MCC Headline News – 13 June 2011

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Tearing Down Walls. Building Up Hope.



MCC Announces L.E.A.D. Coordinators


The Office of Formation and Leadership Development is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Maxwell and Barry Hundley as coordinators for the L.E.A.D. (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship) Certificate Program. Nancy and Barry are graciously volunteering their time and expertise for this important role in the continued development of leaders in MCC at the local, global and denominational level. They will be working closely with Rev. Dr. Mona West to implement this new training program for laity in MCC. For more information about their gifts, training and commitment to MCC, click here to read their bios.

Applications are currently being accepted for the first L.E.A.D. retreat to be held 18-21 August 2011 in Ellenton, Florida (USA). For more information on the L.E.A.D. program, click here. To download an application packet, click here. Deadline for applications is 5 July 2011.


Reflections on Disaster Relief
by Rev. Elder Diane Fisher


DF June 2011 tornado

Photo taken as storms left Boston (Massachusetts) area 1 June 2011


Nearly two weeks ago, Massachusetts had some severe storms and nine confirmed tornados. Four people lost their lives, and Springfield suffered a lot of destruction. As the storm left our area heading to Boston, the sky was consistently bright with the storm’s lightning. The photo above was as the storm left. I recorded video as well, and what is the most striking is the noise. Truly unbelievable.


We had a crazy winter. I have said that I am over snow, which were words I never thought I would hear myself utter. And now, I can add that I am over tornadoes.


We were luckier than most. We had two storm systems, one from the south and another from the north. They created fabulous night sky displays and noise over our house, and we have minimal damage. Most of the trees that we had not lost during the winter snow, remained firm. We lost only four, and all of those missed the house.


I am more aware now of just how lucky the survivors in Joplin are to have seen and lived through the horrific tornadoes that left such a swath of devastation. The might of these storms is something to behold.


I hope that we will continue to keep the people of Joplin, Tuscaloosa, Japan, Christchurch, and Brisbane in prayer. Hurricane Katrina has shown us just how long the recovery and rebuilding can take.


It feels this year more than ever as though we have really upset Mother Earth and need to bring things back into “right relationship.” We need to pray for healing of the earth, for people’s hearts and their renewed hope and courage, and for us not to just move on to the next disaster, forgetting those still living in turmoil and fear.


God Bless,


For MCC responses to Disasters, visit our Disaster Relief page at (You can also donate to our Disaster Relief ministry via the same link.)


Summer Reading Sale Continues


We are offering new pricing (up to 40% off) for books in the Rev. Troy Perry cycle:

  • The Lord is My Shepherd & He Knows I’m Gay – $15.00
  • Don’t Be Afraid Anymore – $8.00
  • 10 Spiritual Truths for Successful Living for Gays and Lesbians (and Everyone Else!) – $7.00
  • Troy Perry: Pastor and Prophet – $8.00 (includes book & CD!)

*** Or buy the whole set for $35.00! ***


All prices in US dollars. Free shipping/handling (within the continental US) for orders of $15 USD or more. While supplies last.


Special Bonus:

Be one of the first 29 individuals to order 10 Spiritual Truths, and receive an autographed copy!

Additional Value:

A free Would Jesus Discriminate? t-shirt will be shipped with the first 50 orders! (Include your size preference with your order, and indicate what you would like us to do if your size is no longer available.)


(This offer is good for orders received no later than 31 July 2011.)


You can order online here, or contact Franklin Calvin at [email protected] or 1-202-657-6304.




PAD Conference


Editorial delay: Watch for a post-conference summary in the next issue of Headline News.
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Making Headlines!
MCC Announces L.E.A.D. Coordinators
Reflections on Disaster Relief
Summer Reading Sale
PAD Conference
MCC Makes Headlines
Upcoming MCC Events
Updated Program Booklet 
Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic


MCC Makes Headlines
Brian Bond, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, was interviewed by the Washington Blade and mentions MCC. You can read that article here.


Upcoming 2011 MCC Events

Stewardship Summit

24-25 June

Stewardship Summit

27-30 July

Young Adult Retreat



2011 Clergy Retreat

12-14 September

OFLD Clergy Retreat



For a full listing of 2011 MCC events, click here.



MCC’s Updated Program Booklet

As we work to use church size theory for our denominational work, we want to ensure that our churches have easy access to programs that support leaders, grow churches and provide care and connection. To that end, we are continually creating and updating resources that are producing results. Click here for the most recent listing of programs being offered this year.



Young Adult Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic


A team of 14 MCC young adults and their advisors is slated to depart on a week-long mission trip to the Dominican Republic on 23 June 2011. The trip is being organized by MCC Washington DC (for the sixth consecutive year) with the support and guidance of Rev. Elder Darlene Garner and MCCDC Senior Pastor Dwayne Johnson. For more details, click here.


The team is actively involved in raising their own funds for this mission trip. For information on how to contribute, click here.


You are invited to follow the mission team on their journey. They have developed their own website here.