Dear MCC Family,
We all continue to grieve for those who lost their lives or were injured in Orlando. We at MCC have walked that lonesome valley and remember those we have lost to violence and hatred. We are praying for the victims of this horrific massacre. The hate and gun violence must stop.
I want to express my deep appreciation to all of you who have been speaking out and using the media to share your compassion and wisdom. You have been articulate, pastoral and prophetic. MCC leaders in Houston, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Tri-City, Wichita, Orlando, Sarasota, Denver, Boise, Laredo, Corpus Christi, Blue Ridge, Richmond, and so many others are all leaders whom the media turned to for a pastoral response in this epic tragedy.
Our grief extends to all LGBTQI people who are shaken by this terrorist act. Safety is crucial in our lives and our bars are often our churches when our churches turn us away. Our dance clubs are places where we can celebrate and just have fun. MCC churches have been that place of safety for so many of us, but we, too, have experienced terrorist acts. We have looked death in the face and have had to decide whether we would carry on. And we have.
All of you, we know, are ministering to your people and the larger community. We are a brave lot and I just wanted all of you to know that you are in my heart and prayers during this awful time. We will not turn back.
It is our calling to be the voices of love in a time of hatred. We walk this path together and lift each other up in prayer. We were called for such a time as this.
Peace and Grace,
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches