MCC Headline News – September Vol. 1

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25-29 October 2010

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From The Desk of The Moderator

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Barb Crabtree as Director of Operations for MCC.  Over the past year, Barb has served in this role as Interim Director of Operations, and we are now making it official.

Barb CrabtreeBarb Crabtree is a professional, highly competent in all the areas we need her to be. On top of that, she is a great person to work with – a team player, always willing to do what it takes to get the job done.  She is passionate about Metropolitan Community Churches, and for the need for excellent administration that undergirds excellence in doing justice, in growing churches and to support our movement globally. I attribute the tremendous success of our recent Conference, in part, to her leadership of our staff. She impressed our new Governing Board with her frank, transparent and positive presentation on our finances and staff.  I am delighted to welcome Barb in a regular, full-time Senior Leadership position with MCC!

Please join me in congratulating Barb, and please hold her in your hearts and prayers.

Grace and Peace,
+ Nancy
Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson
Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches


Rev. Dr. Mona West and Irma Bauer-Levesque are very pleased to announce that MCC has recently made awards to three pastors who have recently completed seminary and begun their ministry at one of our smaller churches.  The program was designed to enable pastors to accept calls to small churches, less encumbered by educational debt. When talking about the program, Dr. West says, “We realize that preparation and training for ordained ministry is costly and often requires great sacrifice.  We know, too, that smaller churches face a unique challenge in calling and being able to pay a seminary trained pastor.  MCC remains committed to finding tangible ways to ensure the success of our churches and pastors.”

This program was made possible by a grant from the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.  Irma Bauer-Levesque worked closely with MCC’s Senior Leadership Team to define the needs and write the successful grant application.   Based on the initial success of this program, Irma expects to submit another grant proposal to provide additional funding.  This proposal, if approved by the Carpenter Foundation, will provide funds for distribution in 2011.

Please join us in congratulating our recipients and praying for continued blessings on their ministry:

Rev. Marilyn Bowen, Pastor, MCC New Haven, New Haven, CT

Rev. Brad Rice, Pastor, The Rock MCC, Chattanooga, TN

Rev. Brian Hutchinson, Pastor, New Covenant MCC, Laurel, MD

MCC: Tolerance & Faith — Proposed Mosque,

New York City and the Globe
The Global Justice Team of Metropolitan Community Churches will present a webinar entitled MCC: Tolerance & Faith —Proposed Mosque, New York City and the Globe on Friday, September 10 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM (ET).

The purpose of the webinar will be to facilitate a healthy conversation from an ethical, theological and pastoral perspective. One goal of this conversation will be to enhance understanding of the significance of the proposed mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center in New York City as we near the upcoming 9/11/01 Day of Remembrance.

Our facilitator for this holy conversation will be the Rev. Gayle Davis, who is a lawyer and former prosecuting attorney in New York City. Rev. Davis is now a clergy person with Metropolitan Community Churches and is pursuing her doctorate in ethics under Dr. Traci C. West, Professor of Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School, Madison, New Jersey.

As we near the tenth anniversary of September 11th, Rev. Davis will use a Christian social ethical analysis to raise questions on the New York City mosque controversy:  What does it mean to build and live in the beloved community?  What are the ethical perspectives that should guide responses by Christian and civil communities to the mosque controversy?  Do death and destruction ipso facto make a community sacred or does sacredness begin in our response to such tragic events?

We invite you to join this conversation on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM (ET) by clicking the link below. Rev. Davis will address those attending for 30 minutes.  Her presentation will be followed by a Question & Answer period.

We invite you to join this webinar using one of these two methods:

1.  For computers users with audio please click MCC Global Justice: Tolerance & Faith and enter your name only.

2.  For individuals without computer audio or computes please call the conference line at 1.218.486.1600 and enter ID# 778024 to join the call to listen only.


This webinar has been organized by The Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Chair of the Moderator’s Global Justice Ministry,

Metropolitan Community Churches, and The Rev.  Dr. Robert Griffin at the Sunshine Cathedral, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Member of the Moderator’s Public Policy Team, Metropolitan Community Churches.

For more information about the webinar, please contact Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin at [email protected].