|Rev. Elder Diane Fisher to be Honored |
Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson will be speaking at the MCC North Central US Network Gathering, which will honor Rev. Elder Diane Fisher and her powerful work around the world. The Gathering will be hosted at the new location of achurch4me? MCC, 1545 W. Morse Ave, Chicago, Illinois (USA) on Saturday, 23 June 2012. This is Pride weekend in Chicago, and there will be an MCC contingent in the parade on Sunday.
Everyone is invited to attend!
Please RSVP to Rev. Gordon McCoy: email@example.com
. There is no registration fee. However, donations will be accepted to help offset costs. Lunch will be provided. The Gathering will begin at 10am and end around 3:30pm.
|Did you recently graduate? Will you be graduating soon? Let us know. Whether lay or clergy, we'd like to honor you! Write to RevKharmaAmos@MCCchurch.net with your graduation date, institution, degree, and any special commendations/awards.
Click here for press statements from MCC, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, and the Global Justice Institute regarding U.S. President Obama's affirmation of marriage equality.
Did you see the Vacation Bible School
resource we sent out last week? It contains a wealth of information about risk management. Email JasonONeill@MCCchurch.net
to have the information forwarded to you.
The 4th European Transgender Council "Trans Rights Now! Realizing Recognition, Respect and Equality" is being hosted in Dublin, Ireland. Trans* activists from all parts of Europe will gather as delegates and speakers to Dublin City University (DCU) from 6 - 9 September 2012. Early bird registration deadline is 15 June 2012.
Rev. Elder Mona West is pleased to announce that the new Policy and Process for Discipline of Ministry Leaders in MCC has been implemented. The new process, along with the necessary forms, can be
downloaded at http://mccchurch.org/how-we-work/governance/judiciary-process/
Some of the key elements that are different about this new process include a 'Pre-Complaint' stage in which efforts are made to mediate conflict before engaging the Judiciary Process and the inclusion of lay ministry leaders in MCC.
The Board of Elders appointed a Judicial Review Team (JRT) in 2008. As part of their work, the JRT surveyed everyone who had been involved in the Disciplinary Process from 2005-2008 for input and to identify concerns. They also reviewed policies and processes of other denominations.
Under the guidance of Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, the JRT submitted a revised process to the Governing Board for approval in 2011 with a May 2012 implementation. An International Judicial Pool was appointed and
trained under the direction of Rev. Elder Mona West in April and May of 2012.
The Council of Elders and Governing Board would like to express their gratitude for the time and effort of those who served on the Judicial Review Team:
Rev. Kharma Amos
Rev. Paulette Armstead
Rev. Robert Clark
Rev. Terri Echelberger
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
Rev. Elder John Gill
Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin
Rev. Marty Luna-Wolfe
Rev. Jim Merritt
Rev. Gale Rawson
Rev. Clay Witt
And for the time and willingness of those who have agreed to be appointed to the International Judicial Pool:
Rev. Paulette V. Armstead
Rev. Andy Braunston
Gail M. Bumala
Jaco du Plessis
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston
Rev. Ken Ehrke
Rev. Paul Eknes-Tucker
Rev. Alycia Erickson
Rev. Alberto Nájera Flores
Rev. Ron LaRocque
Nerisse Karen Kaye M. Pamaran
Rev. Dr. Danny Spears
Rev. Gavin Ward
From Rev. Mel White to MCC: "Stranger at the Gate was written to give hope and healing to those who suffer religion-based oppression. Holy Terror was written to help cut off that suffering at its source. If ever we needed to help this country see how holy terrorism works, that time is now. Holy Terror exposes the Christian right and gives us positive, practical ways to end their campaign to deny us our rights, reverse the advances we've made, and drive us back into our closets."
Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson will be traveling to Germany and Romania in early June with Rev. Pat Bumgardner of The Global Justice Institute. They are scheduled to meet with United Nations representatives. Nancy will also be conducting an ordination, speaking at a University, and visiting our office in Romania. You can keep up with her trip via her facebook page
(as part of OZ/NZ Network Gathering)
8-11 June 2012
17-21 July 2012
Dallas, Texas (USA)
The deadline to reserve a hotel room is 25 June 2012. Call 1-800-THE-OMNI (843-6664) and mention our group name: MCC Young Adult Summit. If you are looking for a roommate, join us in the MCC Young Adult group on Facebook to post for a roommate.
9-16 August 2012
Berkeley, California (USA)
Application Deadline: 1 June
27-30 August 2012
Delray Beach, Florida (USA)
Early Registration Deadline: 21 May
17-20 September 2012
Venice, Florida (USA)
(in conjunction with Worship Summit)
21-24 October 2012
Kansas City, Missouri (USA)
24-25 August 2012
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA)
21-22 September 2012
Saint Petersburg, Florida (USA)
19-20 October 2012
Kansas City, Missouri (USA)
9-10 November 2012
Austin, Texas (USA)
MCC General Conference XXV
1-5 July 2013
Chicago, Illinois (USA)