Headline News – 10 August 2018
Rev. Wanda Floyd to Serve as Gap Pastor in South Africa
Rev. Wanda Floyd has been appointed as the Gap Pastor at Good Hope MCC in Cape Town, South Africa, from 18 August 2018 – 15 November 2018, while Rev. Beulah Durrheim is on sabbatical.
Rev. Floyd will remain on MCC staff and continue consultation for Emerging and Affiliated Churches.
While in South Africa, Rev. Floyd will collaborate with local leaders to build the Network and may visit other MCC churches and ministries.
“It is my prayer that, by visiting other churches in Africa, they will not feel so isolated. It is difficult to feel connected when you are so geographically spread out. Hopefully, by the time I leave, the churches will have a better way of connecting. This connection will help create a way to have a Network Gathering in Africa in early 2019.”
BBC Interview Features MCC Brighton Pastor
Working with the homeless is inherent in the ministry of MCC Brighton, UK, and Pastor Andrew Ramage.
He said this ministry and their involvement in the LGBT community caught the attention of the local BBC Sussex.
“We support Disability, Trans, and Homeless Pride, as well as our year-round Wednesday outdoor service called Street Church. We have organized the Multi-Faith area for Trans Pride, too,” Pastor Ramage said.
The link to the interview is below and begins at 1:15:00 in the program:
Special General Conference Forum Recordings Available
Over 170 people attended the recent Special General Conference Forums. Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, Interim Moderator; the MCC Governing Board, and the Assessment Review Commission hosted the presentations. The webinar focused on the Assessment Commission report and proposals.
Sarah Jane Ramage and Rev. Elder Diane Fisher presented the Commission’s report. Rev. Elder Brown explained the process to narrow the Commission’s two proposals to one using a survey of registered Clergy and Lay Delegates on 20 August 2018. Delegates will vote on the preferred proposal on 7 November 2018.
The survey in August and the vote in November will be open for 48 hours to allow Delegates time to participate.
Assessment Review Commission Report and Survey Data Links
English / German Forum Recording:
Portuguese / Spanish Forum Recording:
Questions asked prior to and during the webinar are being reviewed by the Governing Board and Assessment Commission. Responses will be released at a later date.
Register to Vote Before Deadline: 12 August 2018
The Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) Governing Board has called a Special General Conference on 20 August 2018 to be held virtually beginning at 8 am EDT/12:00 GMT. The purpose of the Special General Conference is for the UFMCC General Conference to vote on the recommendations within the Assessment Review Commission Report.
MCC Council of Elders Encourages Posts of Gratitude
The MCC Council of Elders has been in prayer these last few weeks as MCC’s Governing Board and Staff have been experiencing transition.
We offer our Facebook page as a place where you can leave messages of gratitude and prayer. You can find by searching for “MCC Council of Elders” on Facebook or click this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/110506976310805/.
“Like” the page and/or “Follow” the page to get notifications of posts.
Diversity Webinars Offer Conversation on Privilege, Oppression, and Identity
Part 1: Diversity and Dialogue (same presentation each date)
Presented by Jared Vázquez. Registration is not required.
— 19 September, 10am EST / 14:00 UTC (GMT)
— 30 October, 8pm EDT / 00:00 UTC (GMT)
In this 90 minute webinar, we will examine our own social locations and the intersection of privilege and oppression. By thinking critically about our own identities and the differences that we encounter daily, we will learn what it means to be an ally to those who experience marginalization different than our own. We will also gain the skills and techniques to facilitate these kinds of conversations in our own social and congregational contexts.
MCC General Conference Is Less than a Year Away
Watch for upcoming emails announcing Plenary Speakers, Entertainers, and Special Guests!
BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM!
If you have an idea for a worship to be presented at General Conference, please fill out an application HERE. The deadline to apply is 31 August 2018.
5oth Anniversary Resources can be found at this link: http://bit.ly/2LKHhp
Rev. Gina Chapman
Rev. Gina Lynn (Kangas) Chapman returned to God on 6 August 2018 surrounded by loved ones.
Rev. Chapman attended and was ordained in Metropolitan Community Church Fellowship’s Samaritan Seminary in Los Angeles.
Rev. Chapman began her ministry to AIDS patients in 1981, when she was a deacon at the MCC in Los Angeles. She was known for hugging dying people that others would refuse to touch and was a community activist in a time before there was a name for the disease.
In 2006, she received the honored Community Partnership Award from Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project. Rev. Chapman was the beloved minister of Good Samaritan Metropolitan Community Church in Whittier from 1991 until her passing. Her love and guidance will be deeply missed by each of her congregants.
Rev. Janet Avery
Rev. Janet Lynne Avery, born 1 December 1945 in Rochester, New York, USA, died on 13 July 2018, at Southside Regional Medical Center, in Petersburg, Virginia, USA, at 72 years of age.
Rev. Avery was ordained as a minister in Metropolitan Community Churches in 2006. At one point or another, Rev. Avery worked as an Interim Pastor, Volunteer Clergy, and/or was an active member of MCC Open Door, MCC of the Hudson Valley, MCC Fredericksburg, MCC of Washington DC, and MCC Richmond. She provided security and service to many MCC events, regionally and denominationally, including the Installation Service of the denomination’s second Moderator, Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, held at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, in October 2011.
Rev. Avery moved from Maryland to Petersburg, when she retired in 2015, and became active in many local organizations, among them, the Liberal Women of Chesterfield County & Beyond, and Side By Side (formerly ROSMY), an organization dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish. Rev. Avery volunteered there weekly lending her energy, experience, and love to the youth of the organization. The youth there loved her sass, stories, and the care she showed to each and every one of them. Her presence will be greatly missed by Side by Side youth and staff.
A service of remembrance will be scheduled for Rev. Avery at a later date.
If you are clergy seeking to be employed in a local MCC church, visit the links below to read about ministry opportunities. The links below list churches seeking a transitional pastor or settled pastor, in addition to national secular jobs.
From the Editor
Streamlined Staff Seeks Volunteers
With a smaller, streamlined staff following deep budget cuts, staff resignations, and reductions, the remaining staff will need volunteers to assist in a variety of areas.
The best part about sharing your time and talent with MCC, beyond the amazing awareness that we are working for a greater good, is we all work from home offices. We meet by phone or Skype. We accommodate time zones, and volunteers will often have the flexibility to work according to your availability. More volunteers allow us to incorporate a wider array of people to better represent the vast tapestry of MCC’s community.
Let’s collaboratively support MCC to continue its Mission and Vision, live into our calling, and proclaim our Statement of Faith. Look for news about volunteering. Get excited about helping! We are grateful to work with you!
Contact me with your questions and ideas: [email protected].