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Headline News – Insider Edition 29 April 2017

Over 40 Attend ICM Brasil National Retreat

“Subversive Spirituality” Theme Shapes Workshops

The theme was “Subversive Spirituality” and over 40 people attended the ICM Brasil National Retreat, 20-23 April, in Rio de Janeiro.

Organizers for People of African Descent (PAD) Brasil offered a morning presentation and worship. Rev. Elder Mona West, PhD, and Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León presented REVM (Readiness for Entering Vocational Ministry). At least five women attended REVM, which is a significant increase in participation in Brasil.

“The Retreat was a diverse intersection of people: intersex, GNC, straight, transmen, transwomen, ages, spiritualities, ethnicities, and heritages. It was a weekend that honored and celebrated authenticity,” said Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, MCC Interim Moderator.

Rev. Brown preached at the 23 April service. A vigil for AIDS victims and a talent show were also part of the Retreat’s events.

Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown:
“It was a weekend that honored and celebrated diversity . . . . “



New Project to Convert Books to Digital Format

Jim East from Trinity MCC in Gainesville, Florida, USA, leads the Disability Access Working Group. His current project it to encourage MCC authors to allow him to submit their books to BookShare.org, which will then create ebooks. This process is free to those donating books.

Those who have print disability that prevents reading standard print material will have access to MCC-authored material. The project will also open the door to a wider audience for MCC.

If you are an author and willing to donate your book, contact Shannon Young, at the Office of Emerging Ministries: [email protected].



 MCC Council of Elders Invites
All Churches and People of MCC
to Participate in Weekly Prayer on Wednesday


The Council of Elders encourages everyone in MCC to take a moment to pause for prayer each Wednesday at 9 a.m. in your time zone.

The Council of Elders will send weekly prayers written by a wide variety of MCC individuals. Those prayers will be made available in Spanish, Portuguese, German, and English.

Please participate.
Pause for Prayer at 9 a.m. Wednesdays.

One LGBTQ+ family. Many generations.
Thousands of undiscovered connections.

from the Organizers at Sage Table

On May 18, SAGE and AARP are launching a nationwide movement to revolutionize the way that LGBTQ+ people and allies connect with each other across ages and generational differences. MCC has signed on as a Super Host and we are inviting all members of the MCC community to break bread in homes, workplaces, houses of worship, and community organizations. Together, we will explore what caring for one another will look like when age no longer divides us.
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and resources for LGBTQ+older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBTQ+ older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBTQ+ organizations. SAGE works to promote positive images of LGBTQ+ life in later years.

To participate, go to sagetable.org and sign up as a host. We have a whole suite of event management tools that make hosting or joining a Table incredibly easy.

To learn more, visit us at www.sageusa.org.

New and updated information will be posted regularly on the SAGE Table website, www.sagetable.org.
Facebook: facebook.com/sageusa
Instagram: instagram.com/sageusa #sagetable
Flickr: flickr.com/sageusa #sagetable
Twitter: twitter.com/sageusa #sagetable

from the IDAHOT website:

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT )
is the largest LGBTI solidarity event to take place throughout the globe with over 1,000 events taking place in more than 120 countries worldwide.
IDAHOT 2017 will focus on families.

Go to their website for more information: https://dayagainsthomophobia.org

Sacred Space Online Learning (or SSOL) is an online learning center dedicated to providing a wide range of spiritual, religious, and faith-based resources in the form of online classes, live webinars, on-demand webinars or lectures, online book studies, and virtual retreats. SSOL contains hundreds of online offerings that can be used throughout the year, as an individual or as a group. They range in price and many of them are completely FREE! Learn more about Sacred Space Online Learning and let SSOL Illuminate Your SSOL!


From the Editor

Linda Brenner
Associate Director,
Headline News Editor

Gratitude for the Translators


I have great gratitude and appreciation for the people who generously give their time to translate documents for the denominational business.

Although MCC’s official languages include Portuguese, German, Spanish, and English, I am aware there are devoted pastors and leaders who translate to other languages as well. Thank you!

And as always, I appreciate your questions and/or suggestions at [email protected].