MCC Headline News – September 28

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Tearing Down Walls. Building Up Hope.


Governing Board Appointment Announcement
MCC’s Governing Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Kareem Murphy to the Governing Board. Kareem will serve a two-year term until the 2013 General Conference XXV in Chicago, Illinois (USA). At such time, the General Conference will elect a Lay Person to complete the remaining three years on this unexpired term, ending at 2016 General Conference XXVI.

Kareem Murphy

Please visit our MCC Governing Board webpage to read a short bio of Kareem Murphy. We thank all applicants who inquired and/or submitted an application for consideration to this appointed position. Kareem will join us for our next scheduled MCC Governing Board meeting on October 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm (EDT).
Please join us in welcoming Kareem Murphy!


Office of Formation and Leadership Development Announces Associate Director

Rev. Dr. Mona West states, “I had the privilege to work alongside Kharma as a volunteer when we implemented the new credentialling system with the REVM program. More recently in my current role as the Director of the OFLD, I have called on her numerous times to serve on ordination interview teams and advisory boards. I know her to be a person of great integrity, and she has a passion for leadership development–especially clergy development–in MCC.  I am excited about the ways her creativity and professionalism, as well as her training and experience, will shape the future of the OFLD and MCC. It’s going to be a joy (and a lot of fun!) to have her as a team member!”


Kharma holds the Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary, where she is currently on the Board of Trustees.  She completed her Doctor of Ministry degree at Episcopal Divinity School, writing a thesis titled, Queering Church: Integrating Queer Theology in Congregational Life in Metropolitan Community Churches.  She is currently the chair of MCC’s Theologies Team and was accepted as a participant into the inaugural Moderator’s Leadership Mentoring Retreat in January 2010.  From 2003-2005, she participated in the First Parish Project, funded by the Lilly Endowment, for the purpose of supporting young clergy as they transition from seminary to serving their first parish as solo or senior pastors.


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The Office of Formation and Leadership Development is grateful to the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation for a generous grant to fund this position.

Rev. Dr. Mona West Introduces the Office of Formation and Leadership Development
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The Office of Formation and Leadership Development was formerly known as Clergy Development. The change in the name represents the larger vision that MCC has for leadership development in our
denomination. As our name states, we believe that leadership has a formative component to it, which includes not only education, but spiritual development and community. Clergy development, including working with seminary students, conducting the REVM (Readiness for Vocational Ministry Retreat) and issuing licenses to practice for currently active clergy is still at the heart of what the Office of Formation and Leadership Development does. We have also expanded our work to include the development and launch of a leadership training program for MCC laity called L.E.A.D. (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship).

In addition, we have partnered with the Moderator’s Office to develop Leadership Mentoring Retreats and with the Office of Church Life and Health to create the next level of church summits in the areas of programming and worship.

The OFLD functions globally through faculty teams and volunteer coordinators who assist in creating and implementing leadership development protocols that are indigenous to each country where there is an MCC presence. The current paid staff for this office are Rev. Dr. Mona West, Director, Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos, Associate Director, and Ritchie Crownfield, Executive Assistant.

Theologies Team Invites You to Participate in Survey


Since our first meeting in December 2007, we have been working on a number of projects that support our vision of equipping everyone in MCC to be both reflective and practical theologians.

Descriptive Theologies Project

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Descriptive Theologies project, designed with three goals in mind:

1.     To provide an accurate picture of practices “on the ground” in our churches around the world;

2.     To facilitate our understanding of who we are as a denomination/movement; and,

3.     To help us identify areas where the MCC Theologies Team may assist our churches.

Friend? Member? Clergy? Board Member? Elder?
We want to hear from you!

Our goal is to survey as widely as possible, soliciting responses from every individual associated with MCC in any way. Our short questionnaire has three sections for you to describe your experiences around baptism, to tell us what you were taught, and to tell us about your current beliefs around this important topic.

Continuing on work begun at the 2007 General Conference in Phoenix and the Holy Conversations congregational resource, we’ve designed our first surveys around the Sacrament of Baptism. Visit the survey page, and choose the Baptism survey for individuals.


The password for the survey is Baptism2011.

It is case sensitive, so make sure to use a capital B and lowercase letters for the rest.

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Governing Board Appointment Announcement
OFLD Announces New Associate Director
Rev. Dr. Mona West Introduces the OFLD
Theologies Team Survey
Correction from Previous Issue
U.S. Board of Pension Applications Due
Clergy Retreat Update
2012 Women’s Conference
Upcoming Events

Correction from Previous Issue

Oops! We inadvertently misspelled one of the L.E.A.D. candidate’s names. Here is the correction: Ken Keate, All God’s Children MCC, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


U. S. Board of Pensions Applications Due:
5 October 2011

Please see the previous issue of Headline News for the full description of this opening. Hear are the basics for applying:


We have 1 (one) non-clergy opening on our National Board, which carries a four-year term. Investment knowledge, marketing, communication and/or technological skills would perfectly complement our Board make up.


Our deadline to receive resumes/references is 5 October 2011. Please send to Devon Avery, President, UFMCC BOP: .


Clergy Retreat Update


Clergy Retreat 2011

Thirty clergy from places as far away as Hawaii and Canada gathered at Delray Beach, Florida (USA), on 12-14 September for a clergy retreat. There was opportunity for people to network and connect
as well as to enter into silent reflection and renewal. We also had some great intellectual stimulation from our plenary speaker, Diana Butler Bass. She shared material from her new book Christianity After
Religion, which included statistics about the ways in which Christianity as we have known it is changing – shifting to what she and others are calling ‘the age of the Spirit’ with a focus on personal experience as the primary source of religious authority. Based on the feedback, the OFLD will begin offering clergy
retreats on a yearly basis at a variety of locations. We hope to see you at the next one!

The OFLD is grateful to MCC Austin for providing a $1000 (USD) grant that allowed four MCC Clergy to attend the retreat. We also want to say thanks to Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin and the Sunshine Cathedral for their assistance with the retreat.


2012 Women’s Conference

Women's Conference 2012
The Holy Trust Conference:

Together in the Struggle for Justice

2-5 February 2012

Sarasota, Florida

Church of the Trinity MCC (Sarasota, Florida), in partnership with

Metropolitan Community Churches and The Fellowship, presents The Holy Trust Conference. The focus is women empowering women to assume leadership roles in their communities by developing the trusting relationships essential to achieving social justice. This conference is open to women, transwomen and those who identify themselves as women who are
interested in improving their leadership skills and connecting with others in the common pursuit for social justice.


Clergywomen are eligible to receive continuing education units. This
conference is intentionally designed for all women, both clergy and lay


Keynote speakers are Rev. Dr. Elder Nancy Wilson and Bishop Yvette Flunder. Early registration deadline: 1 November 2011. For more information and to register, click here.

Upcoming MCC Events 

Church Summit

11-12 November

Worship Summit

Registration Deadline:

18 October


Young Adult Leadership Mentoring Retreat 2011
28-31 October

Young Adult Leadership Mentoring Retreat


A list of future MCC events will be available soon.