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The Latest! – October 2009

October 29, 2009
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Tearing Down Walls. Building Up Hope.
See You in Acapulco!
Applications are being accepted for the MCC Leadership Mentoring Retreat (Click here to apply)

All applications are due by 9 November 2009

Strategic Plan Survey
If you have already completed the Strategic Pan Survey, THANK YOU! If not, there is still time. Click here to complete the survey.
Coming Soon!
Please be on the look out for the Structure Review Team’s survey scheduled to release in the next few days.
We are very excited about the upcoming General Conference happening 28 June to 2 July 2010 in Acapulco, See you in Acapulco!Mexico. We want to make sure that word gets out about this exciting week-long event where you will have an opportunity to connect with MCC’s global network of churches, members, friends, allies and partners. Throughout the month of November we will be asking our local churches to help us promote this event and we will be announcing exciting new promotions to help you make it to Acapulco. Be sure to look out for these promotions throughout November.

You can begin meeting people that will be at General Conference on our FaceBook event page.

Visit our website to find out more about General Conference.

Advent Resources

Local Church Worship Resources for Advent and Christmas Eve will be published and available November 5th, based on the General Conference theme, “Imagine”. Look for this exciting, unifying approach to Advent and Christmas, with contributions from every Elder, music, liturgical and thematic materials that you can use and adapt.

Perspectives from the National Equality March

I had the joy of speaking at a panel on Global Justice and Faith at Foundry Methodist Church on October 10th, along with people from Rev. Elder Nancy Wilsonother denominations, facilitated by Cluster leader Rev. Joe Cobb, from MCC (who also directs Would Jesus Discriminate?). The room was crowded, the discussion was great! In the evening, I gave the closing prayer at the HIV/AIDS candlelight rally on the Mall.
I had the joy of preaching at MCC DC the next morning, and laying hands on Troy Perry as we blessed him in preparation for his opening remarks and invocation at the rally.

I did not march, but went right to the staging area. As 30 or so religious leaders gathered, Troy and I looked as a rainbow appeared in the sky just as tens of thousands began pouring on to the lawn. The Gay Men’s chorus sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” then the national anthem, and they Troy and all of us gathered to open the rally. Troy read a beautiful greeting from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and then powerfully opened the rally with his invocation, which you can read on the website. I was amazed to learn that C-SPAN carried the whole thing live. I was blessed to see old friends David Mixner, Torrie Oborn, and to meet so many new, young activists. Everyone was grateful for MCC’s early and energetic support for the March.

The best part was seeing 250,000 people united and thrilled to be there, especially the overwhelming number of young people. Our simple message of equality rang out!!

Rev. Elder Darlene GarnerBecause I participated in the March for Equality, I proudly walked with other 250,000 other people – LGBT and straight, young and old, adults and children, of all colors and economic levels, religious and secular – all united as one in demanding equal recognition and equal protection under the laws of this nation. It was really great to see many same-gender and opposite-gender parents marching with their children, as well as children of LGBT parents, all demanding equality for their families. Someone carried a placard that said it all for me: “Jesus had two daddies and he turned out to be OK.”
Welcome Back!
Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman, who will now serve on our MCC staff as a Resource Consultant for the Board of Elders. Arlene will bring her considerable experience and expertise in working with local churches to bear on helping the Elders as we focus our work with churches based on church size; and on special projects. As we prepare to launch a re-designed website, easy access to important resources will be a major focus. Arlene may still be reached at RevArleneAckerman.
MCC Impact

The MCC IMPACT is taking a short break until the end of the year as our beloved editor, Judy Dale, recovers from a broken ankle. GET WELL JUDY!!

Hearty congratulations to Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes! Though he earned his own doctorate, he has also recently received an honorary doctorate from York University, the third largest University in Canada. Click Here to view the ceremony and his speech.

We are so grateful to York University for honoring our Brent Hawkes for a lifetime of achievement in human rights. MCC Toronto, and all of MCC around the globe share in the honor!

Your congratulatory message can be send to Rev. Dr. Hawkes by clicking the image below.

Grace and Peace


Rev. Nancy Wilson MCC Moderator

Congratulations Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes

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