MCC Governing Board November Meeting Update:
In Patrick Gray’s Book, “Feasting on the Word”, we are told that the word “blessing” is translated from
the Hebrew “ashar” and is best understood as “You are on the right road.” Therefore friends, you are wished Ashar, and that, as you are on the right road, you may be a blessing to all whom you encounter.
On November 3rd, the Governing Board meeting was opened in prayer by Rev. Elder Tony Freeman with additional prayers offered for the elections unfolding in the United States. Many nations celebrate a time of thanksgiving for the harvest; the United States holds it in particularly high esteem. Some see it as an important time to spend with family. We wish all in the USA blessed Thanksgiving celebrations.
November 20th, Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember all those who have lost their lives to anti-trans* violence, and we commit to working in partnership to end this violence.
December 1st is World AIDS Day. The theme for the 2020 observance is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact” (“Erradicar la epidemia del VIH/SIDA: Resiliencia e Impacto”). It is so important that we continue to work for a vaccine and cure. Educating and supporting those living with HIV/AIDS remains a priority.
After the opening prayer, we moved into our consent agenda items. These are items which are on every agenda and we receive the reports prior to the meeting. This includes the previous meeting minutes and the Moderator’s report.
COVID -19 continues to be on the increase around the world, and we continue to urge our churches to be cautious and keep their communities safe. We want to emphasize the valuing of people’s lives as our highest priority. Be cautious and safe! Wear masks and respect social distancing guidelines.
We reviewed the financial reports and have begun to consider priorities for the upcoming year’s budget. The finance team continues to work on guidelines for investment for the denomination’s endowment fund. (Please see the Financial Snapshots below. These are also available on the website at: https://www.mccchurch.org/how-we-work/finances/)
The MCC Staff, Governing Board, Council of Elders and the Commission on Pathways to Healing attended a virtual anti-racism training with the Washington Consulting Group. This is one step, of many, to gain insight and understanding of racism within our world and within MCC.
The Governing Board passed a motion to establish a working group to ensure that MCC’s commitment to same gender marriage is enshrined in our Guiding Documents.
Dream Sessions have begun to gather your hopes and dreams for General Conferences. We hope you signed up for one of the available times.
The Moderator has posted an application process for those who would be interested in serving on the Council of Elders. The time frame for the appointments to serve will be from February 2021- Dec. 31, 2023. Only applications from the person applying will be accepted. Please do not apply on behalf of someone else.
We continue to be filled with gratitude for our staff and acknowledge what an unusual year this has been for people who are in the first year of the new denominational structure. They are remarkably adept at adapting to the changes/challenges brought about by eight months of COVID. You are amazing. Keep up the good work. We pray for you always.
Recently, a new visitor-based website was introduced to MCC. The fruit of a year of intense work, this website’s purpose is not for those who already know MCC, but for those who are searching for what MCC offers. Its primary purpose is to market MCC (and foremost, local congregations) to the people most in need of MCC’s unique message of inclusive love and hope. It also represents one of our best efforts to be global and multilingual from the start. We encourage you to take some time to explore the site: https://visitmccchurch.com/
Thank you to all of you who are the heart of our MCC.
May our blessings surround you.
Respectfully Submitted By,
Rev. Elder Diane Fisher, Clerk of the Governing Board
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator
Mark Godette, Vice Chair
Chad Hobbs, Treasurer
Rev. Alberto Nájera
Rev. Paul Whiting
Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey
All Approved Meeting Reports can be found here: https://www.mccchurch.org/governing-board/meetings/monthly-reports/
(Updated: 6 November 2020)
(Updated: 6 November 2020)