Governing Board Announcement on Commission on Pathways of Healing and Reconciliation

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

1 Corinthians 12:27

Our Context


A message from MCC Moderator, Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston.

 


Governing Board Announcement


We are living in unprecedented times. The cries for justice around the world, particularly for racial justice, are louder than ever. The Governing Board is fully committed to bringing healing and reconciliation within MCC and leading the deep changes that need to occur, so that MCC becomes more fully diverse and inclusive.

At General Conference 2019, the Governing Board was tasked with establishing a Commission on a pathway of healing and reconciliation “in order to shine a light on elements that have fractured MCC relationships since General Conference 2016 and continues”. The Moderator, the Governing Board and the Council of Elders have all been engaged in the process of developing this Commission.

Today, the Governing Board is pleased to announce the members of the Commission and the Terms of Reference under which it will carry out its vital work. We know that the establishment of the Commission on Pathways of Healing and Reconciliation is only the beginning of a journey. It will take courage, persistence and a willingness to hold ourselves and each other to account for us to create lasting cultural change within MCC, so that we can truly serve the world.


Terms of Reference


We are the body of Christ. When one part of the body hurts, the whole body hurts.

Metropolitan Community Churches was founded in the USA. Because our roots are there, the racism in American society is also present in our roots. As a global movement, we recognise that racism exists all over the world and we are committed to addressing and combatting its impact.

This Commission will set the foundation for an ongoing process of growth, development and cultural change in the areas of race equity, diversity and inclusion as a long term commitment throughout MCC.

The Commission on Pathways of Healing and Reconciliation will:

  • Conduct an in-depth review of MCC and its current state in relation to race equity
  • Review previous reports on diversity and inclusion, making recommendations on further work to be done
  • Receive input from existing advisory groups on how MCC can improve diversity and inclusion
  • Work with the Governing Board, Council of Elders, MCC staff, church leaders and local congregations to start the process of organisational and policy change, which will embed racial equity into all areas of the denomination
  • Make recommendations for accountability mechanisms, so that the progress towards race equity, diversity and inclusion continues
  • Design and offer a pathway for individuals to move towards healing and reconciliation on elements that have fractured relationships in recent years
  • Respond in its work to any situations or events that unfold during the time of the Commission where it relates to or impacts the work of the Commission
  • The Commission will meet primarily virtually and conduct much of its work via email
  • The Commission will meet initially for one year and will then review if it needs more time to complete its key tasks

Members of the Commission


The following individuals have been appointed by the Governing Board to serve on the Commission:

Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, MCC Detroit, USA (Co-Chair)
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator UFMCC (Co-Chair)
Ms. Clare Coughlin, Governing Board UFMCC
Rev. Cathy Alexander, MCC Staff
Mr. Richard Norman, Good Hope MCC, South Africa
Ms. Coralis Rosario, Vision of Hope MCC, USA
Ms. Ivana Warwick, ICM Sao Paulo, Brazil
M. Reece Jackson-Whittaker, Founders MCC, USA
Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw, MCC Tampa USA

Each of these individuals bring a rich diversity of experience to the Commission and will be given training as part of their work to enable them to deepen their own learning about race equity, diversity and inclusion, as they set about this crucial and significant ministry. The Governing Board would like to thank each person for being willing to say “Yes” to this call to serve.

Please hold the Commission, the Governing Board, the Council of Elders and the MCC staff in prayer as we all begin this new chapter of transforming ourselves as we transform the world.

Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator
Rev. Elder Diane Fisher, Clerk of the Governing Board
Mark Godette, Vice Chair
Chad Hobbs, Treasurer
Rev. Alberto Nájera
Clare Coughlin
James Chavis
Rev. Paul Whiting
Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey