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FEATURED EVENTS


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

Monday, February 7 at 7 PM EST / midnight GMT
Join SunCoast MCC for the second in the series of nights with Rev. Nancy (Former MCC Moderator) as she continues to share stories about her journey with MCC and her life experiences. This month, Rev. Nancy will share stories from her time in Los Angeles.

Ten Easy Ways to Get Acquainted or Re-Acquainted with the Bible in 2022

Zoom Class with Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
Wednesdays, February 9 and 16
7 PM – 8:15 EST / midnight GMT
This series can be useful for those who have known, read, and loved the Bible for a long time; or for those who have never really read the Bible on their own.
We will focus on some easy and practical ways to open the Bible as a source of strength and hope in these times. Have a Bible handy if you have one, or borrow one!

Meeting ID: 880 8024 8824


Connect Grow ServeEngaging: Church Membership in a Changing World –

February, 10 2022
3:00pm-4:30pm EST 
8pm-9:30pm GMT
Meeting ID: 864 8739 7499

What does it mean to be a member of a church? What is required to become a member? What is expected of members and what can members expect from the church? COVID, the rise of online worship, and virtual programming has birthed new questions and opportunities. Are you wondering how to find, engage, and bless your members in this new and ever-changing era? Come join this webinar designed to encourage and equip churches to begin or to dive deeper into conversations about “engaging membership.” This is hosted by MCC staff with MCC leaders as guest panelists.


Power, Gender and Sexuality

Power, Gender and Sexuality Class

12 February – 5 March – 9am- noon EST / 2pm-5pm GMT
This class is open to anyone. It meets the sexuality studies requirement for MCC clergy candidates in formation. Learn more and register at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/power-gender-and-sexuality-tickets-250571364697


Inclusive LanguageFather, Mother, Creator God

Tuesday 15 February
6pm EST /11pm GMT
led by Rev. Elder Goudy
Learn more about enriching and deepening spiritual communication in a class titled “Inclusive Language.” Expanding language about God also expands our faith communities. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87606248826

Meeting ID: 876 0624 8826


Rev. Kerr MesnerWriting 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


GlobeGeneral Conference Direction:

Your Input Needed

ONE MORE DAY FOR THIS SURVEY!

As the Covid-19 Pandemic continues, and the world is reshaping itself over and over, we want to hear your honest opinions about how you hope to attend Global General Conference 2022.
We were hoping to launch registration this week, but find ourselves at a fork in the road, wondering if we should shift to an all-online Conference or do our best to continue with the plan of having a global multi-site conference, which will also include an online option.
MCC is an amazing, creative movement, so we trust that even if we go to an all online conference, local congregations, friends, and networks will still meet in a way that can be more adaptive and flexible as the time comes closer.

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


Proposed Bylaw Submissions

Submit your proposal with the written support of your local church by February 1st and submit the written support from 2 other churches in 2 different countries by March 1st.
A member of the Lay House or of the Clergy House should submit the Bylaw amendment proposal in writing to the Office of the Moderator

Complete details for this process may be found at: Microsoft Word – UFMCC Bylaws as of July 2013_Addendum 1 Procedures for Submitting Bylaw Proposals (mccchurch.org)


MCC Commission on General Conference: Disability and Accessibility Stories

The Diversity and Inclusion Sub-Committee is asking disabled people to share their experiences at General Conference or virtual General Conference business meetings as a disabled person, to help inform future conferences and the work of the denomination. These experiences and stories may appear in the substance, or appendices, of a report to the Commission on General Conference.

This Survey closes 1 March 2022. Disability Survey


Reminders


Clergy – Have you renewed your Clergy License?

Renew now before the 28-February deadline! March 1st begins the defacto resignation process for those who have not renewed.

https://ofld.mccchurch.org/programs-what-we-do/clergy-licensure/


2022 Assessment Forms

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

Pay Your Church Assessments


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

Be sure the 2021 assessments are current (both forms and payments received) prior to 1 March 2022.
For churches in the USA, Board of Pensions payments and forms must also be current and received.
Clergy must have a current MCC Clergy License.
Assessment questions contact: [email protected]

USA – Board of Pensions questions contact: [email protected].


Ongoing Events


Cup of tea with lemonTea 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


Lectionary Discussion Group for Preachers

Wednesdays 11am EST / 4pm GMT
Join MCC preachers in a discussion of the lectionary text for the upcoming Sunday. Share ideas, poetry, music and more. This group is also known to take some side trips to other topics of mutual interest and support!
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


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.”
We will read Part 1 for February which is about 50 pages.
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

Black History Month

The USA and Canada celebrate Black History Month in February. Resources may be found in the Resource Bank under Education and under Worship!

PRIDE Month Resources

The UK celebrates PRIDE in February! Resources for PRIDE may be found in the Resource Bank under Education and under Worship.
Share Your Resources – As you celebrate a season, please share your ideas and original worship materials so others can share in your creativity the next year!

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].


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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