 October


FREE FOR PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH
Preventing Burnout by Building Resilience in Ministry

Thursday, October 28, 2020 – one hour
12pm EDT / 11am CDT / 4pm GMT
Click here to register

A repeat of our very popular workshop from 2020. Ministry is demanding and complex, but burnout is not inevitable, and resilience can be developed. Learn how!
Participants will learn:

  • Five predictors of burnout, and solutions to each
  • Three methods for preventing burnout
  • Six characteristics of resilience that ministers can cultivate in their own lives.

Presented by Dr. Christopher Grimes, Licensed Psychologist,
Program for Psychology & Religion at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute


Saturday 30 October


TX-NM Network Event

Register for the Texas New Mexico Virtual Gathering at
https://www.tinyurl.com/2021TXNMGathering


NOVEMBER


Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month
Native American Heritage Month (USA)


WATCH FOR TIME CHANGES!
Be sure of your time zone conversions.

Many countries do not observe daylight saving time. For others, this is a time when the part of the world moves their clocks ahead while others move back. It can be a confusing time when doing time zone conversions.

Australia changed their clocks on October 3rd and New Zealand changed on September 26th!
The USA (except for Arizona and Hawaii), Cuba, and most of Canada change their clocks on November 7th.
Finland, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom change on October 31st.
Most of Mexico change their clocks on October 31st, however the western states change on November 7th and there are two states that do not observe Daylight Saving Time.


Monday 1 November


All Souls / All Saints Day


1-5 November


Courageous Economy
How do you plan to fund your ministry in the future?

It’s time to rethink everything. As we live in an ongoing pandemic reality, the financial sustainability of our congregations, clergy and religious institutions is an interesting challenge. It can feel overwhelming. Yet if we can harness a new imagination, we may be coming into one of the most exciting times to be in ministry. The Courageous Economy Online Summit will explore how we get to a more sustainable and equitable future. Through interviews with influential North American faith, non-profit and business leaders, the Courageous Economy Online Summit will equip you with the audacity, connections, and practical advice to be active leaders in manifesting God’s economy.
Join this free online conference on November 1-5, 2021.
Register Here: https://www.faithlead.org/p/courageouseconomy


Wednesday 3 November


Rev. Elder Troy Perry conversation
An Intergenerational Conversation with Troy Perry and Matthias Roberts –

Wednesday November 3, 2021 at 2pm EDT / 1pm CDT / 11am PDT
Register at https://bit.ly/lgbtqranQOR
Join us to honor the decades of courageous work of The Rev. Elder Troy Perry in an intergenerational conversation with Matthias Roberts.


Saturday 6 November


Welcoming the StrangerWelcoming 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


Sunday 7 November


Rev. Elder Dr Nancy WilsonA Night with Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Sunday, November 7th
7pm EST / midnight GMT
Live Stream Channel:
https://video.ibm.com/channel/zvnNUEtUJvy
Rev. Nancy will share several of her stories from throughout her career as a Pastor in Los Angles and as the past Moderator for the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Church (UFMCC) Denomination. Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson served as the head of the global denomination from 2005-2016. We hope you can join us as we learn from her vast life experiences.


REMINDERS


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].


More Resources


MCC Resources

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.


Learn New Testament GreekLearn 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.
www.learnnewtestamentgreek.com
https://www.facebook.com/LearnNewTestamentGreek/


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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