Change of Power – Where does MCC Stand?

MCC Moderator – Rev Rachelle Brown, Rev Marie Alford-Harkey and Rev Roland Stringfellow – Women’s March – Philadelphia

Church in Progress is part of a wider movement called ‘Metropolitan Community Churches‘ (MCC). MCC was started nearly 50 years ago in the United States. Many of our sibling MCC churches are in America. MCC was founded to provide a place where all are welcomed and affirmed, many of our congregations have a majority membership of people who identify as LGBTQI and MCC has a heart for social justice.

My facebook feed has been swamped over the last few months. My MCC friends in the States have been sharing their fears and concerns in the run-up to Trump being elected. After the election, sadly, many of them posted about the hate-crimes they had either witnessed or been had endured themselves. I give thanks that in the last few days there has been a noticeable shift. The Women’s March has empowered these same friends and my facebook feed has been oozing with positive images and posts!

We continue to pray and act for change. Below are official statements put out by the MCC leadership based in the United States. I hope they help you think about where you stand.

●      MCC leaders and members will hold this administration-like every administration-accountable for harmful policies and actions. We will speak out, meet with our representatives, and let our dream for a whole and healthy country be known to our elected officials.

●      MCC believes the violent rhetoric and actions in the presidential campaign and the transition are not partisan politics but dangerous tactics, which create a climate of intolerance and hate. We are all too familiar with hate since we are a denomination founded by and proudly supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons (LGBTQ).

●      We name and reject the rising tide of hate crimes against immigrants, people of color, Muslims, and LGBTQ people. Thousands have decided that this election gives them permission to inflict their hate on vulnerable populations. Since the election, MCC churches have been subjected to hate graffiti, feces smeared on walls, broken windows, and more.

●      MCC stands with immigrants in America, regardless of undocumented or documented, detained or free. We share a common humanity and our common need to work and feed our families.

●      MCC knows about hearing derogatory labels from the mouths of people who are telling us to trust them. We know hateful labels shatter public discourse. Name-calling is the infancy of bullying which evolves into action. If we don’t stand up for those being targeted, how can we expect to be defended?

●      Although the incoming POTUS promised to “drain the swamp” and to eliminate special interests, we see nominees for national leadership who are mostly extremely wealthy people with interests in helping corporations and political agendas rather than helping common people. We urge the incoming administration to stop treating US citizens like markets and start treating us as human beings with dreams for a fulfilled future for our families, communities, country, and world.

●      We learned recently that eight men (the majority Americans) hold wealth equal to that of half of the world’s population. Our new president says, he will make America great again, but MCC leaders would like all leaders in places of responsibility to make America generous again.

●      Make America whole through health care for all, through women’s health and reproductive rights, through immigrant family reunion, through defending the integrity of Native lands, through support for public schools, jobs for all, elder care, racial justice that closes the doors of prisons, and care for the planet.

●      We stand in solidarity with the Women’s Marches around the world, for women’s rights to health, economic security, representation, and safety.

Church in Progress continues to pray for and take action to ensure social justice for all. If you have any questions, or just want to talk – please get in contact. We need to reach out, connect and know that we are not alone. Together, with God’s help, we can make a difference.

Much love

Rev Emily


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