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August 2015

What Does SOLIDARITY Look Like?

20 August 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Online

"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." --- Attributed to Lilla Watson and the Aboriginal Activists Group in Queensland, Australia The context for justice work is often very messy and complicated. People experience oppression based on many things-race, gender, sexuality, nationality, language, religion, ability, appearance, age, relationship/familial status, etc. We know that justice work is most effective when done in…

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Clergy Boundaries Webinar Part 2 – Final Offering

24 August 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This online training applies to a range of contexts within which clergy are expected to maintain clear and healthy boundaries for their own well-being as well as the well-being of people and organizations they serve. Topics will include boundary basics for the profession of clergy (generally and specifically in MCC), dealing with microagressions, spiritual self-care, professional boundaries within one’s congregation/context of ministry, boundaries and social media, and sexual boundaries. This is a 2 part webinar series and participants who attend both…

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September 2015

Southwestern US Network gathering

12 September 2015

We will meet at three locations: Founders Metropolitan Community Church Los Angeles Open Arms MCC in Pahoa, Hawaii Northern California (TBD) Use this form to update your contact information and get signed up for the newsletter: https://j.mp/updatemccswn

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MCC Young Adult Gathering 2015: Partners in Faith

17 September 2015 - 20 September 2015
All God’s Children MCC, 3100 Park Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407 United States
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  This year, MCC Young Adults will gather in Minneapolis, Minnesota from Thursday, 17 September  to Sunday, 20 September. While the heart of the gathering will include attendance at the Why Christian? Conference at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, we will also have group sessions and worship at All God’s Children MCC. We have chosen the Why Christian? Conference because it includes a thoroughly ecumenical and culturally diverse group of leaders and speakers. An intriguing element of the conference is that…

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Virtual Readiness for Entering Vocational Ministry (REVM)

21 September 2015 - 25 September 2015
Online

This virtual REVM experience is open to people for whom a live REVM is not scheduled in their country in 2015/2016.  Contact [email protected] for more information.

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Europe Learning Cohort Conversations

28 September 2015
Online

You’re invited to join Rev. Tony Freeman for a series of conversations related to congregational vitality over the next few months. You are welcome to participate in all or just the topics that are of interest to you. The calls will be on Adobe Connect and interactive. We want to hear your challenges, successes, thoughts and questions.   The following topics were selected based on our initial conversation (and we will be seeking your input on future topics):   Leadership…

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7 Strategies for Successful Stewardship Webinar – Churches under 75 attendees

30 September 2015
Online

A New MCC Webinar for Local Church Leaders With Rev. Elder Don Eastman 30 September @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Find new vitality for giving in your congregation through a holistic approach to excellence in stewardship!   During this 90 minute webinar you will: Gain insights on how you can help to create a culture of generosity in your congregation. Learn how to develop a highly effective annual stewardship program for your church. Discover a wealth of resources to support your…

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October 2015

Queer History

1 October 2015 - 5 November 2015
Online

This course will give an overview of the history of GLBTQ people from the ancient Western world, through pre-industrial and modern cultures, to contemporary global situations. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the changing social constructions of sexuality and gender, and on the historic roots of contemporary religious, social, and political realities. Second Half of 2015 Dates: Thursdays, 1 October – 5 November 2015 Virtual Class Meets Live from 5:00 – 6:30 pm EST (9:00 – 10:30 pm GMT/UTC; note…

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Eastern US Network Gathering

10 October 2015
MCC Baltimore, 405 W Monument St,
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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Eastern US Network is having a Gathering on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at MCC Baltimore

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Europe Learning Cohort Conversations

14 October 2015
Online

You’re invited to join Rev. Tony Freeman for a series of conversations related to congregational vitality over the next few months. You are welcome to participate in all or just the topics that are of interest to you. The calls will be on Adobe Connect and interactive. We want to hear your challenges, successes, thoughts and questions.   The following topics were selected based on our initial conversation (and we will be seeking your input on future topics):   Leadership…

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Online Sexuality & Spirituality Conference

15 October 2015 - 17 October 2015
Online

This virtual symposium, sponsored by MCC’s Office of Formation and Leadership Development and the MCC Theologies Team, will engage participants in a number of presentations, panel discussions, and other opportunities for dialogue around the important topic of Sexuality and Spirituality. Metropolitan Community Churches began as a prophetic movement that was passionate and intentional about integrating sexuality and spirituality. While this remains a stated value and core aspect of our unique calling in the world, recent observations indicate that opportunities for…

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MCC Polity

15 October 2015 - 10 December 2015
Online

This course will consider the history, structure, and governance of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) as well as the values, theologies, and cultures that have shaped MCC. This will be explored in the larger context of LGBTQ liberation movements and the global religious context.

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Sexuality Studies

19 October 2015 - 23 November 2015
Online

This course provides students with basic information about human sexuality and offers an opportunity to become more comfortable talking about a variety of sexual issues.  Students will also have an opportunity to assess the sexual health of oneself, professional ministry, and location of ministry, including preventing misconduct and sexual abuse.  The course includes teachings/texts about sexuality from tradition, as well as denominational and congregational policies.  Students will reflect theologically on the integration of sexuality and spirituality, and examine the impact…

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North Central US Network Gathering

23 October 2015 - 24 October 2015
MCC of the Quad Cities, 2930 W. Locust
Davenport, IA 52804 United States
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North Central US Network is having a Gathering on October 23-24 at MCC of the Quad Cities, Iowa

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November 2015

Australasian Network Gathering

13 November 2015 - 15 November 2015

Theme:  It's Time to Talk  Special Focus: Growing the Church (Young Adult, Lay Delegate, and Women's Ministries) 9am – 4:30pm Saturday 14 November and 9:30am to 12:30pm Sunday 15 November * Guests: Rev. Elder Darlene Garner and Rev. Elder Tony Freeman *  Clergy day Friday 13 November   To register: https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1668&EID=20588  

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Europe Learning Cohort Conversations

23 November 2015
Online

You’re invited to join Rev. Tony Freeman for a series of conversations related to congregational vitality over the next few months. You are welcome to participate in all or just the topics that are of interest to you. The calls will be on Adobe Connect and interactive. We want to hear your challenges, successes, thoughts and questions.   The following topics were selected based on our initial conversation (and we will be seeking your input on future topics):   Leadership…

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December 2015

Queer History – Summer 2016

1 December 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Online Queer History led by: Rev. Dr. Tom Bohache Tuesdays 2nd August, 16th August, 30th August, 13th September & 27th September 2016 5pm to 7pm US Eastern Register here: https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1668&EID=21371

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February 2016

Queer History – Spring 2016

9 February 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 5 April 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Online Queer History Classes led by: Rev. Dr. Tom Bohache Tuesdays: 9th February, 23rd February, 8th March, 22nd March, 5th April 2016 5pm to 7pm US Eastern Register here: https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1668&EID=21370

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Young Adult Leadership Mentoring Retreat

12 February 2016 @ 8:00 am - 15 February 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Dayspring Retreat Center FL United States + Google Map

Dayspring Retreat Center - 12th to 15th February 2015 Young Adult Leadership Mentoring Retreat More information coming soon .........

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CLM Train the Trainer – Sarasota, FL – 17th to 21st February 2016

17 February 2016 @ 8:00 am - 21 February 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Church of the Trinity MCC, 7225 Lockwood Ridge Road
Sarasota, 34243 United States
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Creating a Life that Matters is all about relationships: intentional, authentic relationships – with the Sacred, our Self, and our Passion. Creating a Life that Matters is all about relationships: intentional, authentic relationships – with the Sacred, our Self, and our Passion. CLM transforms lives and inspires people to more directed, clear, passionate involvement in their life and in the life of the planet, through the support of their local MCC.

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March 2016

Young Adult Leadership Mentoring Retreat – YALMR – 10th to 13th March 2016

10 March 2016 @ 8:00 am - 13 March 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Sunshine Cathedral MCC, 4626 NW 32nd Street
Ft. Lauderdale, FL United States
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$50
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April 2016

MCC Emerging Church Training

6 April 2016
Online

MCC is actively forming new types of worship communities around the world. The MCC Emerging Church Program, now in its 2nd year, continues to explore ways to Become MCC. It is no secret, the way a person expresses faith and spirituality is different than even 10 years ago. Some leaders are still asking questions like, "Who is in charge?" "What can we do to bring people to church?" If those two questions start the conversation in a faith community then…

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MCC Emerging Church Training

13 April 2016
Online

MCC is actively forming new types of worship communities around the world. The MCC Emerging Church Program, now in its 2nd year, continues to explore ways to Become MCC. It is no secret, the way a person expresses faith and spirituality is different than even 10 years ago. Some leaders are still asking questions like, "Who is in charge?" "What can we do to bring people to church?" If those two questions start the conversation in a faith community then…

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Meet the Moderator Candidates

13 April 2016
Online

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 at 9:00 PM (London); 4:00 PM (New York); 1:00 PM (Los Angeles); 6:00 AM on Thursday, April 14 (Sydney) Please join us to hear the Candidates discuss their vision for MCC's future by responding in depth to three separate questions from the MNC. The webinar will be a push of information (i.e., no Q&A segment). However, any questions that you may have will be collected during the webinar and provided to the Candidates after the webinar.…

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MCC Emerging Church Training

20 April 2016
Online

MCC is actively forming new types of worship communities around the world. The MCC Emerging Church Program, now in its 2nd year, continues to explore ways to Become MCC. It is no secret, the way a person expresses faith and spirituality is different than even 10 years ago. Some leaders are still asking questions like, "Who is in charge?" "What can we do to bring people to church?" If those two questions start the conversation in a faith community then…

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MCC Emerging Church Training

27 April 2016
Online

MCC is actively forming new types of worship communities around the world. The MCC Emerging Church Program, now in its 2nd year, continues to explore ways to Become MCC. It is no secret, the way a person expresses faith and spirituality is different than even 10 years ago. Some leaders are still asking questions like, "Who is in charge?" "What can we do to bring people to church?" If those two questions start the conversation in a faith community then…

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May 2016

Moderator Candidates Virtual Town Hall – Rev. Elder Darlene Garner

3 May 2016

The Moderator Nominating Committee invites you to engage in Q&A with the candidates regarding their candidacy for Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches! The Moderator Candidates Virtual Town Halls will be held in May and the schedule is as follows: Rev. Elder Darlene Garner Tue, May 3, 2016 @ 15:00 Central Time US; 13:00 (Los Angeles); 16:00 (New York); 21:00 (London); 06:00 on Wed, May 4 (Sydney) Register here

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Moderator Candidates Virtual Town Hall – Rev. Elder Diane Fisher

3 May 2016

The Moderator Nominating Committee invites you to engage in Q&A with the candidates regarding their candidacy for Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches! The Moderator Candidates Virtual Town Halls will be held in May and the schedule is as follows: Rev. Elder Diane Fisher Tue, May 10, 2016 @ 15:00 Central Time US; 13:00 (Los Angeles); 16:00 (New York); 21:00 (London); 06:00 on Wed, May 11 (Sydney) Register here

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Moderator Candidates Virtual Town Hall – Rev. Dr. Irene Laudeman

3 May 2016

The Moderator Nominating Committee invites you to engage in Q&A with the candidates regarding their candidacy for Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches! The Moderator Candidates Virtual Town Halls will be held in May and the schedule is as follows: Rev. Dr. Irene Laudeman Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 15:00 Central Time US; 13:00 (Los Angeles); 16:00 (New York); 21:00 (London); 06:00 on Thu, May 19 (Sydney) Register here

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Moderator Candidates Virtual Town Hall – Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez

3 May 2016

The Moderator Nominating Committee invites you to engage in Q&A with the candidates regarding their candidacy for Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches! The Moderator Candidates Virtual Town Halls will be held in May and the schedule is as follows: Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 15:00 Central Time US; 13:00 (Los Angeles); 16:00 (New York); 21:00 (London); 06:00 on Wed, May 25 (Sydney) Register here

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A Holy Conversation about Denominational Transition

12 May 2016
Online

Hosted by Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, MCC Global Moderator Council of Elders, MCC Governing Board Dear MCC Friends: Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, MCC Global Moderator, will host a series of virtual Forums designed as Holy Conversations to discuss the denominational transitions that will take place at the 2016 General Conference in Victoria, British Columbia. Members of the Council of Elders and MCC Governing Board will also attend the Forums. The Forums will focus on the issues and processes related to the…

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A Holy Conversation about Denominational Transition

13 May 2016
Online

Hosted by Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, MCC Global Moderator Council of Elders, MCC Governing Board Dear MCC Friends: Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, MCC Global Moderator, will host a series of virtual Forums designed as Holy Conversations to discuss the denominational transitions that will take place at the 2016 General Conference in Victoria, British Columbia. Members of the Council of Elders and MCC Governing Board will also attend the Forums. The Forums will focus on the issues and processes related to the…

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A Holy Conversation about Denominational Transition

17 May 2016
Online

Hosted by Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, MCC Global Moderator Council of Elders, MCC Governing Board Dear MCC Friends: Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, MCC Global Moderator, will host a series of virtual Forums designed as Holy Conversations to discuss the denominational transitions that will take place at the 2016 General Conference in Victoria, British Columbia. Members of the Council of Elders and MCC Governing Board will also attend the Forums. The Forums will focus on the issues and processes related to the…

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A Holy Conversation about Denominational Transition

17 May 2016
Online

Hosted by Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, MCC Global Moderator Council of Elders, MCC Governing Board Dear MCC Friends: Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, MCC Global Moderator, will host a series of virtual Forums designed as Holy Conversations to discuss the denominational transitions that will take place at the 2016 General Conference in Victoria, British Columbia. Members of the Council of Elders and MCC Governing Board will also attend the Forums. The Forums will focus on the issues and processes related to the…

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MCC Polity 2016 – Section 1

24 May 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 12 July 2016 @ 5:00 pm
$150.00

This course will consider the history, structure, and governance of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) as well as the values, theologies, and cultures that have shaped MCC. This will be explored in the larger context of LGBTQ liberation movements and the global religious context. 

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June 2016

Interim Ministry Training

29 June 2016 - 2 July 2016
The Fairmont Empress hotel Victoria, British Columbia Canada + Google Map

29 June 2016 @ 9:00 am - 2 July 2016 @ 5:00 pm This is part of the pre-conference institute series. Read more information here.

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Global REVM

29 June 2016 - 2 July 2016
Fairmont Empress Victoria, BC Canada + Google Map

29 June 2016 @ 9:00 am - 2 July 2016 @ 5:00 pm This is part of the pre-conference institute series. Read more information here.

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CLM Train the Trainer – Pre Conference Institute

29 June 2016 - 2 July 2016
Fairmont Empress Victoria, BC Canada + Google Map

This is part of the pre-conference institute series. Read more information here.

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July 2016

Personal Spiritual Retreat

1 July 2016 - 2 July 2016
Fairmont Empress Victoria, BC Canada + Google Map

This is part of the pre-conference institute series. Read more information here.

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Ibero-America Gathering

2 July 2016 - 3 July 2016
Fairmont Empress Victoria, BC Canada + Google Map

This is part of the pre-conference institute series. Read more information here.

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General Conference

4 July 2016 - 8 July 2016
Fairmont Empress Victoria, BC Canada + Google Map

Join us for the 26th General Conference where MCCers from around the globe will come together to worship and celebrate God’s all-inclusive love. Come and experience the diversity and passion that makes MCC unique.

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Post-Conference Alaskan Cruise

10 July 2016 - 17 July 2016
Unnamed Venue AK United States

Sign up by 4 January 2015 for extra incentives! In a matter of months, you’ll be making flight reservations and choosing your outfits to wear during General Conference XXVI 4-8 July 2016 in Victoria, B.C., Canada. The week of conference will be full of energizing worship and exciting workshops ending around 10pm on Friday, 8 July.   Read more...

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September 2016

MCC Polity 2016 – Section 2

22 September 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 10 November 2016 @ 2:00 pm
$150.00

This course will consider the history, structure, and governance of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) as well as the values, theologies, and cultures that have shaped MCC. This will be explored in the larger context of LGBTQ liberation movements and the global religious context. 

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October 2016

LEAD – Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship

7 October 2016 - 10 October 2016
All God’s Children MCC, 3100 Park Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407 United States
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7th to 10th October 2016 Click the 'Apply Now' button below, or on the left, and you will find further details about the application process. IMPORTANT: Application Deadline is Sunday, 28th August 2016 Host Church: All God's Children MCC Minneapolis, MN USA The cost of the program is $350 US which includes some meals; more information will follow shortly detailing hotel options. APPLY NOW!!! Participants begin the certification process by applying to the L.E.A.D. program and, upon acceptance, attending the…

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Moderator’s Circle Reception

15 October 2016
MCC of Washington D.C., 474 Ridge Street NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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  Join us at the Moderator's Circle/Interim Moderator Reception on October 15th from 5:30-8:30pm at the Cranford House in Washington, DC. The Interim Moderator, current Moderator, Rev. Nancy Wilson, and others from senior leadership will be there.

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Interim Moderator Installation

16 October 2016
MCC of Washington D.C., 474 Ridge Street NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Join us as we install the Interim Moderator in Washington DC on Sunday 16 October, 2016 at 1:00pm Eastern. If you are coming from out of town, we recommend staying at: Grand Hyatt: https://washingtondc.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html -or- Marriott Wardman Park:https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasdt-washington-marriott-wardman-park MCCDC invites you to worship at 9 or 11am on Sunday. A brief reception will take place between worship and the Interim Moderator Blessing.   MCCDC has a small parking lot, so if you are driving, we recommend arriving early and being…

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Becoming More Innovative Leaders

18 October 2016
Online

A series of conversations in collaborative discernment from the Office of Church Life and Health and  the Office of Formation and Leadership Development In a world where change seems the only constant, where even what it means to be church is shifting, how can we as leaders help our MCC ministries boldly answer our calling from God? In this 21st century context, we can no longer rely on how things "have always been done," nor can we simply imitate what…

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Becoming More Innovative Leaders

25 October 2016
Online

A series of conversations in collaborative discernment from the Office of Church Life and Health and  the Office of Formation and Leadership Development In a world where change seems the only constant, where even what it means to be church is shifting, how can we as leaders help our MCC ministries boldly answer our calling from God? In this 21st century context, we can no longer rely on how things "have always been done," nor can we simply imitate what…

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Eastern Network Gathering

29 October 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
MCC Rehoboth, 19399 Plantation Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 United States
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November 2016

Becoming More Innovative Leaders

1 November 2016
Online

A series of conversations in collaborative discernment from the Office of Church Life and Health and  the Office of Formation and Leadership Development In a world where change seems the only constant, where even what it means to be church is shifting, how can we as leaders help our MCC ministries boldly answer our calling from God? In this 21st century context, we can no longer rely on how things "have always been done," nor can we simply imitate what…

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