Review Team Report Regarding the Nomination Process for MCC Moderator

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23 March 2016

Dear Lay and Clergy Delegates to General Conference, and MCC Friends:

This past week, we received the report from the Review Team authorized by our Governing Board to review our Moderator Nominating Committee (MNC) process. During that time, we postponed the MNC Moderator candidates’ webinar.

On Friday of last week, the Governing Board voted, by majority, not unanimously, to accept the recommendations of the Review Team, and to resume the MNC process. Some of the recommendations are short term, and some are longer term recommendations that will eventually require by-laws changes to our process, should we move forward with them.

In the spirit of transparency, we are releasing the entire report.

Again, we are grateful for the service of the MNC, and for our review team, Dan Hotchkiss, a board consultant and author of Governance, and Phil Griffin, a lay leader in MCC, with a background in governance and conflict issues.

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Nancy Wilson
Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches

Sarah-Jane Ramage
Vice Chair, Governing Board, Metropolitan Community Churches

Click Here to Read the Review Team Report


The Review Team

Dan Hotchkiss
has consulted with hundreds of congregations and denominational bodies in more than 30 denominational groups. A Unitarian Universalist minister, Dan is the author of Governance and Ministry (now in its second edition) and Ministry and Money, both published by Rowman & Littlefield under its Alban Books imprint.

Phil Griffin
is a graduate of the L.E.A.D program and currently a L.E.A.D. Co-Coordinator in the OFLD. He has been a member of MCC for more than 25 years and served in a variety of roles within MCC churches. He is also a Certified Change Cycle facilitator who has assisted several churches in pastoral transitions and board struggles. Professionally, he is an upper manager in state government (Public Health) and frequently serves as the Hearing Officer for Administrative Regulations promulgation, which results in conflict resolution on things such as abortion regulations.