Dear MCC Friends
I will be returning from sabbatical on 1 December, and while I’ve been away, I’ve spent time in prayer about the future of Metropolitan Community Churches. Like you, I have a yearning for connection, spiritual renewal, justice, hope, and peace.
This year, I am giving an extra gift to MCC — to the Movement — to which I have devoted more than 42 years — really, all my adult life — because of YOU!
I have come to know you over these years. Many of you span the decades and are the backbone of MCC. Your giving made it all possible. Of course, newcomers to MCC are one of my great joys. I love to see you eagerly learning about our history and our accomplishments today. Your gifts — small and large — are the future of MCC. Then, my “not very churchy” friends, both in and out of MCC, you partner with MCC for social change because that is what we do. It’s who we are! Your giving is a sign of hope. Finally, I cherish all of you members of other denominations who count on MCC to be there when and if you need us. Your giving helps all of us press on toward our common goals.
Regardless of where you see yourself, I see you. WE see you and invite you to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in this season of hope by making a special gift to the global work of Metropolitan Community Churches.
- Your giving raises up new MCC churches and ministries in places in the United States and in countries that have longed for a community they can call their own, experiencing radical inclusion! Let’s “be MCC” in new places! MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
- Your giving reaches the Hispanic community in North America, the fastest-growing demographic where “la familia” is growing in acceptance of their LGBTQ loved ones. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
- Your giving helps our Global Justice Institute to provide “safe houses” in places like Nigeria and Kenya for those who are persecuted and threatened just for being who they are in a hostile place. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
- Your giving helps us challenge those who, tragically, export hate in the name of Jesus. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
- Your giving helps us achieve marriage equality for everyone. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
- Your giving shares the life-giving, history-changing message of God’s love through the Internet in places where only our digital message can reach people. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Our unique, amazing voice of faith is so essential today. Help strengthen that voice, that message, our ability to reach out in love with justice.
The stories below have been provided by the directors of the Senior Leadership Team and their staff. Through their travel to countries across the globe, this team works with people in their local countries and cities and offers educational opportunities and meaningful connections.
Let your heart be moved by the work yet to be done, and prayerfully consider an additional year-end gift to the denomination and movement that is MCC.
May you be blessed during this holiday season, and may MCC continue to be the radical witness of God’s love for everyone.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
Global Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches
Expanding MCC’s Global Reach
The Office of Emerging Ministries continues to work with individuals and groups around the globe that want to explore a new church start or an emerging ministry.
Letters from Cuba
“Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy…” Luke 24: 50-52
MCC San Lucas has a strong commitment to spread the good news all around the province of Ciego de Avila. Overcoming many drawbacks, they reinitiated their outreach activities during September and traveled to the following municipalities: Venezuela y Júcaro, Cirio Redondo Pina y Majagua.
The municipality of Venezuela is located about 14 kilometers from the city where MCC San Lucas is based. Nearly 200 brochures about MCC were distributed and three services were offered. Services were also provided in Ciro Redondo and Majagua, located about 14 kilometers east of the province.
The congregation of MCC San Lucas later visited the town of Júcaro, where they met with a group of young people in the city park and shared the good news of MCC. However, despite the desire to do more, the distance of over 25 kilometers from the church prevented the opportunity for frequent visits. The dream is to increase the number of services beyond their congregation.
At one of the events, MCC San Lucas held an outdoor movie night. They showed a Cuban documentary called Perras! (Bitches), which is a drama about the lives of transsexuals in Havana. Movie night ended with a discussion and coffee.
On two Saturdays of the month, friends and members of MCC San Lucas meet at a nightclub in the LGBT community and carry MCC’s words of good news. Their ministry is particularly focused on young people who attend the club. During the month of September, they held five services with an attendance of 64 people, and in October, had five services with an attendance of 54 people.
In Cuba the status of LGBT people has greatly improved. It’s important to note that this year the government sponsored a national campaign against homophobia. The big problem continues to be the attitude of many people, especially religious groups, that deny LGBT people access to their communities. Religious conservatism is even more severe in the countryside.
MCC San Lucas and their pastor Abel Jimenez understand the local situation and travel throughout the province to heal and bring the good news of the inclusive love of God. The author of the gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts proclaim a message that stands beyond cultural boundaries in the same way MCC San Lucas proclaims a God that embraces; a God for everybody.