It’s core to who we are.
MCC began with spiritual transformation. Spirit moved on the heart of Troy Perry such that he could no longer be silent. He proclaimed to the LGBT community the transformative truth, God loves you! You. God loves the authentic you. Rev. Elder Freda Smith used to say that MCC was ushering in the Second Reformation that would change Christianity itself.
Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson would tell you that she has seen the ecumenical movement make major changes since MCC first came on the scene. While mainline churches still have work to do to be truly welcoming and affirming, many have now embraced the message MCC proclaims that God does not condemn queer and trans* people, rather God loves us just as we are and just as we are becoming. Troy used to say, “Jesus died for my sin not my sexuality!”
The work of Spiritual Transformation has dealt with seeing ourselves as beloved in the eyes of God, seeing others as God sees them, working for justice because that is the work of love, and following in the path of Jesus to serve and include those in the margins. Since our inception, we have not only claimed a space at the table, but sought to make space at the table. Our spiritual work leads us to notice who is absent and extend the invitation of love and inclusion. Our Statement of Faith invites people to “come and taste.”
Rev. Lauren Bennett, MCC staff member and General Conference Co-coordinator wrote these words in honor of Rev. Perry’s birthday. “ Over and over again, Troy has invited us all into considering how the Spirit is at work in every big and small decision. He has taught me that it is our job to make room at the table for those pushed out. He has taught me that we need to preserve our own history because the masses will not preserve the history of the marginalized. He has taught me how to combine spiritual practice to prophetic witness in fasting, vesting, and the care of words.”
The work of Spiritual Transformation continues. We say that we are “transforming ourselves as we transform the world.” What will that look like in the near future? What will that look like longer term?
Racial justice is spiritual work. It is personal, collective, political and systemic work. It is theologically grounded in a belief that all people are made in the image and likeness of God and that no part of the Body of Christ is superior or more important than any other part of the Body of Christ.
For their birthdays, Rev. Elder Troy Perry and Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson asked that we give, that we invest in MCC for ongoing spiritual transformation through the establishment of an Endowment Fund and the work of racial justice.
Troy and Nancy believe in our future.
Rev. Elder Troy Perry
Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson
Give in Gratitude for Troy and Nancy
Give for our Tomorrows
I gave because . . .
“In this moment of birthday celebrations, we wanted to offer our gratitude and thanksgiving, because our lives, along with countless others around the world, have been changed by the ministries, mission and movement that is MCC and the audacity and witness of Troy Perry and Nancy Wilson to ‘Live out Loud’ so that others can simply live!”
Yours for the journey,
David Wilson & George Floyd
“Hello, the reason I gave was because I believe in MCC, I believe our denomination has a great deal of work still to do in supporting LGBTQI communities around the world.”
“Rev. Elder Perry and Rev. Elder Wilson started and led an organization that changed my life by helping me KNOW that God made me and loves me just as I am. I would not be who I am today without MCC and so it is my honor to wish them both happy birthday in this meaningful manner … I couldn’t do it fast enough when I saw the request.”
“Happy Birthday Troy and Nancy! Thank you for your lifelong dedication to building the mission and ministry of MCC. So many have been encouraged and inspired by you and the fruit of your efforts. We encourage all who are able to give to support the continued building of this incredible legacy.”
Tracey Kennedy and Rev. Dr. Stephanie Burns
A MCC Tampa Family
LOVING YOUR SUPPORT
Thank you for your expressions of love and support.