Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos leaves MCC Staff for new pastoral position

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Thank you and Blessings to
Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos
as she leaves the MCC staff.

Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos

It is with mixed feelings of loss and celebration that we inform you that Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos is leaving the MCC Staff. We are sad to lose her leadership on the staff yet we celebrate with her the new opportunities that she is embracing.

In her letter of resignation to MCC, Kharma said: “I want you to know that it has been the honor of my life to work for MCC’s Denominational Staff. The 10+ years that I have spent on staff in various roles have been among the most enjoyable, challenging, and rewarding of my career.” Kharma will remain on staff until the Global General Conference Transformational Weekend in July.

Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston says, “Kharma has served at the denominational level with passion, commitment and great energy. She truly lives out MCC’s calling to justice, inclusion, community and spiritual transformation. During her time on staff, she has connected globally in many ways with church leaders, congregations, and those in discernment. I am sure that there are many individuals who have a pivotal conversation with Kharma as part of their call story.

“Kharma has been a great source of wisdom, encouragement, and humour on the Senior Leadership team. As the new Moderator, I have really appreciated Kharma’s depth of knowledge about MCC and her ability to offer different perspectives on a situation. She has been instrumental in helping MCC to become financially stable, through her work with our supporters in the Partners in Hope, and in the establishment of the MCC’s first ever Endowment Fund. Additionally, Kharma has guided her staff colleagues on the Resource Development Team. Kharma has overseen several significant projects including the development of the visitor website (https://visitmccchurch.com/), a redesign of the current UFMCC website, the production of an Annual Report highlighting the work of the denomination over the year, and then most recently, initiating the campaign to support LGBTQI people in Ukraine.”

Rev. Dr. Kharma AmosKharma has been involved in MCC for more than half her life. She entered MCC as a teenager, was ordained in MCC in 2002, and received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Episcopal Divinity School in 2008. Her topic was “Queering Church: Integrating Queer Theology in the life of Metropolitan Community Churches.”

Her first foray into denominational involvement was as MCC’s representative to the US National Council of Churches Young Adult Ministry Team. Once ordained, she served as the Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia for 9 years before joining MCC staff. Throughout those 9 years, she volunteered with MCC in many ways including serving on the faculty of the MCC Intensives in the Practice of Ministry, and on the team that helped in the revision of MCC’s Clergy Code of Conduct and major Clergy Manual Revision in 2007. Kharma has served on the Faculty of the Readiness for Entering Vocational Ministry (REVM) Retreat since its inception in 2008.

Kharma joined the staff of MCC in November, 2011 as the Associate Director of Formation and Leadership Development. In that capacity, she worked in partnership with the Founding Director, Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West, to assist clergy in MCC throughout the arc of their careers (from discernment of call, through placement, years of service, and retirement). She coordinated the REVM program and guided the ordination process for many years. Kharma co-wrote several successful grants for MCC including the Pastoral Excellence Network grant that established several MCC Communities of Practice, and the Lilly Endowment Thriving in Ministry grant (MCC’s largest ever) to support Pastors through a robust mentoring program, in addition to other educational opportunities. One of her greatest joys has been to support the discernment and formation process of our pastors, chaplains, and community ministers.

In 2019, Kharma transitioned to the role of Team Lead for Resource Development where she led our newly restructured staff team responsible for Finance, Communications, IT, and overall administration. As a member of MCC’s Senior Leadership Team, she was personally responsible for our Financial Development efforts working with the Moderator, other staff and volunteers on the Development Advisory Team.

While working full-time for MCC, since 2019 Kharma also served as the half-time Minister of the Unitarian Universalists of Central Delaware. She gained Plural Standing with the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2020. Kharma has long held a passion for interfaith cooperation and collaborative global justice actions, and experiences this new phase of her ministry as an extension of her efforts to expand MCC’s relationships with other liberal communities of faith who share the same values.

In her letter she wrote, “I also want to assure you that my commitment to MCC – our core values and vision, as well as our churches and leaders – has not waned. I plan to maintain my MCC clergy license and to be involved in MCC to the extent that opportunities and my new position permit. I remain one of the strongest believers in MCC’s unique ministry, and I plan to fully share the MCC character of my ministry in ever widening circles.”

“Kharma will be missed on the MCC staff, yet I am excited to see what her new position will offer her and others,” said Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston. “I know that she will be a blessing to her new congregation and community.“

Kharma and DianeKharma is married to the Rev. Elder Diane Fisher, the current Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Rehoboth Beach. They have made their home for the past five years in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (USA) with three wise cats and an extraordinarily spoiled dog. They will be relocating to Brunswick, Maine.

Notes of appreciation may be sent to [email protected].