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In the Spirit of Transparency

A Pastoral Letter from the Moderator and Governing Board
to Metropolitan Community Churches

22 February 2016

Dear Clergy and Lay Delegates of MCC:

As Moderator of MCC, I am also the Moderator of MCC’s Governing Board. I am proud to have served for nearly six years with over a dozen people who are pioneering a new model for MCC governance, elected by the General Conference. We have done a lot of wonderful work over the last several years, weathered storms, proposed a strategic plan, balanced budgets, and have tried to serve you faithfully.

Recently, we have struggled very painfully with deep disagreements over substantive issues of direction, process, and values. We are in the process of working through this with the assistance of a governance and board consultant; in other words, we are getting some outside help. Those of you who have served on church boards know that getting some outside help can make a difference.

We are accountable to you, and we want you to know we have help, and we invite your prayers.

As we move towards General Conference and a transition to a new Moderator, as I said in my previous pastoral letter, we are engaged in our first selection of a Moderator from among a number of candidates. This is new territory for us. Concerns have arisen, and we are working diligently to work through them and to accurately answer questions that have been posed to us.

In the process, three Governing Board members have resigned.

Rev. Karen Thompson had been newly appointed to the Governing Board and felt that the recent conflicts that existed before she joined the board made it impossible for her to contribute in a positive way. I thank Rev. Karen for her honesty.

Gail Rissler also resigned due to these differences. Gail made many positive contributions during her time on the board over the last several years. We are greatly in her debt. Thank you, Gail.

Finally, Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin submitted his resignation, effective 26 February 2016. Rev. Robert has faithfully served the board since 2010.

We have thanked and expressed appreciation to the Moderator Nominating Committee (MNC). We have asked them to reschedule the March MNC webinar to a later date to allow us to sort through our issues and have resolution before we plunge into the next phase of this process.

In the spirit of full disclosure, we want you to know that a Governing Board motion to reject the slate of nominees that the MNC brought forward, failed. We approved, as a subsequent motion, to review the process and concerns that have surfaced.

With our consultant and outside team, we are reviewing the Governing Board’s role and responsibilities. While this happens, we have asked the MNC to delay the next step in the process which is the webinar to meet the candidates. The webinar is now scheduled for 16 March 2016.

Once we work through our concerns and issues, we will publicly summarize and share our findings.

We will publish the minutes of our Governing Board meetings of the last few weeks after we approve them at our monthly meeting on 25 February 2016.

We thank you for your patience, for your prayers, and encouragement. We respectfully decline as a Governing Board to respond or conduct our business on social media. We hope you will understand that, and bless us for it– just as you would expect of your local church board.

If you have questions for the Governing Board, please contact us directly at GoverningBoard@MCCchurch.net.

Please pray for those you have elected to serve you, and for us to be faithful to the Holy Spirit as we seek discernment and wisdom. Pray for those who will stand for election for Moderator and as members of the Governing Board.

Let’s get ready for our family reunion in Victoria, British Columbia, this coming July, and invite the joy of our God to reign in our hearts and minds. As we welcome first-timers to conference, new churches, new emerging groups, as well as those of us who have been in ministry for decades, let us face the future and BE MCC with love, hope, and courage!

God bless all of you, and God bless MCC!

Grace and Peace,

Nancy Signature

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches

A Pastoral Letter to the General Conference

Regarding the Moderator Nominating Committee’s
Slate of Candidates

1 February 2016

Dear Lay and Clergy Delegates to General Conference, and MCC Friends around the World:

As we move towards Victoria, we know this is a powerful moment, a historical conference for Metropolitan Community Churches. It will be an amazing time of inspiring worship, connection, and decision-making.

Before the last General Conference, the Governing Board appointed a very qualified Moderator Nominating Committee (MNC). All along they have been transparent about Moderator criteria, qualifications, and process. They have invited everyone in MCC to participate and have kept everyone informed.

Recently, they released their final slate.

As Moderator of MCC, I support the MNC, the Committee’s tireless work, and I support the slate of eminently qualified, diverse nominees. Along with all of you, I will be seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit and discerning my own choice.
From the beginning, I respected the independent nature of this process. I did not at any time, nor will I, make endorsements or interfere with the Committee’s process.

When the news came out about the slate, I heard from many of you who were just really facing the reality that I am, indeed, retiring as Moderator, and expressing your love and gratitude. I am so grateful for 43 years of ministry in MCC, and hope, after I retire as Moderator, to be as devoted in ministry to MCC for the rest of my life.

Change is upon us. I want us to move forward in an atmosphere of respect, prayer, and trust in the God who brought us this far. I want us to respect the MNC, our colleagues and friends who we entrusted with this monumental task. And, I want to offer gratitude and respect to the persons who applied and to those who were chosen as nominees.

Some are delighted with the slate and some are disappointed. It is difficult to imagine it could be otherwise as this is the first truly contested Moderator election in our history. This is new territory for us. Sometimes we react out of our pain or disappointment. This is a time for us to listen carefully, ask good questions, breathe deeply, and think about the long-term future and spiritual mission of MCC together.

Leadership transitions in churches are occasions for great joy, anticipation, grief, and worry. As we navigate this time together, we need to lean on our faith and one another. And then as we look to the future and beyond General Conference, it will take all of us to do our part, to be partners in this journey with the new Moderator to lead MCC into our next 50 years of life-changing ministry.

Some have already shared the slate in church bulletins, and lay delegates have actively encouraged conversation. Others have asked questions about the process. Be assured we will do everything we can to continue to answer all questions to the best of our ability, and to move forward, faithfully, together.

For now, I call us to prayer and to trust.

Every day, people contact us to start a new MCC, to become clergy, or to learn how to access our churches, ministries, and message. Ours is a compelling story that is needed more than ever. I believe that with all my heart. I see that in your faces, in your churches, in the passionate, daily work for MCC.

Ultimately, this decision is in the hands of the General Conference — all of us who are entrusted with the final decision. Along with our Founder, Rev. Elder Troy Perry, I profoundly trust the wisdom and decisions of our General Conference, which I believe is inspired by the Holy Spirit and the God who called us in the first place.

Finally, pray for that person who will become our third MCC Moderator, and who will lead us spiritually, pastorally, and organizationally.

God bless all of you, and God bless MCC!

Grace and Peace,

Nancy Signature
Rev. Nancy Wilson

News from the Governing Board – September 2014

Check out our latest news:

An Update from the Communications Team GB Sept 2014 Communications Update Final

Appointment of the Governing Board Nominating Committee  GB Nominating Committee GC2016 FINAL

Statement on General Conference 2013 Eligibility

The Governing Board values our relationships with our congregations and desires to offer a vibrant General Conference experience.  We ARE, indeed, stronger together.  To that end, we wish to ensure that we are working with churches, Senior Pastors and Board of Directors to help them meet long-established eligibility standards for voting in the Business Meeting at our upcoming General Conference.  We invite you to partner with us to ensure that your congregation is current on tithe assessments and Board of Pensions payments (for US churches) AND help to ensure our records are accurate.

If funds are not currently available to bring tithes and pension funds current, reaching a payment agreement is all it takes to become compliant.  We will gladly work with you to reach an agreement prior to June 1, 2013.

Just so you are aware, as is procedure, the Governing Board, passed the following motion to affirm eligibility standards and deadlines for the Business Meeting.

“In order to be eligible to vote at General Conference XXV, churches must have paid their UFMCC tithe assessment through 31 March 2013, no later than 21:00 UTC/GMT (5:00 p.m. EDT) on 1 June 2013, or a current, signed tithe covenant must be in place, no later than 21:00 UTC/GMT (5:00 p.m. EDT) by 1 June 2013. 

For U.S. churches, Board of Pension payments must also be current through 31 March 2013, by 21:00 UTC/GMT (5:00 p.m. EDT) on 1 June 2013.”

Existing agreements remain valid through the 2013 General Conference as long as the congregation remains current and consistent

If you have any questions or concerns about your congregational eligibility to vote, please contact us at .

 

Onward to Chicago!

MCC Governing Board

International Task Force Final Report

The MCC Governing Board is pleased to announce the release of the International Task Force Final Report.
If you have questions, please direct them to the Governing Board at 
ITF - 1. Proposals Forwarded to General Conference 25 by the Governing Board
ITF - 1. Proposals Forwarded to General Conference 25 by the Governing Board
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ITF - 2. Final Report
ITF - 2. Final Report
ITF Final Report to the Governing Board.pdf
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ITF - 3. FAQs
ITF - 3. FAQs
FAQs for ITF Proposals forwarded by the MCC Governing Board.pdf
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ITF ESP - 1. Propuestas del Grupo de Trabajo Internacional
ITF ESP - 1. Propuestas del Grupo de Trabajo Internacional
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ITF ESP - 2. Reporte Final del Grupo de Trabajo Internacional
ITF ESP - 2. Reporte Final del Grupo de Trabajo Internacional
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ITF ESP - 3. FAQs
ITF ESP - 3. FAQs
FAQs para las Propuestas del ITF enviadas por la Junta de Gobierno.pdf
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Moderator Nominating Committee Applicant

We Need Your Help to Recruit for candidates for the Moderator Nominating Committee!

 En español

Greetings from your MCC Governing Board! MCC is empowering on an important step in our 44 year history over the next 4 years, the election of our third Moderator of MCC at our 2016 General Conference XXVI.  We are seeking experienced persons who can solicit, recruit and select up to five (5) qualified candidates to present to the General Conference of which one will be elected to continuing leading our global denomination, spiritually and managerially in the 21st century.  We are looking forward to hearing from you and are asking your assistance to identify qualified candidates to apply for the Moderator Nominating Committee.

The Governing Board will appoint a three (3) person committee to serve until the 2016 General Conference XXVI. We are seeking an qualified persons to appoint to the Moderator Nominating Committee as stated in UFMCC Bylaw, Article V.C.2.a – MODERATOR:“MODERATOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE: The Governing Board shall appoint a Moderator Nominating Committee of three (3) persons. The responsibility of the Moderator’s Nominating Committee is to actively solicit candidates for the position, review any and all applications, and select up to five (5) qualified candidates. The qualified candidates shall be presented by the Governing Board to the General Conference for election.”Here are some ways you can assist us:1) Do you know of someone in your local church who has the kind of professional background, expertise, high level of spiritual maturity and commitment that we need on this Nominating Committee? Invite them to apply, forward this email and link to the application to them today!2) Talk with those you know in MCC who may know someone who is perfect for this Nominating Committee.

3) Talk with people in your church and MCC Network about potential candidates.

4) Consider submitting an application for yourself.

5) Pray that we have a vibrant, substantial pool of applicants, both Laity and Clergy, from which to appoint three persons to serve on the Moderator Nominating Committee through 2016 General Conference XXVI.

 

We have implemented the following process to appoint three (3) persons no later than 31 March 2013:

  • If you are interested or know a person who should apply to serve on this Moderator Nominating Committee position to serve MCC, please contact us at MNC@mccchurch.net  to receive an application.
  • Applications are due by 5:00 pm US Eastern time, Monday, 21 January 2013.
  • The Governing Board will review all applications received.
  • The Governing Board will pre-select candidates and conduct interviews with candidate(s).
  • The Governing Board will select and appoint three (3) persons to serve on the Moderator Nominating Committee by our March 2013 Governing Board meeting.
  • The Governing Board will send out an announcement to introduce our new Moderator Nominating Committee prior to publication of the official 2013 MCC General Conference Business Package.

View the application for potential candidates.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at MNC@mccchurch.net.

We look forward to receiving your application!

 

Thank you,

MCC Governing Board

November 19, 2012


Necesitamos tu ayuda para reclutar candidatos para el Comité Nominador del Moderador(a)

 

¡Saludos de parte de la Junta de Gobierno de ICM! Greetings from your MCC Governing Board! MCC está potenciando un paso importante en nuestros 44 años de historia, en los próximos 4 años, la elección de nuestro(a) tercer(a) Moderador(a) de ICM, en la Conferencia General XXVI en el 2016. Estamos buscando personas con experiencia que pueden solicitar, reclutar y seleccionar un máximo de cinco (5) candidatos cualificados para presentar a la Conferencia General de los cuales uno será elegido para continuar dirigiendo nuestra denominación global, espiritual y de gestión en el siglo XXI. Estamos esperando escucharles y estamos pidiendo su ayuda para identificar candidatos cualificados para que envíen su solicitud al Comité Nominador de Moderador(a).

La Junta de Gobierno nombrará a tres (3) personas para servir en el comité hasta el 2016 en la Conferencia General XXVI.

 

Buscamos personas cualificadas para nombrarlas al Comité Nominador de Moderador(a) según está establecido en los Estatutos de la FUICM, Artículo V.C.2.a – MODERADORA:

COMITÉ NOMINADOR DEL (DE LA) MODERADOR(A): La Junta de Gobierno nombrará a tres (3) personas para el Comité Nominador del (de la) Moderador(a). La responsabilidad del Comité Nominador del (de la) Moderador(a) es solicitar candidatos para el puesto, revisar todas y cada una de las solicitudes y elegir cinco (5) candidatos(as) cualificados(as). Los(as) candidatos(as) cualificados(as) serán presentados por la Junta de Gobierno para la elección a la Conferencia General”.

 

Te presentamos algunas formas en las que puedes ayudarnos:

1) ¿Conoces a alguien de tu iglesia local que tiene los antecedentes profesionales necesarios, experiencia, algo nivel de madurez espiritual y compromiso que se necesita en este Comité Nominador? Invítalos a que hagan su solicitud, enviándoles este correo electrónico y el enlace para la aplicación.

2) Habla con aquellos que conoces en ICM que podrían conocer alguien que es perfecto para estar en este Comité Nominador.

3) Habla con las personas de tu iglesia y de Red de ICM acerca de los candidatos potenciales.

4) Considera enviar una solicitud tu mismo.

5) Ora para que tengamos un conjunto de solicitudes vibrantes, sustanciales, tanto de Laicos(as) y Clérigos(as), de los que podamos nombrar a tres personas para servir como Comité Nominador de Moderador(a) hasta el 2016 en la Conferencia General XXVI.

 

Hemos implementado el siguiente proceso para nombrar tres (3) personas antes del 31 de marzo de 2013:

  • Si estás interesado o conoces a una persona que pudiera servir en este Comité Nominador, favor de contactarnos a MNC@mccchurch.net  para recibir una solicitud.
  • Las solicitudes deben enviarse antes de las 5:00 pm US EST del lunes 21de enero de 2013.
  • La Junta de Gobierno revisará las solicitudes recibidas.
  • La Junta de Gobierno pre-seleccionará candidatos y tendrá entrevistas con los candidatos.
  • La Junta de Gobierno elegirá y nombrará a tres (3) personas para servir en el Comité Nominador de Moderador(a) en la reunión de la Junta de Gobierno en marzo 2013.
  • La Junta de Gobierno hará un anuncio para presentar a nuestro Comité Nominador de Moderador(a) antes de la publicación oficial del paquete de negocios de la Conferencia General de 2013.

Consultar la solicitud para los candidatos potenciales.

Si tienes cualquier pregunta, no dudes en contactarnos a MNC@mccchurch.net.

¡Esperamos recibir tu solicitud!

 

Muchas Gracias,

Junta de Gobierno de ICM

Noviembre 19, 2012

Help Us Recruit Candidates. . .for the Governing Board!!!

The Deadline has Been Extended to

November 12th

to submit your Application for the Governing Board.

The Governing Board Nominating Committee needs you. Serving on the Governing Board is an opportunity for clergy and laity to labor together on a unified, global MCC Board. This Board partners with the Moderator and the Elders to facilitate tasks and to support the continuation of the momentum in ministry that has been building since the Acapulco General Conference.

Click here to download your application.

Help Us Recruit Candidates. . .for the Governing Board!!!

Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson,
Moderator Metropolitan Community Churches

Today we are publishing information about the Board Charter and qualifications for service on the Governing Board. During the General Conference in Acapulco, we elected our first term of Governing Board members. Elections for the next terms will be held during the 2013 General Conference in Chicago.

Our Nominations Committee is excited about the prospect of many, excellent and diverse candidates, and would like your help to recruit potential nominees. Serving on the Governing Board is an opportunity for clergy and laity to labor together on a unified, global MCC Board.  This Board partners with the Moderator and the Elders to facilitate tasks and to support the continuation of the momentum in ministry that we have been building. This Board also works with our leadership and staff to creatively develop the resources to keep us moving forward into the future. To date, the Board has expanded its reach and work through teams that have already grown to include people who are not on the Board itself, whose gifts are crucial to their work.

Click here to go to the Governing Board home page to learn more about the Board and their activities since Acapulco. I would like to re-introduce the Governing Board Nominating Committee Cathy Alexander (chair), Rev. Catherine Dearlove, and Rusty Hall who have a message for you as well.

Grace and Peace,
+ Rev. Nancy Wilson
Moderator
Metropolitan Community Churches

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We Need Your Help to Recruit for the Governing Board Candidates

________________________

Cathy Alexander_________Rev. Catherine Dearlove_________Rusty Hall

Greetings from your Governing Board Nominating Committee. We are looking forward to hearing from you and are asking your assistance to identify qualified candidates to apply for the Governing Board. We would like those who have a heart for governance, along with the skills and experience for this type of ministry to prayerfully consider assisting in recruiting qualified candidates for these critically important positions:

  1. Do you know of someone in your local church that has the kind of professional background, expertise, high level of spiritual maturity and commitment that we need on this Board? Invite them to apply, forward this email and link to the application to them today!
  2. Talk with those you know in MCC who may know someone who is perfect for this Board.
  3. Talk with people in your church and MCC Network about potential candidates.
  4. Consider submitting an application for yourself.
  5. Pray that we have a vibrant, substantial pool of applicants from which to select a slate of nominees to be brought to General Conference for a powerful time of discerning our future and our leadership.

The bylaws state the qualifications for members of the Board.  “Members of the Governing Board must be members in good standing within the Fellowship who, in the sole discretion of the UFMCC, have spiritual quality and leadership, are mature, have sound judgment, and have a proven record of accomplishment. Consideration will be given to elect members with diverse perspectives, core competencies, and complementary skills consistent with the required functions and responsibilities of the Governing Board.”

 to view the application for potential candidates.

Our deadline for the receipt of all applications is 5 pm EST, Monday, 12 November 2012. Thank you for your willingness to serve and for your passion for MCC’s ministry and future! See you in Chicago.

Governing Board Announces Updates to the Governance Website

During the 24th January 2012 Governing Board meeting, we approved an updated version of the MCC Policy for Discipline of Ministry Leaders, which is also known as UFMCC Bylaws Addendum 4 – Judiciary Process, effective 1 January 2012.

http://mccchurch.org/how-we-work/governance/

 

We also have posted the Record of Actions of the Special Virtual General Conference Business meeting, 28-29 March 2012.

http://mccchurch.org/how-we-work/governance/

 

Additional instructions and forms for submitting UFMCC Bylaw Amendment proposals are available. Network Leaders have been briefed on the bylaw change process resources and the location of the forms. However, you may contact the Governing Board if you have questions or concerns regarding the implementation of UFMCC Bylaws Addendum 1 – Procedures for Submitting Bylaw Proposals.

http://mccchurch.org/how-we-work/governance/

 

Thank you for your continued support!
MCC Governing Board
governingboard@mccchurch.net

Conferencia General Especial 2012

Conferencia General Especial 2012
Resultados de la Votación de los Delegados de la Cámara de Clérigos(as) y de la Cámara de Laicos(as)  de ICM del
28-29 de marzo de 2012!

La Secretaria de la Conferencia General Especial se complace en anunciar los resultados de la votación afirmativa para el nombramiento de Obispos(as) del Reverendo Héctor Gutiérrez y de la Reverenda Dr. Mona West. La votación virtual se abrió el miércoles 28 de marzo a las 9:00 am EDT (1:00pm GMT) y se cerró el jueves 29 de marzo a las 5:00 pm EDT (9:00pm GMT).  Consultores de SurveyMonkey™ han verificado de forma independiente los resultados de la votación.

Resultados de la Votación y Declaración del Quórum
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Los resultados de la votación son los siguientes:

Afirmación para la Posición al Consejo de Obispas y Obispos

Cámara de Laicos(as)

Cámara de Clérigos(as)

Total

Número de Delegados Elegibles

221

327

548

Quórum (20%) de los delegados elegibles

44

65

110

Reverendo Obispo Héctor Gutiérrez

Cámara de Laicos(as)

Cámara de Clérigos(as)

Total

Reverendo Héctor Gutiérrez

Votos válidos emitidos

119

172

291

Requeridos para la afirmación (=50%)    

60

86

146

A favor

107

142

249

En contra

8

24

32

Abstención

4

6

10

 

Reverenda Obispa Dra. Mona West

Afirmación para la Posición al Consejo de Obispos y Obispas

Cámara de Laicos(as)

Cámara de Clérigos(as)

Total

Reverenda Dr. Mona West

Votos Válidos Emitidos

119

172

291

Requeridos para la Afirmación (=50%)           

60

86

146

A favor

103

136

239

En contra

13

28

41

Abstenciones

3

8

11

Para más detalles de los resultados pueden consultar la página web de la Junta de Gobierno:

http://governingboard.mccchurch.org/meetings/special-general-conference-2012/

Por favor únanse a mi felicitación al Rev. Obispo Héctor Gutiérrez @   y a la Rev. Obispa Dr. Mona West @ !

Enviado respetuosamente por,
Reverenda Onetta Brooks
Secretaria, Conferencia General Especial (Virtual) de ICM, 28-29 Marzo2012