This Week’s Opportunities from MCC and our Partners, plus other helpful Resources, and Webinar Replays

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Tim SeeligChoirs, Congregational Singing and COVID-19

Take 15 minutes to watch this video interview with Dr. Tim Seelig, Artistic Director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. It will address some questions about congregational singing, choirs and returning to in-person worship gatherings. It will give you things to think about.

Church in these Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous TimesChurch in These VUCA Times

This is a short video (4 minutes) from our Unitarian Universalist friends about doing Church in these Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous Times. It provides an excellent framework that may be helpful to your planning. In fact, you might want to watch it more than once!


Cinco de Mayo

“This Cinco de Mayo, the famous words of Juárez ring true as never before: Entre los invididuos, como entre las naciones, el respecto al derecho ajeno es la paz, which means between individuals, as between nations, respect for the rights of others means peace.”
John Morán González

Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico. It is observed by Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and people of Mexican heritage. It celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Celebrations include parades, food, and folkloric dancing. To our churches in Mexico and to all those of Mexican heritage, Feliz Cinco de Mayo!


Making Sure Your Virtual Church Meeting is Legally Valid

Church Law and Tax Webinar (USA) – May 5 – 12 noon EDT / UTC-04

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, and the corresponding “stay-at-home” directives issued by most states, has put churches of all sizes and settings in a difficult position when it comes to worship services—as well as the convening of board and membership meetings.

In this free, one-hour webinar with attorney and business meeting expert Sarah E. Merkle, pastors, board chairs, and board members will get expert, step-by-step guidance regarding how to conduct virtual church business meetings that are legally valid, protecting and preserving any votes or decisions ultimately made.


9pm GMT / 5pm EDT

Join the Community Development Team for virtual tea, coffee, and conversation for another month! We will have some special guests join us this month too, so look out for more information.

Weekly, this will be a time of building hope, cultivating joy, connecting with one another, and with God. Led by Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez and Revs. Cathy Alexander, Lauren Bennett & Wanda Floyd, and, our newest team member, Rebecca Wilson!

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 248 584 328

 Dr. Marcia McFee – May 5th

8pm EDT / UTC-04

Dr. Marcia McFee will be Sanctuary Online’s first guest – and will speak directly to you about how to “re-kindle” your emotional and spiritual energy and inspiration as you preach to an empty sanctuary or into a lifeless camera lens!

Planning week-to-week worship was exhausting before Covid-19 put restrictions on us, now, it takes even more of your personal energy and creativity to convey an inspirational message and worship experience through the blessing, and the frustration, of technology!

Marcia is the creator and visionary of Worship Design Studios, and has a has a wealth of experience creating meaningful and sensory rich worship services. Join us Tuesday evening as she offers great ideas not only on some functional ways to inject “even more” into your online worship… but also how to fill your own emotional, creative, and inspirational cup … before you walk into one more quiet sanctuary or look into one more camera lens.

Sanctuary Online is the new outreach of Sanctuary in the Woods, an MCC Oasis ministry.



Caring for One AnotherWHO: Anyone who provides care and support, particularly providing care for those feeling the effects of compounded grief, loss, fear.
WHAT: A panel of people will urge attendees to consider the care they are currently giving and receiving even as we look ahead in this ever changing pandemic environment. We will consider the impact of compound grief as well as the anxiety and stress of the unknown before us. Practical approaches to ongoing virtual care and connection will also be shared.
The panel will include Dr. Carla Sherrell, Chaplain Rev. Maxwell Reay, Rev. Elder Diane Fisher and possibly more.
5pm EDT / UTC-04


The Council of Elders meets today. Please pray for our Elders and their work worldwide for MCC.

Pray with Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston

Join Moderator, Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston for prayer every Thursday at 9pm GMT, 5pm EDT

Bring your joys, concerns, laments, and celebrations to Rev. Cecilia and one another. Meet us on Cecilia’s Facebook every Thursday at 9PM GMT (5PM EDT/ BST 10PM) @Cecilia.Eggleston.50


NOON Your Time – PRAY for Pastors, Pastoral Leaders, Boards, Lay Leaders and all MCC Chaplains.

Let us take time to pray for all those in spiritual leadership during these challenging times. Pray for those doing their best to offer virtual worship and various modes of congregational connection. Pray for those offering pastoral and congregational care to those in need. Pray for those offering spiritual support to healthcare workers, patients, and families. Pray for the safety of all those offering food ministries. Pray for the Boards who are dealing with church finances, church property and administrative implications of COVID-19.


Spiritual Nourishment with Elder Nancy Maxwell

Please join the Council of Elders for the 2nd Facebook Live broadcast of “Spiritual Nourishment”. Elder Nancy Maxwell will explore the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina, as well as take prayer requests to the Council. Lectio Divina is the practice of taking a Bible passage and 1) reading it, 2) meditating on it, 3) praying/speaking about it and finally 4) contemplating the passage. We will be using the passage from the Psalms assigned for Saturday, May 9: Psalm 31:1-5.
4pm Central / UTC-05 on “MCC Council of Elders” Facebook Page


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Links to Articles, Webinars and Resources

These links connect you to resources or webinars by ministry related companies. The listing here does not imply an endorsement nor does it imply that they are LGBTQ+ friendly. Nonetheless, these are resources some MCC’s have found helpful.


  • RETURN TO CHURCH? In case you missed our webinar with 3 doctors discussing the concerns about gathering for in-person worship, here is the replay:
  • FINANCIAL SUPPORT WEBINAR Did you miss this awesome webinar with guest Tom Melzoni from Horizon Stewardship? Here’s the link to the replay. Share it with your Treasurer and the rest of the Board.
    Watch on YouTube:
    Watch on Vimeo:
  • THE CHURCH’S RESPONSE TO CRISIS, Parts 1, 2, 3, & 4
    Watch on YouTube:


Please share with your Treasurer and Clerk of the Board
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