Governing Board Announcement on Commission on General Conference

 


Announcing the Commission on General Conference!


The Governing Board of Metropolitan Community Churches is excited to announce the creation of The General Conference Commission!

MCC General Conferences typically occur every three years and they are a time for our global family to gather, worship, create, learn, and plan. Every General Conference has been special and some have been extra memorable.

Thanks to MCC leadership we have all been gifted some time to look at how we ‘do’ General Conference. We have been blessed with a team of volunteers who will work with MCC communities and individuals around the world to ponder:

  • What are the main goals General Conference should accomplish?
    Does General Conference give people a sense of unity and direction?
    How should the business of MCC be conducted?
    How can we best meet the physical and financial needs of conference attendees given shifting demographics?
    How do networks, affinity group meetings etc., fit into the conference structure?
    Are there innovative ways we can seek to build new partnerships when planning conferences, network gatherings, affinity group meetings, skills-based learning etc.
    With technology changing rapidly making meaningful connections more accessible and equitable, can we imagine new ways of conducting conferences or meetings around the world?

2020 is the perfect time to be having these conversations as, due to COVID-19, we are all evaluating how we gather and learning new ways of ‘being the church’ so we look forward to gathering your thoughts in the coming year and a half.

This Commission is charged with examining how our General Conference is structured and will make recommendations for any conferences after the 2022 General Conference.

Learn more about the background and charge to the Commission on General Conference here.


Get Involved: Let’s Dream Together!


Commission on GC Dream Sessions

Because of the scope of the Commission on General Conference’s assignment, we will be relying on gathering ideas, comments, and thoughts from our global community! To start, you are invited to participate in our first opportunity for feedback as we begin wresting with the purpose of General Conference.

In each Dream Session, we will meet in small breakout groups to discuss the purpose, meaning, and big questions we need to ask when it comes to gathering.

Select a Dream Session that fits your schedule and language.

Sign Up Here

Dream Session Times:

Note: Primary language is the first listed
All sessions will be 90 minutes

Wednesday 11 November: English, Tagalog
6:30pm AEDT / 7:30am GMT / 2:30am EST

Tuesday 17 November: English, Spanish
8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST / 1:00am GMT (Wednesday)

Thursday 19 November: Spanish, English
8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST / 1:00am GMT (Wednesday)

Friday 20 November: English, German (others upon request)
7:00pm CET / 6:00pm GMT / 1:00pm EST

Saturday 21 November: Portuguese, English
7:00pm BRT / 10:00pm GMT / 5:00pm EST

Monday 23 November: English, Spanish
10:00pm EST / 7:00pm PST / 3:00am GMT (Wednesday)

Sign Up Here

Tired of Surveys? Help us dream of what General Conference can be by signing up for a focus-group style Dream Session.


Members of the Commission


Commission on General Conference TeamCommission Members:

Rev. Brendan Boone, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Dr. Al Chapman, Northern Lights MCC, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, MCC Moderator, Portishead, United Kingdom
Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez, UFMCC Staff, Guadalajara, Mexico
Mr. Chad Hobbs, UFMCC Governing Board Treasurer/MCC Tampa, USA
Ms. Jude Litzenberger, UFMCC Network Facilitator/The Met, San Diego, California, USA
Rev. Paul Whiting, UFMCC Governing Board/Pastor MCC Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Rev. Emily Worman, Pastor Church in Progress MCC, Auckland, New Zealand
Rev. Lauren Bennett, UFMCC Staff/Associate Pastor MCC Greater St. Louis, Missouri, USA (Co-Chair)
Mr. Mike Haase, UFMCC Staff/Minister of Music All God’s Children MCC Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA  (Co-Chair)

For Questions or to contact the commission, please email [email protected]