Synergy! – July 2010

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Metropolitan Community Churches

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.


Synergy! “The effect that is created by the combined

cooperative efforts of a willing community.”

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Deadline for submission is 1 August 2010.

Click here to view the protocol for submission.

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,

I know we are still riding high after the wonderful General Conference we just had in Acapulco, but I wanted to make sure that we took the time to recognize all those who have recently graduated with

Rev. Dr. Mona West
Mona West

theology and ministry degrees in MCC!  In this issue of Synergy! you will find a listing of folks who have completed degrees and received awards from many of our partner seminaries as well as the names of those recently approved for ordination.  Be sure and congratulate them!

We also want to take this opportunity to remind you of some important deadlines from the Office of Formation and Leadership Development.  The deadline for applications for funds from the Carpenter Grant is 1 August 2010.  Click here to find out more information about the grant and download the application.  Our next REVM program is 29 October – 2 November 2010 and the deadline for In Care applications to register for this REVM is 1 September 2010.

Click here to download the application and information about the psychological testing that must be completed.

Lastly, there are still some great educational opportunities available this summer.  Check out the course offerings in this issue from Pacific School of Religion.

Blessings to all as we continue this leadership journey together!


Rev. Mona West, Ph.D

Director of Formation and Leadership Development

Metropolitan Community Churches


Metropolitan Community Church’s Office of Formation and Leadership Development would like to congratulate our many recent graduates who have reached their educational and personal  goals. Please offer them your prayers and thoughts of support as they embrace on the newest part of their journey.

Doctor of Philosophy

Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

Doctor of Ministry

Rev. Dr. Pat Bumgardner from Episcopal Divinity School

Rev. Dr. Renee Dubose from Episcopal Divinity School

Rev. Dr. Axel Schwaigert from Episcopal Divinity School

Rev. Dr. Lea Brown from Episcopal Divinity School

Rev. Dr. Robyn Provis from Episcopal Divinity School

Rev. Dr. Joe McMurray from Episcopal Divinity School

Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin from Florida Center for Theological Studies

Rev. Dr. Neal Thomas from San Francisco Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Pat Langlois from Wisdom University

Rev Dr Wayne  Shwandt from Wisdom University

Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Connie Meadows from Episcopal Divinity School

Master of Divinity

John McLaughlin from Lancaster Theological Seminary

Zoe Jeffery from Lancaster Theological Seminary

Andrea Ferguson from Lancaster Theological Seminary and she also received an Academic Award with a gift certificate for further study.

Victor Floyd from Pacific School of Religion

Rebecca Anderson from Pacific School of Religion

Brian Hutchison from Pacific School of Religion

Todd Kauffman from Pacific School of Religion and Starr King

Brad Rice from Claremont School of Theology

David Zier from Earlham School of Religion

Melanie Martinez from Perkins School of Theology, SMU

Shirley Strader-Dasher from Florida Center for Theological Studies

Adrain Bowie from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology


Lancaster Theological Seminary

Guy and Emma Moyer Award – Andrea Ferguson-New Light MCC, Hagerstown, MD

Jacob Y. Dietz Prize – Johnna Faber-New Light MCC, Hagerstown, MD

Chalice Press Book Award – Jocelyn McKeon—MCC Baltimore

Episcopal Divinity School

Kathy Beasley of Joy MCC, Orlando, FL was awarded the William H. Lincoln Prize Excellence in Reading… awarded to a member of the second year class for excellence in public speaking.

Rev. Dr. Lea Brown won the J. Norman Hall Prize at Episcopal Divinity School…awarded to a member of the graduating class recognized as outstanding in Peace and Justice work.

Recently approved for Ordination with Metropolitan Community Churches

Brad Rice

Brian Hutchison

Stedney Phillips

Victor Floyd

Wilkin Lara

Rebecca Anderson

Eliana Vilela

Melanie Martinez

Melissa Smithee

Alycia Erickson

Summer Learning Opportunities

Pacific School of Religion’s Certificate of Sexuality and Religion, offered in collaboration with PSR’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS), has a few great classes coming up this summer, all on the Berkeley campus:

Mujerista Theology (A. Vargas) – August 2-6

for more information

Bishop John Shelby Spong will be teaching a week-long course (Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell – July 26-30) and receiving a CLGS “Leading Voice” award.