Headline News – Insider Edition 23 September 2017
Reflections of Earthquake in Mexico City
“The Spirit of God blows tenderly
in the midst of the solidarity of people.”
“El Espíritu de Dios sopla con ternura en medio
de la solidaridad de los pueblos.“
Rev. Wanda Floyd Joins MCC Staff
as Emerging Church Specialist
Rev. Wanda Floyd joined MCC’s staff as the Emerging Church Specialist working from the Office of Church and Ministry Development as of 1 September 2017. Rev. Floyd brings deep experience in emerging and transitional ministry and a passion for the work.
Notes of congratulations can be sent to: [email protected].
Rev. Wanda Floyd is an ordained clergy person with MCC. She began her journey with MCC at St. John’s MCC in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1987, and served as a member of the former Gulf Lower Atlantic District Committee as lay and then clergy representative. After ten years at St. John’s MCC, she founded Imani MCC in Durham, North Carolina. Most recently, Rev. Floyd was a transitional pastor for MCC Charlotte, North Carolina, after having served as transitional pastor for MCC Las Vegas, Nevada. Rev. Floyd is also a gay activist. She served as co-chair for the North Carolina Coalition for Marriage Equality, was a board member of PFLG and other LGBTQA organizations. Rev. Floyd has also represented the LGBT community in media. She has been able to share her story in multiple books and newspapers, to help educate others on LGBTQA issues and spirituality.
Network Facilitator Team Expands Roster
After serving as a Network Facilitator for four years, Liz Bisordi is stepping down to pursue other opportunities.
As one of our early Network Facilitators, she has supported the Eastern, Northeast, Central US, North Central US, and Canada Networks, as well as having provided education and training for our Network Leaders. Although Liz is leaving this position, she will continue to assist the Office of Church and Ministry Development on special projects.
Upon announcing her decision, Liz said, “Our Networks, the Network Leaders, and their teams are essential to the care, connection, and communication between our local churches and the denomination. I want to thank all the individuals who serve in these volunteer roles, and most especially, the very talented and dedicated Network Leaders I have worked with for their creativity, perseverance, and always putting the needs of the local churches first.”
We are grateful for Liz’s service and all of the ways that she has supported the networks. Notes of thanks may be sent to: [email protected].
We are pleased to welcome Rev. David Zier as the new Network Facilitator for the Eastern, Northeast, Central US, North Central and Canada Networks.
Rev. Zier was a medical engineer and consultant for more than 20 years prior to entering ministry. He graduated with a Master’s of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion in 2010, completed Clinical Pastoral Training in 2011, and graduated from a two year Spiritual Direction Internship from the Benedict Inn at an Indianapolis Monastery in 2012.
Since his MCC Ordination in 2011, Rev. Zier has served as a pastor on staff at LifeJourney MCC in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he led outreach ministries and spiritual formation programs. In 2013, Rev. Zier was appointed Network Leader within the MCC denomination of the Central East US Churches. Rev. Zier has been involved with MCC since 1980, starting with Joy MCC in Orlando, Florida.
Notes of congratulations may be sent to: [email protected]
PAD Conference Award Recipients
Join us at the 2017 MCC Women’s Conference
Honoring the Spirit Within Us
1-5 November 2017
Church of the Trinity Sarasota, Florida, USA
Come Discover YOUR Spiritual Type and meet women from around the world!
The Women’s Conference will feature the following presentations:
Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner: Honoring our Spirits doing Social Justice
Rev. Dr. Joretta Marshall: The Heart of the Spirit
Rev. Elder Margarita Sanchez DeLeon: What’s My Head Got to do With my Spirit?
Ubaka Hill, drummer and percussionist: The Mystical Spirit.
The Wednesday evening, Nov. 1st, presentation will allow you to Discover Your Spiritual Type with Elder Nancy Maxwell & Rev. Donna Twardowski, then follow up with our speakers in the days following.
There will be worship, a drum circle, workshops, Labyrinth walk, creative reflection time and a Tent Revival with Rev. Candy Holmes!
A Saturday evening concert by Lucie Blue Tremblay ($25.00) is also scheduled. And plan to join us for Sunday worship with Lucie and Elder Margarita at 10 am.
The Conference will be held at Church of the Trinity MCC in beautiful Sarasota, Florida, USA, and all participants will earn 9 CEUs!
Leading Transition Training Starts in October
A time of leadership transition can be especially anxious for congregations. In this course, clergy and lay leaders will explore the dynamics of transition, learn strategies for making positive use of transition periods, and gain a deeper understanding of several key lenses through which leaders may offer their most effective planning and programming when facilitating transition. This course is required for all clergy and lay pastors who may be appointed as transitional pastors. It is open to everyone and would be beneficial to anyone who is leading groups through times of change and reformation.
Faculty: Rev. Pressley Sutherland, Associate Director, Office of Church and Ministry Development, and others
The cost of the course will be $50. Deadline for registration is 13 October 2017. Register at this link: https://bit.ly/Transition-Training-Registration.
Leading Transition Training Dates:
Tuesdays (10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14) 7pm-9pm Eastern Time (23:00 UTC in October and 00:00 UTC in November)
MCC Memorial Wall Open for Memories and Prayers
The Communications Team created a Memorial Wall, located on MCC’s website,
as a place to honor those who have died and post their obituaries.
You can view others’ sentiments or add your own
for Rev. Carlton Dale Mutts Rutherford, LCSW, M.Div,
and Rev. Delores Berry at https://mccchurch.org/memorial-wall/
Pastoral Elections and Appointments
Looking for Employment?
If you are clergy seeking to be employed
in a local MCC church, visit the links below
to read about ministry opportunities.
The link below lists churches seeking
a transitional pastor, settled pastor,
and anticipating a pastoral search.
Gap, Interim, and Anticipated Openings
The second link below advertises
MCC settled pastor positions
and national secular jobs.
Settled Pastor and Secular Employment
Purchase tickets to attend the Celebration and Tribute
for Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, Senior Pastor,
Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto
Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes C.M. has been the Senior Pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, in Canada, for 38 years. In this role, Rev. Dr. Hawkes has been at the forefront of LGBT ministry in Toronto. He serves as spiritual leader to a faith community of more than 900 congregants at regular Sunday worship. As well, he has served the community at large with distinction, championing several Human Rights initiatives, especially benefiting the LGBT communities.
Purchase tickets at this link: https://www.mcctoronto.com/senior-pastor/brent-tribute
Register for Historic Conference
of Modern Day Elders, Saints, and Prophets
Rolling The Stone Away: Generations of Love & Justice is a conference of Elders, Saints and Prophets from all generations. This conference honors the ground-breaking achievements, relentless commitments, and often painful sacrifices these leaders have made in religious organizations over the past five decades.
MCC has many Elders, Saints, and Prophets who will be featured
at this conference including: Rev. Dr. Neil Cazares-Thomas, Dr. Imani Woody, Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, Rev. Candy Holmes, Elder Larry Rodriguez , Rev. Elder Troy, and Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson. The Planning Team includes Rev. Dr. Jim Mitulski, Barb Crabtree, Linda Brenner, and Lauren Bennett.
Click here for the entire list of invited guests and planning team members.
Do not miss this chance to be part of history, and say, “I was there!”
REGISTER TODAY before the October 6
View the Program Schedule
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Please consider supporting this once in a lifetime conference that celebrates queer history, the merging of sex and spirituality, and the many people who contributed to the LGBTQ+ ecumenical movement.
Make a donation directly to Rolling the Stone Away: Generations of Love & Justice to support this historic conference: https://rollingthestoneaway.org/donate/.
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