About Metropolitan Community Churches
In 1968, before the Stonewall Riots and the Christopher Street Parades, Rev. Troy Perry founded Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles (renamed Founders MCC) to serve the spiritual needs of gay and lesbian people. Little did he know this one congregation would become a world-wide denomination and movement. His actions were revolutionary and transformational - then and now!
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Are You New to MCC?
Welcome to Metropolitan Community Churches. MCC is a global Christian church of loving, affirming and welcoming communities of faith. While Transforming Ourselves as We Transform the World, MCC confronts oppression and injustice in our local communities, our nation, and around the world. Because we are a people of the Good News, we are working with our Divine Creator to Build Up Hope among our siblings worldwide. We are a people of hope. We are a people of faith. We welcome you on this lifelong journey and mission!
What are Local MCCs Like?
Our churches are located in over 40 countries on 6 continents and are made up of congregants from many different walks of life. Because of this, we have a fellowship of churches that celebrate diversity both within their local congregations and among our global community.
Every church is influenced by the congregation members involved. The people sitting near you during worship services may come from a different religious tradition than you do. Still, we all worship together and celebrate the diversity God creates in us.
As a global church, we share the foundational calling (mission) for a specific and intentional outreach to/with homosexual, bisexual, and transgender people. Our churches actively minister in their communities to and with LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people.
We are a church that believes in the priesthood of all believers. That means that when you walk into the church and become an MCC member, you become a messenger that God loves all of God’s children and celebrates our created sexualities, our diversities and our individual uniqueness. All persons have value and worth, and are uniquely gifted to share the Good News with others. It takes the whole body, clergy and laity, to live out the Good News!
Will I be Welcome?
Yes, absolutely. No matter your religious background (or lack thereof), your race, gender identity, sexual orientation, family makeup, disability anything you are welcome in MCC.
What about My Family? Is There a Place for My Children?
Yes. You and your family (biological and of choice) are welcome. Ministry to children and young adults is available in most MCC churches. If you are feeling uncertain about resources available to you at the church you plan to visit, please contact the pastor or pastoral contact before you go. MCC Sacred Journey seeks to be child-friendly and prepared. For more information, please email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q & A: About MCC for Newcomers
Is MCC a gay church? MCC was founded as a Christian church called to be in ministry to/with homosexual people. As time passed, we built on the original vision given to our founder, Rev. Troy Perry. MCC has become an all-inclusive fellowship of churches that welcome everyone.
How old is MCC? We were founded on October 6, 1968 and celebrated our 45th anniversary in 2013.
How did MCC begin? MCC was founded out of the vision and calling of Rev. Troy Perry. For more information on the establishment of MCC and our earliest experiences as a church visit www.mccchurch.org and keep reading about MCCs history below.
Will MCC perform marriage ceremonies for any consenting adult couple? As our nation's forerunner for the fight for Marriage Equality, MCC believed marriage should be freely available to all people, everywhere and our denomination's founder, Rev. Troy Perry, performed the first same-sex wedding in 1968. Since the historic decision to make marriage legal for all US couples, MCC happily offers marriage ceremonies. In addition, MCC offers Holy Unions and Relationship Blessings as Rites of the Church.
What does MCC believe? After several years of discussion and prayer, and taking into account the wide diversity in our understandings of what it means to be people of faith in the tradition of Jesus, MCC adopted a new Statement of Faith at its July 2016 General Conference:
Metropolitan Community Churches is one chapter in the story of the Church, the Body of Christ. We are people on a journey, learning to live into our spirituality, while affirming our bodies, our genders, our sexualities. We don't all believe exactly the same things. And yet in the midst of our diversity, we build community, grounded in God's radically inclusive love for all people. We are part of an ongoing conversation on matters of belief and faith, shaped by scripture and the historic creeds, building on those who have come before us. Our chapter begins when God says to us: "Come, taste, and see."
"Come, taste, and see." Jesus Christ, You invite all people to Your open table. You make us Your people, a beloved community. You restore the joy of our relationship with God, even in the midst of loneliness, despair, and degradation. We are each unique and we all belong, a priesthood of all believers. Baptized and filled with Your Holy Spirit, You empower us to be Your healing presence in a hurting world.
We expect to see Your reign on earth as it is in heaven as we work toward a world where everyone has enough, wars cease, and all creation lives in harmony. We affirm Your charge to all of humanity to care for the land, sea, and air. Therefore, we will actively resist systems and structures which are destroying Your creation.
With all of creation we worship You—every tribe, every language, every people, every nation. We know You by many names, Triune God, beyond comprehension, revealed to us in Jesus Christ, who invites us to the feast.
Core Values of MCC:
Love is our greatest moral value and resisting exclusion is a primary focus of our ministry. We want to continue to be the conduits of a faith where everyone is included in the family of God, and where all parts of our being are welcomed at God’s table.
Offering a safe and open community for people to worship, learn and grow in their faith is our deep desire. We are committed to equipping ourselves and each other to do the work that God has called us to do in this world.
Providing a message of liberation from the oppressive religious environment of our day or those experiencing God for the first time is what guides our ministry. We believe that when people are invited to experience God through the life and ministry of Christ, lives will be transformed.
Working to talk less and do more, we are committed to resisting structures that oppress people and to standing with those who suffer under the weight of oppressive systems, being guided by our commitment to Global Human Rights.
Rites of the Church:
Baptism by water and the Spirit, as recorded in the Scriptures, shall be a sign of the dedication of each life to God and God’s service. Through the words and acts of this sacrament, the recipient is identified as God’s own child.
Holy Communion is the partaking of the blessed bread and fruit of the vine in accordance with the words of Jesus, our Sovereign. This is my body ... this is my blood. (Matthew 26:26-28). All who believe, confess, repent and seek God’s love through Christ may freely participate in the communion meal, signifying their desire to be received into community with Jesus Christ, to be saved by Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, to participate in Jesus Christ’s resurrection, and to commit their lives anew to the service of Jesus Christ.
Duly authorized ministers of MCCs perform the following Rites:
Holy Union and Holy Matrimony
Funeral or Memorial Service
Laying on of Hands for Healing
Blessings of Persons, Things and Relationships
History of Metropolitan Community Churches
Adapted from information available on Metropolitan Community Churches and St. John's MCC websites.
Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) is a human rights movement and ministry operating as a Christian denomination in 40 countries around the world. MCC wants to be the church of choice for people who are reintegrating their sexuality and their spirituality as sacred parts of who they are rather than secret parts of who they are.
MCC has often been and continues to be one of a few leading advocates for vulnerable people in places where religious orthodoxy, sexism, and homophobia can result in violence and death.
Metropolitan Community Churches was initially known in the late 1960-70s as The Gay Church; in the 1980s, MCC became a compassionate landmark as The Church with AIDS; and now offering relevant 21st century Christian ministry and social justice work globally, MCC is known around the world as The Human Rights Church! The story of MCC begins with one man, Rev. Troy Perry - defrocked by his Pentecostal church for homosexuality and recovering from a suicide attempt - who dared to believe God's promise of love and justice for all people.
Rev. Troy Perry, then age 27, received a call from God to found a church that affirmed gay men, lesbians and all other outcasts. The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC) was born a few months later on October 6, 1968, when Rev. Perry led eleven men and one woman in the first worship service of what was to become Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles, California. Foreshadowing the diversity that was to flower in the next decades, the congregation that morning encompassed an ecumenical gathering of people of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish backgrounds, including one person of color (a Latino), one Jew, and one heterosexual couple. Over the next four decades, Rev. Perry received innumerable human rights awards as he guided MCC to growth and maturity.
In 1968, before the Stonewall Riots and the Christopher Street Parades, Rev. Troy Perry founded Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles (renamed Founders MCC) to serve the spiritual needs of gay and lesbian people. His action was revolutionary, radical, and transformational. For over 43 years, Metropolitan Community Churches have stood in the face of adversity serving as a safe haven for those rejected by other religious communities and becoming an essential, life-saving link in the chain of lesbian and gay identity and affiliation. Local Metropolitan Community Churches have been the birthplace of dozens of different gay and lesbian organizations and projects across the world including World AIDS Day, and has played a vital role in the development of the global gay and lesbian community.
Though initially founded to meet the needs of LGBTQIA people, all are invited to new life through the liberating gospel of Jesus Christ in the congregations, worshiping groups, and missions that form Metropolitan Community Churches. MCC puts its faith into action by creating a global community of healing and reconciliation, and by confronting the injustices of homophobia, sexism, racism and poverty through Christian social action.
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator