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Rev Janice Bowker
Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.Issue Number: Two


Office of the Moderator

Metropolitan Community Churches

For Immediate Release: 4 March 2010



$10,000 Gift from Metropolitan Community Churches To Housing Works

Builds Up Hope for People Living

With HIV/AIDS in Haiti


New York, NY – Following the devastating January 12th earthquake in Haiti, Metropolitan Community Churches around the globe mobilized to offer not only prayerful but financial support.  With the help of its congregation in nearby Santo Domingo, the denomination, dedicated to serving the LGBT community and all vulnerable populations, was able to fund direct assistance in the form of food, water, basic medicinal supplies, tents and sleeping bags to survivors.


Today, The Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, announced a further gift in the amount of $10,000 to Housing Works, a New York City based organization committed to ending the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness.


In operation since 1990, Housing Works, under the direction of Charles King, has recently assisted in re-

opening three medical clinics in Haiti.  Two of the clinics focus primarily on people living with HIV/AIDS and one has a primary outreach to women and children. — In addition, Housing Works has been able to offer limited assistance in the form of light weight mosquito-proof tents to people living with HIV/AIDS who were rendered homeless by the earthquake’s destruction.


“People living with AIDS are on the bottom of the help list,” said King.  “We are so grateful for MCC’s generous gift.  It will mean that some of the most vulnerable and underserved in Haiti will get the basic care and supplies they need to survive — including temporary shelter.”


Rev. Wilson, who spearheaded MCC’s campaign to offer immediate and direct support to the ravaged communities of the island nation, said, “To be left homeless and hungry — in many cases, having lost all family member and friends — is bad enough.  To try to live without the medications, treatment and care people living with HIV/AIDS need to survive, is even worse.  We know that Haiti is the Caribbean nation most affected by HIV/AIDS, and we are praying that the gift we offer today will both save lives and build up hope for the future.”


MCC’s $10,000 gift will be awarded to Charles King, President and CEO of Housing Works, at a public worship service on March 14th in the sanctuary of Metropolitan Community Church of New York {446 West 36th Street, between Dyre and 10th Avenue}.  Members of the press are welcome to attend.


For more information on the March 14th event, contact Bradley Curry at [email protected].

Grace and Peace,



The Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson


For more information about Housing Works and how you can help people living with HIV/AIDS in Haiti, contact Charles King at [email protected].


 This statement prepared in conjunction with The Moderator’s Global Justice Team,Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Chair.

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.  MCC History in the Making…
MCC Pastor, The Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng appointed to the faculty of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA (USA)

In late February of this year, the Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) and Rev. Dr. Patrick ChengMetropolitan Community Churches (MCC) collectively took a step into history with the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng as Assistant Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology.  This is the first time that an ordained MCC clergy person has been appointed to a full time tenure track position with this educational institution.

In a conversation with Rev. Dr. Cheng, he issued the following comments – “I am delighted that this appointment will help strengthen the connections between MCC and EDS.  I look forward to working with and mentoring MCC seminarians — as well as other EDS students — with res
pect to their academic and spiritual formation.  My partner Michael and I met nearly nineteen years ago in Cambridge, Massachusetts, so this will be a special homecoming of sorts for us!”  

To learn more about Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng and his recent appointment click here to read the EDS Press Release.  Also check out the following links to learn more:



Queer Asian Spirit:
His profile on the LGBT Religious Archives site:

 This Week – In The News!


The MCC Moderator Announces

 New Structure Proposal


In a public statement released earlier this week, Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Moderator of MCC announced a new structure proposal.  The proposal includes background documentation, a preamble that sets the stage, a list of highlights of the proposed structural changes, an implementation schedule and a listing of frequently asked questions.  If you have not yet had a chance to review the proposal, click here to view the new structure review website where each document is available for review, downloading and comment.  Stay tuned for more information on the structure review process including a clergy and lay delegate survey. Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson states, “We are looking forward to the feedback, and to an exciting General Conference in Acapulco”.

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 Around the Globe

Congratulate Washington D.C. on this

 Historic Day of U.S. Marriage Equality


In statement released in the early morning hours on yesterday, 3 March, while the world tuned in to watch as history extend its arm into the lives of LGBT people in Washington, D.C. (USA). Metropolitan Community Churches worldwide offered its hearty thanks to God and congratulations to the Mayor and City Council of Washington D.C. as Marriage Equality becomes law in the Capital City of the United States of America,” said The Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches.  On Wednesday morning, 3 March 2010, at 12:00AM, the new marriage equality law became effective.  Click here to read the entire statement.

At the center of all of the local excitement were MCC’s own Rev. Candy Holmes and Rev. Elder Darlene Garner who were the 6th couple in line to apply for a marriage license in the District of Rev. Darlene Garner & Rev. Candy HolmesColumbia.  The following excerpt is taken from a public statement that they released on yesterday: “The doors opened at 8:30 a.m. and our hearts leapt. We could not stop smiling though nothing had actually happened yet. But the jubilation was too much to contain. Who would have thought that two African American, Lesbian, clergy and great grandmothers would be poised to declare and honor their love in this way? We were ready and the time was now. We stepped into history after a long journey speckled with dashed hopes and disappointments because of who we love. But no more! Though the sky was as gray as our hair, rain could not spoil our parade this day. No one could take or steal away our joy. Thank God for this moment and for such a time when the essence and importance of our love can be counted.”  To read the entire statement, click here

Be sure to get connected and stay tuned as we will continue to follow the journey of these two extraordinary women that has already taken them to CNN, USA Today and the LA Times.  

 OUTbox! – From the Editor

 March 2010
Well there is certainly not a shortage of things of things going on the world around us.  Please take a few moments to engage all that God has been up to in and through ou
r community.  I hope that you will join me this Lenten season in giving up all that holds us back and taking on that which moves us forth.  Take good care!

Kathy Beasley, BSBM, MAOM

Director of MCC Communications, Justice & Evangelism

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Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) Partners with the U.S. Census Bureau to Support the 2010 Census  


As part of our commitment to social justice, beloved community, radical inclusion and spiritual transformation, MCC is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau and Our Families Count to spread the word about the importance of the 2010 Census to our U.S.-based churches and local communities.  


When examined from a global perspective, census in any country impacts the world. Almost every nation conducts some sort of census or accounting of residents on a regular basis.  To date, the United States Census has never taken into account Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities by including married or coupled LGBT people in our households.  2010 marks the end of this incongruity in the census of United States residents!

Click here to read the MCC Moderator’s statement.

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 Pastors Note – 2010 Easter Offering

Has your church signed up to be a 2010 Pacesetter Church by collecting an Easter Offering? 

Click here to read the MCC Moderator’s Invitation to participate 

If not, it is not too late, just click here to sign up!

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Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches

Calls for Vigilant Prayer

in the Aftermath of Chilean Earthquake



In the early morning hours of Saturday, February 27th, the people of Chile suffered what experts are saying was the 5th largest earthquake the world has known since 1900.  It comes just a month after the devastation in Haiti, and was followed by an earthquake of smaller magnitude in Argentina, which took the life of an 8-year-old boy.


I am in contact with The Rev. Hector Gutierrez, our program coordinator for South America.  Though little information is available at this time, we know that at least 300 people in the areas surrounding the epicenter of the earthquake have died and that as many as 1.5 million have been left homeless.  At least two dozen aftershocks of significant force have been reported.


Click here to read the entire statement.

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