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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA 1-5 JULY 2013

Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me. - John 17:23

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MCC Cruise

7-Night Alaskan Vacation August 8-15, 2014. Sponsored by MCC of DETROIT

Win an iPad Mini* All persons fully deposited by July 31st, 2013 will be entered for a chance to win

Join MCC of Detroit and Reverend Dr. Nancy Wilson and Dr. Paula Schoenwether as we sail on board Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas to Alaska. You'll see legendary places, cruise past glacial fjords and experience nature in a way you've never imagined before. From wilderness to wildlife to awe-inspiring glaciers, Alaska is a land of natural wonders. The cruise is roundtrip from Seattle, Washington then sails away to Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm, Alaska and Victoria, British Columbia. When you're not enjoying the magnificent ocean views, you can relax in the soothing ShipShape Day Spa, swim in one of the two pools, take a much-needed whirlpool or catch up with friends over your favorite drink in one of our eight lounges.

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believe Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me. John 17:23

Table of Contents Welcome Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Be a GEM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Affinity Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Young Adult Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 HIV/AIDS Related Programs & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Accessibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Trans/GNC Programs & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Featured Guests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Pre-Conference Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Schedule of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Worship Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Business Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Plenary Sessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Workshop Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Pop Topics Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Staff & Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72

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SPECIAL THANKS General Conference Core Team Jennifer Justice & Carlos Chavez - Co-Leads Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, Barbara Crabtree, Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West, Rev. Wes Mullins, Dominic Kessell, Ann Craig, Jason O’Neill & Gordon McCoy

General Conference Team Leads Accessibility – Rev. Mel Martinez Awards – Linda Brenner-Beckstead Be a Gem – Richard Henry, Linda Brenner-Beckstead, Vickey Gibbs & Marina Laws Bible Studies – Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West, Rev. Carmen Margarita Sánchez De León, Rev. Dr. Axel Schwaigert, Rev. Boon Lin Ngeo & Rev. Debra Haffner Business Meeting – Vickey Gibbs & Rev. Onetta Brooks Children & Youth Programs – Rev. Kristen Klein-Cechettini & Resurrection MCC Finance – Tammy Erwin Hospitality – Rev. Gordon McCoy & the U.S. North Central Network Marketing/Communications – Ann Craig & Jason O’Neill Pastoral Care – Rev. Karl Hand Protocol – Rev. Cathy Alexander & Linda Hardy Registration – Vickey Gibbs & Chris Baker Security – Rev. Brendan Boone & Rev. Steve Torrence Sponsorships – Cindy Gallant Translation & Interpretation – Enrique Andrade Volunteers – Dominic Kessell Workshops – Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West & Marina Laws Worship – Rev. Wes Mullins, Daniel Arredondo, Rev. DeWayne Davis, Mike Haase, Rev. Phyllis Hunt, Rev. Rachelle Brown & Katie Hotze-Wilton

Thanks for Planning for Our Future Moderator Nominating Committee Rev. Dr. Lea Brown, Rev. Kevin Downer & Elisa Vega-Burns

Governing Board Nominating Committee

Rev. Cathy Alexander, Rusty Hall & Rev. Catherine Dearlove

International Task Force

Dr. Carol Scherfenberg, Rev. Jochen Gewecke, Dr. Mark Dalgleish, Rev. Tom Decker, Rev. Araceli Ezzatti, Dominic Kessell, Rev. Boon Lin Ngeo, Henry Onzem, Sarah-Jane Ramage, Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas & Rev. Joseph* *full name withheld by request

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A LETTER FROM MCC’S MODERATOR

Dear MCC Members and Friends, Pastors & Lay Delegates: Welcome to the 25th General Conference of Metropolitan Community Churches, on behalf of our Elders and global staff! We have worked hard to prepare for our best conference in our history. Whether this is your first conference, or your 25th, we know you will be inspired. There is a reason we always gather during the season of Pentecost: because as we gather we always anticipate the fresh winds of the Holy Spirit to rush through us! We come together this conference under the banner of the word, “Believe,” expecting to hear a “word” from our God for our present and future. From the pre-conference programs, to the Pride witness in Chicago, to the outstanding preachers and music and worship; with our daily children and youth program; every special guest, plenary and workshop, celebration and award, we know our life-giving message will resound! MCC’s bold, 21st Century ministry is needed as never before, believe it! Welcome, and have an enjoyable, safe and blessed General Conference! Grace and Peace,

Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy L. Wilson On behalf of MCC’s Council of Elders & Senior Leadership Team Rev. Elder Lillie Brock

Barb Crabtree

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner

Rev. Elder Hector Gutiérrez

Rev. Elder Ken Martin

Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West

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Union Theological Seminary joins in celebrating the 25th General Conference of the Metropolitan Community Churches! At Union, we Believe that together we will continue to make a difference in the world! ABOUT UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York is a graduate school established in 1836 by founders “deeply impressed by the claim of the world upon the church.� Union prepares women and men for committed lives of service to the church, academy and society. At Union education develops practices of mind, body, and spirit that foster academic excellence, social justice, and compassionate wisdom. GRADUATE PROGRAMS Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a three year professional degree. It is primarily for those seeking to engage in the vocation of ministry, whether in churches, universities, hospitals and prison chaplaincies; in professional counseling; in secondary school or university teaching; or in business, government, journalism, social work and other professions. Additionally, Union has collaborative relationships with other educational institutions in the city, and offers two joint degree programs: the Master of Divinity/Master of Science in Social Work (M.Div./M.S.S.W.) and the Master of Arts in Religion. Master of Arts (M.A.) is a two-year academic degree undertaken in preparation for a variety of professional positions. Many M.A. students progress to or aspire towards Ph.D. study after graduation. Others choose the M.A. in order to focus their theological studies in particular area.

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Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) degree offers an opportunity for a relatively open structure of advanced theological study. It is for those who already have a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts, or its equivalent, as determined at the time of application. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) primarily prepares persons for vocations of teaching and research in college or university and seminaries, or those holding positions of leadership in churches or social service and social justice agencies. The program also includes work for the intermediate degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) which also must be earned at the Seminary. FOR MORE INFORMATION To learn more about Union, visit us online at utsnyc.edu, call (212) 280-1317 or e-mail admissions@uts.columbia.edu

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A LETTER FROM THE GOVERNING BOARD

Welcome to the wonderful City of Chicago for our 25th General Conference, the world’s largest gathering of LGBT people of faith, our allies and friends. For 45 years, we have been tearing down walls and building up hope for a better today and a more fabulous tomorrow! Our prayer is that the work we do this week, the relationships made new and renewed, serve as the basis for a new tidal wave of justice rolling over each and every continent on God’s earth. With over 1,200 people here with us, we have faith that this is already unfolding. Three years ago, we gathered in Mexico to envision a new structure, one that would unleash the true power and potential of MCC. Faced with global economic recession, it became clear that doing this would be tough. So we looked to our local churches, ministries, clergy, and lay leaders, and we found an abundance of time, talent, and treasure. Since Acapulco, MCC has helped churches recover from natural disasters, empowered activists to face down hostile politicians, and provided aid and comfort to God’s LGBT children who suffered violence and hate-based bias. Where others sought to deny humanity, MCC affirmed it. Where geography and poverty produced isolation, MCC created community. This is the work of people of faith. This is MCC! Indeed, we are on our way to becoming The Premiere 21st Century Global Church. And you will see this in the workshops, the plenaries, the business meeting, the worship, and especially the fellowship of the communion table. We pray that all you experience this week serve to strengthen our movement. We are, indeed, transforming ourselves as we transform the world. MCC’s Governing Board,

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Raquel Benítez-Rojas Liz Bisordi Rev. Onetta Brooks Rev. Tony Freeman

Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin Kareem Murphy Bryan Parker Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis

Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy L. Wilson

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WELCOME FROM THE CONFERENCE TEAM

It is an honor to welcome all of you to General Conference XXV. We have been hard at work since 2010 with the General Conference Core Team, MCC’s Senior Leadership Team and the Moderator building a program that we hope will inspire you to Believe. This conference would not be possible without the leadership and vision of MCC’s Moderator Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy L. Wilson and the entire Senior Leadership Team. We especially thank the members of the General Conference Core Team, for the countless hours spent planning this conference: Barbara Crabtree, Ann Craig, Dominic Kessell, Rev. Gordon McCoy, Rev. Wes Mullins, Jason O’Neill, Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West, and Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson. There are a few different things to note in this year’s program book: t

Celebrating MCC’s 25th General Conference — This year’s conference marks the 25th gathering of MCC’s General Conference. Each conference has contributed to the rich tapestry that is MCC. Follow along with us as we revisit past General Conferences starting on page 15 of this program book. Look for the blue and green bars at the bottom of each page and journey with us through 25 historic conferences.

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QR Codes — As you look through this program, you will notice symbols like the one displayed in the left margin of this page. These are called Quick Response (QR) codes. You will notice these QR codes throughout the program book and at conference events to direct you to relevant information about conference programming such as business, workshops, worship and more. We encourage you to scan these QR codes with your smart-phone or tablet computer to instantly access this expanded information.*

What does this symbol mean? read here to find out

Using these QR codes helps us all reduce the carbon footprint our conference has on the environment by consciously reducing the amount of printed materials we use and provide. If you are unable to scan the QR code with your smart-phone/tablet, we have provided a short web address located below the QR code that you can use to access the same information. t

General Conference App — We have also created a smart-phone app to help you schedule your time at conference, find the location of events and even connect with other people attending the conference. The app is compatible with iPhone, Android, Blackberry and any phone or tablet device with a web browsing capability. To download the conference app: scan QR code on left or go to http://bld.hn/fjc When prompted, use event name: MCC General Conference

Use QR Code above to download the MCC General Conference App

We hope these resources enhance your conference experience. We invite you to take advantage of all that this week has to offer. We have a wonderful team of colleagues and volunteers that are here to assist you. Welcome to MCC General Conference XXV. Blessings,

Carlos Chavez

Jennifer Justice

Co-Directors of Global Community Building

*Most smart-phones have pre-installed apps that will use your phone’s camera to scan these codes, if you don’t already have an app capable of doing this, simply download a free QR code scanning app such as “Scan” which is available for the iPhone, Android & Windows Phone. Visit http://www.scan.me on your phone to download the free QR code scanning app. program book FINAL W BLEED.indd 9

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Testimonials

"We've been using your materials for the past year and have found so many great ideas that have translated into a noticeable difference in our services!" "Thank you so much! Our team is excited, and my hope is that our congregational worship experience will grow, expand and fill hearts!" "People are still on a 'high' from the service days after it is over. They loved the music, all of the visuals, the poetry, the message, the prayers, the scripture, etc. Thank You!"

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BE A GEM PROGRAM The Be a Gem campaign makes it possible today & in God’s future world-wide for MCC to: t Embody MCC’s global identity t Invest in international leadership t Build a global movement t Share abundantly with everyone t Believe in MCC’s international impact An enormous thank you to every BE A GEM donor who has made a contribution to this 25th General Conference, to our global community, & to the lives of many people who will be impacted by the presence of these individuals at our gathering. Thirteen people from thirteen locations worldwide were provided financial support, registrations, meals & room shares to attend this conference. The four individuals below represent the rich tapestry of Be a GEM applicants. Rev. Victor Bracuto: Argentina Rev. Victor Bracuto has a PhD in Theology from the International Baptist Theology Seminary where he also worked as a secretary & later as Director of the Education Program. He also has a PhD in Social Work, & has included Psychology in his studies. In July 2008, he was ordained as an MCC Reverend. At present, Rev. Victor is in charge of the National Coordination for Sexual Diversity, under the authority of the National Ministry of Social Development. Rev. Victor also serves in the Iberoamerican Leadership Training Institute. He is the founder and current pastor of our new church in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nerisse Karen Kaye M. Pamaran: Philippines Born Nerisse Karen Kaye M. Pamaran in Davao City, Philippines, she is the eldest among four siblings. Kakay was born into a conservative, evangelical Christian tradition. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in Silliman University in Dumaguete City. In September 2011, Rev. Elder Ken Martin & Rev. Stedney Phillips offered Kakay the MCC Scholarship in the local seminary. In June 2012, she flew to Dasmarinas, Cavite City to join the Residency Program of the Union Theological Seminary where she is currently pursuing her Masters in Divinity, towards ordination in MCC. Emily Worman: New Zealand With the help of Be a Gem, Emily & Alan Worman from New Zealand are super excited to be able to attend General Conference 2013. Attending will enable Emily meet face-to-face with the other fabulous people on the Heterosexual Inclusivity Council. Emily is also working toward becoming MCC clergy & it's a unique opportunity to gather ideas & meet people from all around world who are doing amazing things in ministry. Rev. Wilkin Lara: Dominican Republic

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Rev. Wilkin Lara completed an application as a cleric of MCC & was ordained & installed as pastor of MCC Santo Domingo on 28 November 2010. Rev. Wilkin has a degree in Psychology at Dominican University O & M in Santo Domingo & also a diploma in Public Relations. Rev. Wilkin is a founding member of INERELA + The Americas & currently serves as the focal point of this network for the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Rev. Wilkin is the father of beautiful twins, 5-year-old Anthony & Stephen.

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WELCOME TO CHICAGO

There are so many wonderful things to do while you are in Chicago, including outstanding dining, museums, nightlife, parks, sports, and much more. If you are interested in learning more about what to do while you are in Chicago, or how to get around while you are here, visit our Chicagospecific website sponsored by the Chicago Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Scan the QR code to view the website and make the most out of your time in The Windy City.

Registration/Information Desk

Resource EXPO

MCC’s registration & conference information desk is located at the Chicago Fairmont Hotel B1 level. MCC staff & volunteers will be available here to assist you with any conference related questions.

Visit the Resource EXPO daily to discover our partner organizations, MCC Ministries, Musicians & Sponsors for this conference.

Registration/Information desk schedule:

The Resource EXPO is located on two floors, the Imperial Ballroom Foyer and International Ballroom Foyer. Resource EXPO hours are as follows:

Saturday, June 29 Sunday, June 30 Monday, July 1 Tuesday, July 2 Wednesday, July 3 Thursday, July 4 Friday, July 5

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm 8:00 am – 8:00 pm 8:00 am – 7:00 pm 8:00 am – 7:00 pm 8:00 am – 2:00 pm 8:00 am – 7:00 pm 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

July 1 July 2 July 3 July 4 July 5

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1:30 pm – 7:00 pm 8:00 am – 7:00 pm 8:00 am – 1:00 pm 8:00 am – 7:00 pm 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Hospitality The conference hospitality desk will be available adjacent to the conference registration area on the B1 Level of the hotel. The hospitality team will be available for assistance the same hours as the Registration/Information desk. (See hours above) Special thanks to our Hospitality Team, the U,S. North Central Network, led by Rev. Gordon McCoy & Rev. Rachelle Brown. If you have any questiions about the conference, look for the hospitality team volunteers wearing bright green t-shirts. Be sure to thank them for their hard work & for warmly welcoming us to Chicago. achurch4me MCC Angels of Hope MCC Church of the Holy Spirit MCC Divine Peace MCC Heartland Community MCC Holy Covenant MCC Illiana MCC

MCC of Detroit MCC of the Quad Cities MCC Peoria Milwaukee MCC Reconciliation MCC Redeemer MCC Weathervane Campus Ministries

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GENERAL INFORMATION

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Facebook Event Page

Attention Bloggers & Vloggers!

Join the conference event page on Facebook & share your photos & videos with other conference attendees. The page will remain active after conference to help you connect with new friends you made during the week. Use the QR code on the left & click on “Join” to begin sharing.

Will you be blogging/vlogging about your General Conference experience? We would love to read/hear your posts, videos & pictures. Let us know where to find your entries for a chance to be featured on MCC’s Facebook page & website.

Hashtag - #BelieveMCC We will be using the #BelieveMCC hashtag throughout the week to post updates, news & highlights of this conference. Follow @MCCchurch on Twitter & share your conference experiences using hashtag #BelieveMCC to help add to the conversation.

Visit Chris Baker at the Registration/Information desk for more information.

Share your photos Post your General Conference photos & albums on MCC’s Facebook page. Don’t forget to tag MCC & others in your photos. Upload your conference photos to flickr.com and tag them with a “BelieveMCC” tag.

Affinity Groups visit link above or scan QR code to “like” MCC’s Facebook page

Affinity groups will meet in two time slots during the conference. See the schedule below if you’re interested in participating. Monday, July 1- 9:30 pm Accessibility Affinity Group Embassy Room P.L.A.Y. Affinity Group Gold Room HIV Affinity Group State Room Heterosexual Inclusion Chancellor Room People of African Descent Regent Room Clergy Spouses Crystal Room Young Adults Young Adult Suite

Wednesday, July 3 - 9:00 pm Asian/Asian American Network Embassy Room HIV Affinity Group State Room Trans/GNC Regent Room Older Adults Crystal Room Women’s Affinity Group Gold Room Bi/Pansexual Affinity Group The (often passed over) B in LGBTTIQA Chancellor Room Campus Ministry Network Ambassador Room

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GENERAL INFORMATION Young Adult Programs & Events

Young adults, be sure to join us throughout the week in the Young Adult Hospitality Suite (please see the information desk for location). The space will also be open daily for conversation and prayer. In addition, we are offering exciting programming throughout the week:

If you are a young adult age 18-35, visit link above or scan QR code to join MCC’s Young Adult Group on Facebook

Tuesday, 2 July

Daily Spiritual reflection 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Meet & Greet with Jallen Messersmith 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Wednesday, 3 July

Spiritual reflection 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Retreat & curriculum info session 1:20 pm - 2:00 pm Movie Night (open to teens too) 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Thursday, 4 July

Spiritual reflection 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Prep for YA service (undetermined times)

Friday, 5 July

Spiritual reflection 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Pastoral Care Our pastoral care coordinator for this conference is Rev. Karl Hand. Simply look for name badges with a yellow ribbon to help identify members of the pastoral care team. Additionally, a pastoral care representative will be available at the conference registration desk the following times: Monday 10:00 am - 10:30 am and 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:30 am and 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:30 am and 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Thursday & Friday 9:00 am - 9:30 am and 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

HIV/AIDS Related Programs & Events Free HIV testing T-PAN will provide free HIV testing for any and all attendees. Stop by the Diplomat & Chancellor meeting rooms on Tuesday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm or on Wednesday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm to get tested. Know your status! MCC Honors Chuck Renslow Chicago’s pioneer LGBT, HIV/AIDS and Leather activist and leader, with the Founder’s Award, given by Rev. Elder Troy Perry, at the Opening Service of the Conference, Monday July 2nd at the evening worship service. HIV/AIDS Affinity/Support Groups Come and meet the new global HIV/AIDS Advisory Council Monday, July 1st at 9:30 pm or Wednesday, July 3rd at 9:00 pm in the State Room Workshop: HIV/AIDS: Keeping the Promise and Making the Connections Presented by MCC’s Public Policy Team, Friday, July 5 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Rouge Room Workshop: One Heart, One Mind Presented by Bishop Senyonjo & Bishop Yvette Flunder Thursday, July 4 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Rouge Room Meet Bishop Christopher Senyonjo Bishop Christopher Senyonjo is a courageous Ugandan HIV/AIDS activist and ally of LGBT activists, our guest for the week, who will receive the Human Rights Award at the Human Rights Plenary. Wednesday, July 3 from 11:00 am – 12:45 pm, International Ballroom.

12 Step Meetings General Conference will offer a daily 12 step meeting July 2nd to July 5th at 7:00 am in the Ambassador Meeting Room.

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GENERAL INFORMATION Accessibility

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The MCC Accessibility Advisory Committee offers guidance & expresses priorities to MCC leadership in order to help make our faith communities & denomination more accessible for those living with physical, mental, and/or emotional limitations. As a team, we seek to recommend resources & solutions for making local congregations more accessible, while also advising the Office of Emerging Ministries on ways that the denomination can fully include the differently abled. During this 2013 General Conference, we are blessed to have the opportunity to begin discussion with you! Please consider attending our Orientation for those with special needs on Monday, July 1 at 9:30 am in the Crystal Room or our Accessibility Affinity Group meeting Monday, July 1st at 9:30 pm in the Embassy Room. Help us begin conference by learning more about you, your congregation, & your commitment to accessibility. Throughout conference, you may seek information for accessibility needs from this year’s Accessibility Coordinator, Rev. Mel Martinez. Come to the MCC Accessibility table at the Conference Registration area located on the B1 level of the hotel. Our Committee Members are: Rev. Darren McDonald, MCC Portland Rev. Houston Burnside, MCC San Diego Dr. Connie Kay, Open Circle MCC

Rev. Mel Martinez, Wichita Falls MCC Brett Doig, MCC Brisbane Rev. Edwin Yates, MCC of Flint

More info about team at: http://mccchurch.org/accessibility-advisory-council/

Trans*/GNC Inclusivity Metropolitan Community Church is committed to creating a safe & inclusive conference experience for all of its participants. As a step to create this space for our trans*, intersex, & gender nonconforming guests, we will have gender non-specific restrooms in the hotel. Gender non-specific bathrooms will be located on the three floors where the majority of our worship & workshops are held: the B2 Level, the 2nd floor, & the 3rd floor. We ask that all conference participants respect everyone’s right to a safe space.Those who wish to use gender specific restrooms may access them in the lobby. We have also used signs to identify bathrooms that are wheelchair accessible or have changing tables available for parents & guardians. If you would like to learn more about gender non-specific bathrooms or other things you can do to create safer spaces in your congregation, consider attending the workshop on creating celebratory worship spaces happening on Friday, July 5th in the State Room at 1:30 pm. Join us Wednesday at 9:00 pm in the Regent room for the Trans*/GNC Affinity Group meeting.

Yoga for Fitness We are excited to offer Yoga for Fitness classes daily on Tuesday – Friday from 7:00 am – 8:00 am in the Crystal Room. The classes will be conducted without music. Please bring a yoga mat or a towel. The class will be led by Tammy Scott, who received her Yoga For Fitness Part 1 Certification at East to West Yoga in Toronto, ON, Canada. Tammy has been teaching yoga classes casually since 2006 & we we are grateful to have her lead this event.

Book Signings The following authors will be hosting book signings during the conference: Dr. Bob Johansen Rev. Jerry Troyer Rev. Dr. James Forbes Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy L. Wilson Rev. Don Pederson Rev. Joe Cobb Rev. Debra W. Haffner

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July 1 July 2 July 2 July 3 July 3 July 4 July 4

3:15 pm 12:00 pm 8:30 pm 1:00 pm 1:00 pm 12:30 pm 9:00 am

International Ballroom Foyer Crystal Room Imperial Ballroom Foyer International Ballroom Foyer International Ballroom Foyer Chancellor Room Gold Room

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Held at 22nd & Union, MCC Los Angeles’ first building Special guest Dr. Evelyn Hooker, Chairperson of the Task Force on Homosexuality for the National Institute of Mental Health appointed by US President Lyndon B. Johnson MCC Representatives from 19 United States churches

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FEATURED GUESTS MCC Is proud to welcome the following featured guests to General Conference XXV. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear & see what they have to share with MCC. Daniel Baer

Daniel Baer was sworn in as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor on November 23, 2009. Dr. Baer’s portfolio for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor includes the Office of East Asian Pacific Affairs, the Office of African Affairs, the Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs and the Internet freedom office.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Dr. Baer was an Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he taught business ethics to MBA and undergraduate students. In 2007-2008 he was a Faculty Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Daniel was recently nominated to be the next U.S.Ambassador to the Organization for Security & Coorperation in Europe (OSCE). Bishop Yvette Flunder Bishop Flunder is the Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM), since 2000, the Founding Pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco, and a credentialed clergy in MCC. She is an internationally sought-after preacher, and speaker with a prophetic voice for the 21st Century. She is passionate about theological education for liberation, a frequent adjunct professor at many seminaries. Her church and movement have been on the forefront of HIV/AIDS ministry and outreach to other marginalized communities, addicts, and those who are incarcerated. She serves on the board of our Global Justice Institute & is a colleagial partner for the Elders & Moderator of MCC. Rev. Dr. James Forbes The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr. is The Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor at Union Theological Seminary, Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church, and President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation (all of these institutions of New York City). Forbes, who was installed as the fifth Senior Minister of Riverside on June 1, 1989, and retired on June 1, 2007, was the first African-American to serve as Senior Minister of this multicultural congregation. He is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches and the Original United Holy Church of America. Dr. Forbes has earned three degrees and has been awarded 14 honorary degrees.

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Dr. Sharon Groves Dr. Sharon Groves is the Director of the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign. In this role she has overseen the religion and faith program’s extensive engagement in faith organizing for marriage equality in states across the country, including most recently, Maine, Maryland, and Washington State. She has also overseen the creation of numerous resources, including among others A La Familia, a bilingual guide for Latino/a families struggling with the Bible and LGBT family members, Gender Identity and our Faith Communities, an extensive many-authored guide to faith and transgender understanding, and Out in Scripture, a weekly preaching and devotional commentary for Christians. Prior to joining HRC, Sharon served as editor and managing editor for Feminist Studies, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal housed at the University of Maryland, where she also taught courses in English literature, literature and social change, and women’s studies.

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FEATURED GUESTS Rev. Debra W. Haffner The Reverend Debra W. Haffner is co-founder and President of Religious Institute, Inc. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, she is also the endorsed community minister with the Unitarian Church in Westport, Connecticut, USA. She is the author of several guides for congregations on sexuality as well as books for the general public. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, a Master of Public Health degree from the Yale University School of Medicine and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

Rev. Dr. Bob Johansen Bob has been helping organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future for nearly forty years. As a distinguished fellow at IFTF, he draws on his training in the social sciences and his extensive experience at the edges of multiple disciplines as he interacts with top leaders of business, government, and nonprofit organizations to encourage thoughtful consideration of the long-term future. He was Institute For The Future’s president from 1996 to 2004 and served on its board until 2010; before that he created and led the Technology Horizons Program. The author or co-author of eight books, Bob is a frequent keynote speaker for large groups and also leads small workshops for creative teams. His best-selling Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present was selected as one of the top business books of 2007 and was followed by the complementary Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World, now in its second edition with contributions by the Center for Creative Leadership. Dr. Marcia McFee Dr. Marcia McFee is a ritual artist. Drawing on a first career in professional dance and musical theater and equipped with a Master’s in Theology and a PhD in Liturgical Studies, she understands the role of any artist in the church as that of creating extraordinary portals through which communities journey with the Spirit. The task is at once deeply theological and wildly artistic. Connecting worship professionals and volunteers to their passion and depth of spiritual leadership is her aim in teaching and consulting as well as equipping them to explore diverse expressions of worship with enthusiasm. Dr. McFee has designed and led worship for many regional, national and international denominational gatherings over the last 20 years, coordinating musicians, visual artists, preachers and choirs from around the world. She is the creator and innovator of the Worship Design Studio (www.worshipdesignstudio.com), an online experience of coaching, education, inspiration and a worship design application. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Rev. Gary Paterson Rev. Gary Paterson, the first openly gay moderator of the United Church of Canada, was born in 1949 in the Yukon, an “army brat,” who lived in Toronto and Germany before ending up in Vancouver, where his family has 150 years of farming roots. A couple of degrees in English Literature led to his becoming a Sessional Lecturer at UBC, and a “closet poet.” Then came theological studies in Boston, followed by an internship at Naramata and a final year at VST — a “God struggler” who ended up saying yes to ordination (1977). His ministry has been varied – small congregations, both rural and urban; several years on B.C. Conference Staff , working in the areas of Congregational Support, Social Justice, and Youth and Young Adult Ministry (think Songs for a Gospel People, or the first Young Adult Kairos Conference); then, a call to First United in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, an inner city ministry in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Canada; next, Ryerson United, a large suburban congregation; and now, at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United, the “cathedral-like” church in downtown Vancouver.

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The June 24, 1973 arson fire at the Up Stairs Lounge in New Orleans’ French Quarter is a tragedy that languishes in obscurity; its victims seldom remembered, its perpetrator unknown. New Orleans MCC pastor Reverend Bill Larsen and over a third of the NOLA MCC congregation perished in the fire. The stories of the victims and survivors are compelling, heartbreaking, inspiring and relevant, even today. UPSTAIRS, a new dramatic musical about this deadliest crime against an LGBTQ population in U.S. history, had its critically acclaimed World Premiere at New Orleans Pride 2013, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Up Stairs Lounge fire.

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FEATURED GUESTS Rt. Rev. Disani Christopher Senyonjo Bishop Senyonjo graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1966 and in 1967 also graduated with a Masters of Sacred Theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Later in 1983 he was awarded a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. In the same year, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by Yale Divinity School-New Haven Connecticut. His education and calling have been instrumental to widen his understanding that Human sexuality is both heterosexual and LGBTQ. He was Diocesan Bishop of West Buganda Diocese for 24 years.After his retirement in 1998 later he became an active Advocate and Counselor of the LGBTQ people since 2001AD. He is the Founder /Executive Director of St. Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Centre, Kampala (SPREC). The Centre unreservedly advocates for Human rights of all People. He has participated in CALL ME KUTCHU and GOD LOVES UGANDA films that are being screened to portray the status of the Ugandan LGBTQ people. John H. Thomas

John H. Thomas is “Senior Advisor to the President and Visiting Professor of Ministry Studies” at Chicago Theological Seminary. He began his position at CTS in January, 2010. Prior to this he was the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ from 1999 to 2009. He has also served as ecumenical officer of the United Church of Christ (1992-1999) and as the pastor of two local churches (First Congregational Church, UCC, Cheshire, Connecticut, 1975-1981, and First United Church of Christ, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1982-1991). John Thomas is a native of Connecticut and is a graduate of Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (1972) and Yale Divinity School (1975). He has received honorary doctorates from Eden Theological Seminary, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and Elmhurst College. He has served on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, the Executive Board of the National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA, and is the author of numerous articles on ecumenical and denominational themes. He is currently the chair of the Leadership Council of Churches for Middle East Peace and serves on the Board of Directors of AriseChicago. Peterson Toscano Peterson Toscano is a theatrical performance activist using comedy and storytelling to address social justice concerns. He spent 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting (and failing) to change his same-sex orientation. He is frequently featured in the media and has appeared in the New York Times, NPR Morning Edition, The Tyra Banks Show, and The Guardian. He helped produce and appears in the award-winning documentary film,“This is What Love in Action Looks Like” He has been published in The New Statesmen and in LGBTQ anthologies including the Lambda Literary Award winning “Gender Outlaws–The Next Generation” (edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman) A member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Peterson lives in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA with his husband, the South African author, Glen Retief.

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MODERATOR’S CIRCLE Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman . John Adkins . Bonnie Alberti and Wendy LaChaunce . Rev. Cathy Alexander . Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos and Kala Payne . Rev. Sky Anderson and Ofelia Fay Anderson . Rev. Elder Charlie Arehart and David Black . Dr. Gail Atchison and Rev. Gail Rawson . Anne Atwell . Marvin Bagwell . Joe Baker Jr . Rev. Pat Bumgardner and Mary Jane Gibney . Annette Beall and Carolyn Gay . Rev. Mark Beckett . Rev. Renwick Bell . Raquel Benitez and Carmen Llanos . Douglas ‡”‰‡”ƒÂ?†Šƒ™Â?‘…Š”ƒÂ?Ǥ‡˜Ǥ ‹Â?‹”Â?‹––Ǥ‘„›‹•Š‘’ƒÂ?†‡˜‹Â?‘™Â?‡”ǤŠƒ”Ž‡Â?‡ƒÂ?†Ž‹œƒ„‡–Š‹•‘”†‹ǤǤ ǤŽƒ…Â?„—”Â?ǤŠƒ”Ž‹‡Ž›–Š‡ƒÂ?† ‡ƥÂ?‹–ŠǤ‡˜Ǥ ”ǤŠ‘Â?ĥ‘Šƒ…Š‡ƒÂ?†‘Â?ƒ—‰Š‹Â?‰™‘Žˆ‹Â?Â?‘Â?•Ǥ‡˜Ǥ ƒÂ?‹…‡‘™Â?‡”ƒÂ?†ƒ”‹Â?ƒƒ™•Ǥƒ–‘›†ƒÂ?†Šƒ”‘Â?›Ž˜‡•–‡”Ǥ Â”ÂƒĆĄÂ‘Â”Â†Ǥƒ–‡”ƒÂ?•Ƥ‡Ž†Ǥ—•‹‡ Brenner and Linda Brenner-Beckstead . Rev. Elder Lillie Brock . Rev. Lorraine Brock . Bruce Brooks and Charles Kline . Rev. Onetta Brooks . Ann S. Brown . Rev. Dr. Lea Brown and Sarah-Helen Land . D. Anne Bruetsch . Adrian Buganey . Liz Bupp . Rev. Dr. Stephanie Burns and Tracey Kennedy . Rev. Houston Burnside . Rev. Jane Carl and Rev. Susan Deitrick . James Carpenter and Dean Turner . Marian Cavagnaro . Marion G. Cenci . Rev. Carol Chambers . Rev. Suzie Chamness . David Chatterton . Carlos Chavez and Roman Perez . Rev. Joe Cobb . Thomas Ray Coe . Robert Cooley . Barb Crabtree . Ann Craig . Rev. Carlos Cruz . Rev. Dee and Judy Dale . Angela and Erica Davis . Elaine Davis and Lois Clark . Joann Davis and Margaret Byrum . Wayne Davis . James Day and Charles Gallagher . Adam DeBaugh . Rev. Dr. Michael Diaz . Rev. Lori Dick . Mark and Mittie Dick . Dave Dishman . Brett Doig . Rev. Dr. Y. M. Dozier . Rev. Dr. Renee DuBose and Dondi Vickers DuBose . Rev. Terri Echelbarger and Eileen McCree . Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston . Rev. David and David Eichelberger . Rev. Thomas Emmett III . Rev. Joy Etwell . Dr. Gail Evans . Rev. David Farrell and Gilbert Caldwell . Don Ferrell and Ronn Valent . Patricia Fester and Julie Ramza . Rev. Elder Diane Fisher . Rev. Victor H. Floyd and Lou Grosso . John and Colleen ‘Ž‡›Ǥ‡˜ǤÂ?–Š‘Â?› ”‡‡Â?ƒÂ?Ǥ‡˜Ǥƒ”„ƒ”ƒ ”‡‡Â?ƒÂ?ƒÂ?†‡„‡……ƒ‹ŽƒÂ?Ǥ‡„ƒ ƒ„‡ŽǤ‡˜Ǥ ‡”Â? ÂƒĆĄÂ‡Â›ƒÂ?†ƒ—”ƒƒŽ–‘Â?Ǥ ‘ŠÂ? ƒ”…‹ƒƒÂ?†Ž”‘› ƒŠÂ?Ǥ‡˜Ǥ Elder Darlene Garner and Rev. Candy Holmes . Rev. Charley Garrison and Mark Barnett . Vickey Gibbs and Cassandra White . Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline . Dan Grieser .

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PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS Sunday - 30 June 2013 8:30 am – 9:30 am

9:30 am – 12:00 pm Pride Parade Participant Gathering If you are marching with one of MCC’s parade groups, please use this time to connect with the group leaders to direct you to the meeting place for your group. 12:00 am – 4:00 pm Chicago Pride Parade

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Pre-Pride Rally & Spiritual Send Off Rev. Elder Troy D. Perry (limited seating available) Rouge Room

9:00 am – 8:00 pm Registration & Info Desk B1 Level

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6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Volunteer Orientation Volunteer Coordinator: Dominic Kessell State Room 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm God Loves Uganda Film Screening State Room 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Be a GEM Reception By invitation only

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Monday - 1 July 2013

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9:00 am – 5:30 pm Children & Youth Program Royal/Regal Rooms

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Book Signing with Dr. Bob Johansen International Ballroom Foyer

9:30 am – 10:30 am Orientation for those with Special Needs Crystal Room Network Leader Gathering Embassy Room

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Business Forum ITF Proposals & Governing Board Candidate Introductions International Ballroom

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Supervising Clergy Training Ambassador Room

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Orientation to General Conference Hosted by Governing Board member Bryan Parker & Rev. Elder Darlene Garner Gold Room 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Board of Pensions USA Meeting All are welcome, especially US Clergy Crystal Ballroom MCC in Canada National Meeting Chancellor Room

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12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break L.E.A.D. Reunion Lunch Bring your own lunch Ambassador Room Ecumenical Team Lunch Bring your own lunch Embassy Room 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Keynote & Opening Plenary Leading with Faith in the Future

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Opening Worship Then The World Might Believe Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson Imperial Ballroom

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Opening Reception International Ballroom Foyer 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm Affinity Group Meetings Accessibility/Disability Embassy Room P.L.A.Y. Group Gold Room HIV Affinity Group State Room Heterosexual Inclusion Chancellor Room People of African Descent Regent Room Clergy Spouses Crystal Room Young Adults Young Adult Suite

Featuring Dr. Bob Johansen International Ballroom

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1:00 pm – 7:00 pm Resource EXPO Imperial/International Foyer

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Morning Worship Believe in Transformation Rev. Elder Darlene Garner Imperial Ballroom 10:00 am – 4:00 pm visit link above or scan QR code for the Business Meeting webpage & documents

HIV Testing - Provided by T-PAN Diplomat & Chancellor Rooms 10:45 am – 12:00 pm General Conference Business Meeting International Ballroom

POP TOPICS 11:00 am – 11:25 am EXCEL EXCEL Ministries Gold Room

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS POP TOPICS 11:30 am – 11:55 am As You Believe Rev. Jerry Troyer Crystal Room 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Break R.E.V.M. Reunion (bring your own lunch) Ambassador Room 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm General Conference Business Meeting International Ballroom

POP TOPICS 1:30 pm – 1:55 pm Creating Acceptance with African-American Faith Communities Rev. Roland Stringfellow Gold Room 2:00 pm – 2:25 pm Engaging the Body Sparking Our Spirits Ecumenical & Inter-Religious Team Crystal Room 2:30 pm – 2:55 pm Faith in Action Fred Cannady Gold Room 3:00 pm – 3:25 pm Religiously Queer: A Pastoral Care Approach to Working with Trans & Gender Non Conforming folks in Uganda Angel Collie Crystal Room

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Special Guest, Susan Savell of the United Church of Christ Board of Homeland Ministries Special Guest Gregory Baum, Former Roman Catholic Priest & Professor of Theology & Religion Conference votes to change the frequency of conferences to every two years

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In Honor of Rev. Steve Torrence - Dottie Harden The Wine Cottage on Eaton

Congratulations Rev. Elder Troy Perry on

45 years in MCC

- Founders Metropolitan Community Church Los Angeles, California

In Honor of Rev. Steve Torrence - Jan Marie Weatherhead

In Memory of Chuck Vickers With love, Phil Griffin & Carl Johnson

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Tuesday - 2 July 2013 (continued) POP TOPICS

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

3:30 pm – 3:55 pm Helping You Engage Through Social Media Jaymes Grace Gold Room

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4:00 pm – 4:35 pm Believe in the Possibility of Easily Greening Your Church Mike Easterling Crystal Room 4:30 pm – 4:55 pm Elements of Change Dar Parugganan & Lisa Styers Gold Room 5:00 pm – 5:25 pm Music & its Role in Shaping Global Justice Efforts John Fischer Crystal Room

Dinner Break 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Evening Worship Believe that Destiny Stands in the Need of Us Rev. Dr. James Forbes Imperial Ballroom

9:00 pm – 10:30 pm Transfigurations A performance by Peterson Toscano Rouge Room Moderator’s Circle Reception Gold Room (invitation only, ticket required) God Loves Uganda - Film Screening State Room

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Wednesday - 3 July 2013 7:00 am – 8:00 am Moderator’s Circle Breakfast (by invitation only, ticket required) Rouge Room 12-Step Meeting Ambassador Room Yoga Crystal Room 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Registration & Info Desk B1 Level Resource EXPO Imperial/International Foyer Children & Youth Program Royal and Regal Rooms 8:15 am – 9:00 am Global Readings of the Bible Rev. Boon Lin Ngeo Gold Room 9:30 am – 10:30 am

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Morning Worship Believe in Possibilities Rev. Pressley Sutherland Imperial Ballroom

10:00 am – 2:00 pm HIV Testing - Provided by T-PAN Diplomat & Chancellor Rooms 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

Plenary - Believing & Becoming the Human Rights Church: How our Global Justice Institute is Shaping Our Global Ministry Featuring Human Rights Award recipient Rt. Rev. Disani Christopher Senyonjo & Daniel Baer

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Book Signing Rev. Don Pederson International Ballroom Foyer Book Signing Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson International Ballroom Foyer 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm Free Time We encourage you to take this time to enjoy our host city, spend some time with conference friends or take some time to reflect on your conference experience. 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Evening Worship Believe in Wholeness Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West Imperial Ballroom

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Affinity Groups Asian/Asian-American Network Embassy Room HIV Affinity Group State Room Trans/GNC Regent Room Older Adults Crystal Room Women’s Affinity Group Gold Room Bi/Pansexual Affinity Group The (often passed over) B in LGBTTIQA Chancellor Room Campus Ministry Network Ambassador Room

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Special Guests included Virginia Mollenkott, Rosaland Rinker, Harry Britt & actor Ed Asner Rev. Elders Jeri Ann Harvey & Jean White elected to Board of Elders

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Thursday - 4 July 2013 7:00 am – 8:00 am 12-Step Meeting Ambassador Room Yoga Crystal Room 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Children & Youth Program Royal & Regal Rooms 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Registration & Info Desk B1 Level Resource EXPO Imperial/International Foyer 8:15 am – 9:00 am Global Readings of the Bible Rev. Debra W. Haffner Gold Room Book Signing with Rev. Debra W. Haffner immediately following bible study. 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Morning Worship Believe in Our Sacred Creativity Natasha Holmes & Angel Collie

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Imperial Ballroom

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

WORKSHOPS The Internet, Sex, & Your Congregation Rev. Debra W. Haffner & J. Michael Cobb Rouge Room Rev. Dr. James Forbes Preaching Institute Part 1 Rev. Dr. James Forbes Gold Room Programming for a Landscape that is Spiritual but not Religious Rev. Elders Ken Martin & Lillie Brock Crystal Room

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11:00 am – 12:30 pm (continued)

WORKSHOPS Be an Excellent Employer Barb Crabtree, Miriam Chacon-Peralta & Patricia Hunter State Room Faith and In/Tolerance in Eastern Europe Florin Buhuceanu & Rev. Jim Mulcahy Regent Room Planting Hispanic Ministries (Spanish) Rev. Elder Hector Gutiérrez & Rev. Carmen Margarita Sánchez De León Diplomat Room

POP TOPICS 11:00 am – 11:25 am Talking the Walk, and Walking the Talk Rev. Dr. B.K. Hipsher Chancellor Room 11:30 am – 11:55 am Thinking About Seminary? How to Navigate the Application & Discernment Process Meagan Harris Ambassador Room 12:00 pm – 12:25 pm beOpen: The Spiritual Practice of Reconciliation (Followed by Book Signing) Rev. Joe Cobb Chancellor Room One Church Campaign: Preparing Your Congregation to Do Social Justice One Church Campaign Team Embassy Room 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Break OFLD Lunch Presenter John Thomas (limited seating available) Ambassador Room

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Special Guests included Joan L. Clarke, Dr. Loretta J. Williams, Dr. John S. Penney & Rabbi Allen Bennett First Lay Elder, Michael Mank, elected to Board of Elders Inclusive Language policy debated & passed by General Conference

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Thursday - 4 July 2013 (continued) 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

WORKSHOPS

2:30 pm – 2:55 pm

One Heart, One Mind Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, Bishop Yvette Flunder, Dan Baer, Sharon Cox & Rev. Joseph Rouge Room

Pastoral Care After a Disaster Rev. Joy Etwell Chancellor Room

Rev. Dr. James Forbes Preaching Institute, Part 2 - Preaching for Liberation in the 21st Century Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins, Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Rev. Dr. Lea Brown, Rev. DeWayne Davis, Rev. Carmen Margarita Sánchez De León Gold Room Church Size Theory Matters Rev. Elders Lillie Brock & Ken Martin Crystal Room Bibliodrama - Making the Word Become Flesh Peterson Toscano State Room Developing a Healthy Emerging Ministry Rev. Carol Chambers, Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell & Rev. Dr. Tony Thieman-Somora Regent Room

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Our Diversity - Model of Inclusion in Iberoamerica’s Network (Spanish) Rev. Carmen Margarita Sánchez De León & Rev. Elder Hector Gutiérrez Diplomat Room

POP TOPICS 1:30 pm – 1:55 pm Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship L.E.A.D. Developing Our Laity For Leadership Barry Hundley, Nancy Maxwell & Phil Griffin Chancellor Room 2:00 pm – 2:25 pm visit link above or scan QR code for full event descriptions and presenter information

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POP TOPICS

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Plenary - Focus on the Future Presented by the Council of Elders Imperial Ballroom

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Plenary - A Holy Conversation: Believing in the Future of MCC Leadership, As We Prepare for Our Next Moderator Hosted by The Governing Board, with help from our Theologies Team & Young Adults Imperial Ballroom 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Dinner Break 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Evening Worship From “I Am” to “We Are” Rev. Wes Mullins

Imperial Ballroom

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm OFLD Clergy Reception (by invitation only) Crystal Room 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Alfredo’s Fire - Film Screening State Room

MMBB Financial Services Patricia Hunter Ambassador Room General Conference XI - Many Gifts, One Spirit - Toronto, Ontario, Canada t t t t

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FRIDAY - 5 July 2013 7:00 am – 8:00 am 12 Step Meeting Ambassador Room Yoga Crystal Room 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Children & Youth Program Royal & Regal Rooms 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Registration & Info Desk B1 Level Resource EXPO Imperial/International Foyer 8:15 am – 9:00 am Global Readings of the Bible Rev. Dr. Axel Schwaigert Gold Room 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Morning Worship Believe in the Grace of Now Rev. Elder Hector Gutiérrez visit link above or scan QR code to view the General Conference Worship Bulletins

Imperial Ballroom

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

WORKSHOPS HIV and AIDS: Keeping the Promise and Making the Connections Rev. Renee McCoy, Rev. Jim Merritt, Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin, Rev. Jorge Delgado-Rivas Rouge Room Stewardship: What Really Works in the Local Church? Rev Elders Ken Martin & Lillie Brock & panel of MCC Leaders Gold Room

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11:00 am – 12:30 pm

WORKSHOPS Be MCC: Making the MCC Brand Work for You! Rev. Joseph Tolton & Barb Crabtree State Room Be Inclusive Rev. Elder Darlene Garner & Vickey Gibbs Regent Room Reproductive Justice: The Queer Connections Dr. Cheryl Anderson Ambassador Room The Right of Marriage (Spanish) Rev. Cristiano Valerío, Rev. Victor Bracuto, Rev. Araceli Ezzatti Diplomat Room

POP TOPICS 11:00 am – 11:25 am Compassion as Church Growth Strategy Mike Easterling Chancellor Room 11:30 am – 11:55 am Seeking Asylum Ecumenical & Inter-Religious Team Embassy Room 11:30 am – 11:55 am The Gift of Presence Barry Christensen Chancellor Room 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Break

The Spirit of God is Blowing: Are you Ready, MCC? MCC Theologies Team Crystal Room

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FRIDAY - 5 July 2013 (Continued) 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

WORKSHOPS MCC in Iberoamerica & the Hispanic Communities Rev. Elder Hector Gutiérrez, Rev. Carmen Margarita Sánchez De León Regent Room Ensuring Finances Support Spiritual Growth – How to Be an Effective Church Business Manager Sarah-Jane Ramage & Barb Crabtree Ambassador Room Oh *!@%!! Is it Sunday Already? Worship Design as an Art Form Dr. Marcia McFee Imperial Ballroom Global Justice: A Movement of Faith Rev. Boon Lin Ngeo, Rev. Elder Hector Gutiérrez, Rev. Jorge Delgado-Rivas, Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin, Devon Cammock, Florin Buhuceanu, Yury Maximov, & Rev. Joseph Tolton Rouge Ballroom Transformational Leadership in a Vibrant Church Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, Shelly Morris & Rev. Elder Don Eastman Gold Room

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MCC Clergy Talking SEX Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West & Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos Crystal Room Beyond Inclusion: Creating Trans* & GNC Celebratory Congregations in MCC Angel Collie State Room

POP TOPICS 1:30 pm – 1:55 pm Supporting LGBT + Justice Efforts at Religious Schools Rev. Darren McDonald Embassy Room

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POP TOPICS 2:00 pm – 2:25 pm The Moderator’s Circle: Advancing MCC’s Mission in the 21st Century Rev. James N. “Jim” Birkitt Chancellor Room 2:30 pm – 2:55 pm Be Part of MCC’s Advocacy Network on Public Policy and Global Justice Moderator’s Public Policy Team Embassy Room 3:00 pm – 3:25 pm Are You Called to Pastoral Ministry? Rev. Jeff Miner Chancellor Room 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

WORKSHOPS Music in Worship: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going Daniel Arredondo & Mike Haase Imperial Ballroom Gamble Everything for Love Rev. Gary Paterson Rouge Room Be Strategic: Planning for the Future of Your Church Gail Rissler Gold Room MCC Churches Today: What Have We Learned About Church Life & Health? Rev. Elders Ken Martin & Lillie Brock Crystal Room Be Visible in Your Local Community: Media Training to Amplify Your Voice and Story Rev. Candy Holmes & Ann Craig State Room

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Guest Speaker Rev. Carl Bean, founding prelate of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement Guest Marguerite Donoghue, Senior Associate for Legislative Affairs of the AIDS ActionCouncil in Washington, D.C. Paul Ako Kawata, Executive Director of National AIDS Network 41 Special guest, activist Father Daniel Barragan Elder Larry Rodriguez, second lay person & first Latino elected to Board of Elders 6/17/2013 2:49:25 PM


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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FRIDAY - 5 July 2013 (Continued) WORKSHOPS

POP TOPICS

Contemplation and Action in the Work of Justice Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West & Dr. Sharon Groves Regent Room

4:30 pm – 4:55 pm Exploring Ordained Ministry in MCC Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos Embassy Room

Equality and Diversity in the History of Marriage: Why Some Things Have Changed More Than You Would Think Helen Berry Ambassador Room

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Alliances for Human Rights (Spanish) Rev. George Gonzalez Medrano Diplomat Room

POP TOPICS

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Dinner Break 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Closing Worship Believe “That God Sent Us� Rev. Jeff Miner Imperial Ballroom

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Closing Reception in Honor of Rev. Elder Ken Martin International Foyer

3:30 pm – 3:55 pm Beyond the Walls Young Adults in MCC Rev. Melissa Smithee Embassy Room 4:00 pm – 4:25 pm The Future of the Global UFMCC Discussion with the ITF Members of the International Task Force Chancellor Room

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Guest Beatrice Bell, death penalty opponent & mother of one of the victims in the Atlanta Child Murder case Budget passed for full-time HIV/AIDS Field Director

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In Memory of Harry Dale Hunter

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WORSHIP SERVICES

We will not be providing printed worship bulletins in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint that our conference has on the environment. All worship bulletin information will appear on the screens in the worship space. You may also follow along on your smart-phone or tablet PC by viewing the digital version of the worship bulletins. Scan the QR code located on this page to view the digital worship bulletins daily. If you choose to use a digital device to read the worship bulletins during worship, please be mindful of those sitting next to you and silence the device.

MONDAY - 1 JULY 2013

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Opening Worship – “Then the World Might Believe” Main Speaker: Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson Focus Ministry: General Conference The 45th year of MCC and the 25th General Conference begins in Chicago, the home of the Magnificent Mile, with a spectacular worship service featuring the preaching of MCC Moderator, Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, and processional of all our clergy and other leaders from around the globe.

TUESDAY - 2 JULY 2013 - BELIEVE IN DESTINY Morning – Believe in Transformation Main Speaker: Rev. Elder Darlene Garner Focus Ministry: New Church Starts The movement toward our destiny includes ongoing transformation. Through engaging song and story in worship, experience ways we intertwine into a garment displaying the ever transforming body of MCC. Remind yourself who we are and who we are called to be as we go into the day of business. Evening – Believe that Destiny Stands in the Need of Us Main Speaker: Rev. Dr. James Forbes Focus Ministry: Global Justice Institute The work of peace and justice calls us to be a holy, bold witness! A partner in the ongoing work of justice, Rev. Dr. James Forbes delivers a message in chorus with International MCC voices. Discover the ever-expanding world of MCC.

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General Conference XV - I Have Opened a Door - Phoenix, Arizona, USA t t t

Special guest Urvashi Vaid, former director of National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Special guest Daniel Maguire, professor of Moral Theology Special guest Alexandra M. Levine, Professor of Medicine at UCLA

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In Honor of Rev. Elder M. Diane Fisher - Gentle Shepherd MCC of Tallahassee

In Honor of Rev. Steve Torrence - John Holder

In Honor of Rev. Candy Holmes & Rev Elder Darlene Garner - National Black Justice Coalition

In Honor of Rev. Steve Torrence

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WORSHIP SERVICES WEDNESDAY - 3 JULY 2013 - BELIEVE IN POSSIBILITIES Morning – Believe in Possibilities Main Speaker: Rev. Pressley Sutherland Focus Ministry: Office of Church Life and Health This morning worship service will reveal a Jazz style of music and spoken word demonstrating a myriad of possibilities, easily adaptable for your home church. A little Chicago. A little New Orleans. All MCC.You won’t want to miss this service! Evening – Believe in Wholeness Main Speaker: Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West Focus Ministry: Office of Formation & Leadership Development Our need to Be Whole includes all of our body, mind, and spirit. Explore many types and forms of healing through testimony and the leadership of Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West. This evening of worship opens possibilities to multiple holistic paths toward physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

THURSDAY - 4 JULY 2013 - BELIEVE IN WHAT CAN BE Morning – Believe in Our Sacred Creativity Main Speakers: Natasha Holmes & Angel Collie Focus Ministry: South Korean World Council of Churches Participation (October 2013) We all share the divine spark. Unleash your creativity in this morning worship service that engages a wide range of arts and expressions, including hands-on opportunities to connect our sacred and creative selves.

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Evening – From “I Am” to “We Are” (Young Adult Worship Service) Main Speaker: Rev. Wes Mullins Focus Ministry: Young Adult Ministry One of the major highlights of the Acapulco General Conference is back: the Young Adults Service! A vision of the future arises through the voices of MCC Youth. Rev. Wes Mullins, with the next generation of MCC, creatively steps into the future through song, word, and dance. It is expected to be a highlight of the week!

FRIDAY - 5 JULY 2013 - BELIEVE IN GRACE Morning – Believe in the Grace of Now Main Speaker: Rev. Elder Hector Gutiérrez Focus Ministry: The Garner Institute for Iberoamerica Leadership Training Engage your whole being in a journey from doubt, to grace, to belief as we worship together in song, silence, and spoken word. Rev. Elder Hector Gutiérrez leads a series of meditations in both English and Spanish into “The Grace of Now.” Closing Worship – Believe “That God Sent Us” Main Speaker: Rev. Jeff Miner Focus Ministry: Global Development Mission Fund (especially Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe) Wrap up the week of learning and worship, rekindling and forming new connections, renewal and fresh direction, through a call to BELIEVE that God sends US. Celebrate in this closing worship with Rev. Jeff Miner, special music, and hear the announcement of the location of the 2016 General Conference!

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General Conference XVI - For All the Nations - Phoenix, Arizona, USA t t t

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, first African-American elected to Board of Elders Rev. Elder Hong Tan, first Asian elected to Board of Elders Guest Speakers Father John McNeill, Dr. Mel White, Civil Rights Activist & Author David Mixner, Author Marie Fortune

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In Honor of REV. DR. SHERRY L. KENNEDY SunCoast Cathedral MCC, Venice, FL Our Mentor & Pastor - Carole Weissman & Bonnie Moore

In Honor of CARL JOHNSON - Phil Griffin

In Memory of REV. JEAN R. HART With love, Gail G. Evans

In Honor of REV. STEVE TORRENCE - M. Campbell Cawood

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General Conference XXV Tentative Business Schedule & Meeting Agenda Chicago Fairmont Hotel, International Ballroom Monday, 1 July 2013 10:30 am until 12:00 Noon Orientation to General Conference: Business Meeting 101 Where does one sit? How does one cast a vote? How does one get to speak? What are we going to talk about? What else do I need to know to be prepared for the business meeting? Come & get a sneak preview of what to expect during the General Conference business meeting. 3:30 pm until 5:30 pm Business Forum No binding decisions can be made during the forum. The forum is a time for questions, answers, & sharing points of view. Meet the Governing Board Candidates. Tuesday, 2 July 2013 10:45 am until 12:00 Noon Business Meeting: Seating, Quorum, Adoption of Procedures, Network Leader Recognition - Moderated by Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson Noon until 1:30 pm Lunch Break 1:30 pm until 5:00 pm Governing Board Election, Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship (L.E.A.D.) Graduation, Business Meeting Reports of the Moderator, Report of the Governing Board, Report of the International Task Force, Strategic Priorities, Bylaws & Introduction of Moderator’s Nominating Committee

Do you need a copy of the business packet documents? You can find these on the Business Page of the General Conference website. Scan the QR code on the right or visit the Business Page of the General Conference Website: http://believe.MCCchurch.org

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General Conference XVII - All Things Are Possible - Atlanta, Georgia, USA t t

Special Guests Author Chandler Burr, Associate Professor at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Dr. Randall Bailey, Author Eric Rofes, Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Glamorgan, Dr. Elizabeth Stuart March to The King Center, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 49

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In Thanksgiving for your Ministry & Friendship; Rev. Nancy Wilson & Paula Schoenwether CONGRATULATIONS Metropolitan Community Church Of Greater Saint Louis On 40 years of ministry in October (2013)

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PLENARY SESSIONS Monday, 1 July 2013 - Leading with Faith in the Future Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bob Johansen Moderated by: Rev. Elder Lillie Brock From our earliest days, MCC has believed that our Destiny and vision includes a transformational global message and ministry that follows Jesus and works for justice. 45 years later, MCC has ministries and churches in at least 40 countries. The world has not only changed dramatically in 45 years, but the speed of change has increased. As we face the next 10, 20 years or more, what kind of world will we be living in? What kind of spiritual, religious and political environment will re-shape us? What kind of transformational faith and flexibility and leadership will be required of us? As we begin this 25th General Conference, MCC takes a bold, long, challenging look ahead at what the Holy Spirit may be requiring of us!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013 - Believing and Becoming The Human Rights Church: How Our Global Justice Institute is Shaping Our Global Ministry Hosted jointly by Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson & Rev. Pat Bumgardner This plenary will include recognition of our Human Rights Award winner, Ugandan activist and hero Bishop Senyonjo, and a special guest speaker Daniel Baer. We will be introducing to the General Conference the Global Justice Institute (JGI), now a partnership between MCC and The Fellowship of Affirming Churches. We will explore how MCC’s global vision for human rights is enhanced and made concrete by the work of the GJI in many places in the world today.

Thursday, 4 July 2013 Focus on the Future with the Council of Elders The Elders will have an open conversation on the history, present and future of Elders in MCC, from a personal and missional point of view, with time for questions and answers.

Thursday, 4 July 2013 - A Holy Conversation: Believing in the Future of MCC Leadership as we Get Ready for Our Next Moderator!

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Hosted by The Governing Board, with help from our Theologies Team & Young Adults As we consider our plenary from Monday on MCC’s future, we now turn to the questions of electing the 3rd Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches at our General Conference in three years. A diverse, global panel will then respond to what they have heard and lead us in an engaging conversation about our hopes and fears, our dreams, our values and theology, as we prepare to choose a new Moderator and look ahead to the future of leadership in MCC. The Moderator’s Nominating Committee will be visible and present for this conversation and available at Listening Posts at various times during the conference.

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

General Conference workshops are sponsored by MCC’s Offices of Church Life & Health, Emerging Ministries, Formation & Leadership Development, The Moderator & Operations. Scan the QR codes on any of the workshop pages to read more about the presenters. Be an Excellent Employer Presented by: Barb Crabtree, Miriam Chacon-Peralta, and Patricia Hunter Sponsored by: Office of Operations Thursday, 4 July, 11:00am – 12:30pm – State Room Churches are employers, with the ongoing need to manage decisions that will make your church an attractive employer. How does your church compare to other employment options available to key ministry leaders such as pastors, music directors, and staff? This workshop will give you tools to reshape the way you think about your church as an excellent employer. t What is your compensation and benefits plan, and how does it compare to others? t Do your plans encourage long-term service, or do they encourage your pastor and staff to look elsewhere after a period of time? t Do you have an employment policy handbook? t How confident do you feel in recruiting and interviewing candidates? t Do you know what you can and cannot legally ask in an interview?

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Be Inclusive Presented by: Vickey Gibbs and Rev. Elder Darlene Garner Sponsored by: Office of Emerging Ministries Friday, 5 July, 11:00am – 12:30pm – Regent Room Being an inclusive church requires more than merely saying that we are. Becoming an inclusive church is to embark on an intentional journey of transformation that leads us from self-awareness to diversity and then onward toward inclusivity. This workshop will introduce the eight Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Councils and offer participants an increased awareness of what is needed for our churches to reach, respect, and be inclusive of all people — especially those people who are heterosexuals, young adults, older adults, of African descent, impacted by HIV/AIDS, trans* and gender nonconforming, living with disabilities, and women.

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS Be MCC: Making the MCC Brand Work for You! Presented by: Joseph Tolton and Barb Crabtree Sponsored by: Office of Operations Friday, 5 July, 11:00am – 12:30pm – State Room Led by Joseph Tolton, Principal at Blur Advertising and Barb Crabtree, Director of Operations, MCC, this workshop will provide insights and practical applications for leveraging the MCC brand initiatives in your local church. Clergy, Board Members, and ministry leaders who work on communications, advertising, and website development in local MCC churches should not miss this workshop! Be Strategic: Planning for the Future of Your Church Presented by: Gail Rissler Sponsored by: Office of Operations Friday, 5 July, 3:30pm – 5:00pm – Gold Room What has God called your church to do and how will you accomplish it with the midst of limited resources and daily challenges? Strategic planning addresses accomplishing your church vision even in the most trying of times. It improves the long-term life of your church and the health growth of your congregation. Learn about this systematic process used for developing your church vision, mission, core strategies and five-year action plan. And, find out how it is already working in MCC churches. Be Visible in Your Local Community: Media Training to Amplify Your Voice and Story Presented by: Ann Craig and Rev. Candy Holmes Sponsored by: Office of Operations Friday, 5 July, 3:30pm – 5:00pm – State Room Do you or your church leaders organize events and then ask, “How do we get a reporter was here to write a story about this?” Or perhaps, your local newspaper wants to interview you to be a voice of faith on an issue. How do you prepare? This workshop will present information and tools for just those kinds of situations and more. MCC leaders have stories to tell. Learn why your voice is important and how to share your story well. Who should attend: t$MFSHZBOEMBJUZXIPXBOUUPMFBSONPSFBCPVUXIZNFEJBJTJNQPSUBOUGPSUFMMJOHUIFTUPSJFT that change hearts and minds, and how to engage media.

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Beyond Inclusion: Creating Trans* and GNC Celebratory Congregations in MCC Presented by: Angel Collie Sponsored by: Office of Emerging Ministries Friday, 5 July, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – State Room This workshop will begin with a brief interactive activity that gives us all an opportunity to connect around our individual experiences with gender in our lives no matter what our backgrounds are! From there we will move on to imagine together what inclusive and celebratory congregations might look like and explore the ways in which our congregations can grow to fully welcome trans and gender non-conforming folks in our midst. We will ask critical questions including: Is our congregation a safe space for trans and gender nonconforming members? Does our congregation celebrate trans and GNC people’s lives through our liturgies and worship? Are trans and GNC people empowered and represented in positions of leadership? Through answering these questions we will dream together about ways to move our congregations into fully celebrating trans and gender non-conforming members! Come ready to discuss strategies, best practices, and build lasting partnerships, as we BELIEVE in the power of our collective vision of radically welcoming congregations.

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS Bibliodrama – Making the Word Become Flesh Presented by: Peterson Toscano Sponsored by: Office of Formation and Leadership Development Thursday, 4 July, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – State Room Peterson Toscano does not only perform Bible stories, he actually studies the Bible through acting out Biblical narratives. Using theater and movement, Peterson will facilitate a Bible study that embodies a text. Revealing, fun, and easy to do, participants gain new insights into a Bible story and into their own lives. The practical skills gained in the session can then be used in your own Bible study either alone or in a group. Peterson facilitates the performance process in a safe, nonthreatening environment. Church Size Theory Matters!!! Presented by: Rev. Elder Ken Martin & Rev. Elder Lillie Brock Sponsored by: Office of Church Life and Health Thursday, 4 July, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Crystal Room What have we really learned after assessing 114 MCC churches through the lens of Church Size Theory (CST)? How do we measure church health now? What does your church’s leadership need to be focusing on right now? Now that we know what we know… what comes next? We will answer these questions and yours during this interactive workshop. You do not have to have attended a Size Summit to benefit from this workshop. Contemplation & Action in the Work of Justice Presented by: Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West and Dr. Sharon Groves Sponsored by: Office of Formation and Leadership Development Friday, 5 July, 3:30pm – 5:00pm – Regent Room Queer theory has taught us to be suspicious of binary systems with regard to gender and sexual orientation. Contemplation and action are no different. To set these two approaches to spirituality and justice-making in a binary relationship polarizes the queer community into those “more passive” and those “more active.” Presenters will explore the relationship between contemplation and action recognizing that one cannot exist without the other. Understanding and practicing this relationship is important for preventing burnout in the work of justice for LGBT people. Understanding the relationship between the two also deepens our justice work and promotes community building that values all person’s temperaments. Developing a Healthy Emerging Ministry Presented by: Rev. Carol Chambers, Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell, and Rev. Dr. Tony Thieman-Somora Sponsored by: Office of Emerging Ministries Thursday, 4 July, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Regent Room This workshop will introduce the US Ministry Development Team to the General Conference as well as the protocol for new ministry development (church planting and beyond). The US Ministry Development Team will provide an engaging self assessment as well as provide information on the newly developing curriculum that will assist those interested in developing healthy new ministry developments in the US. A partial listing of the courses to be offered: Developing a Marketing Plan, Social Media Use, Structuring a Startup Board, Church Size Theory, Systems Thinking, Small Groups Leadership and Getting to Know Your Community.

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Dr. James Forbes Preaching Institute, Part 1 Presented by: Rev. Dr. James Forbes Sponsored by: Office of Formation and Leadership Development Thursday, 4 July, 11:00am – 12:30pm – Gold Room A plenary address by Rev. Dr. James Forbes and lively conversation.

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS Dr. James Forbes Preaching Institute, Part 2 – Preaching for Liberation in the 21st Century Presented by: Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins, Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Rev. Dr. Lea Brown, Rev. DeWayne Davis, Rev. Carmen Margarita Sánchez De León Sponsored by: Office of Formation and Leadership Development Thursday, 4 July, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Gold Room A panel discussion on preaching for liberation in the 21st century. Ensuring Finances Support Spiritual Growth: How to Be an Effective Church Business Manager Presented by: Sarah-Jane Ramage and Barb Crabtree Sponsored by: Office of Operations Friday, 5 July, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Ambassador Room If you have ever looked at the church accounts with confusion, struggled with regulations or had to rely on a treasurer to make it work – this seminar is for you. If you are familiar with company accounts but are puzzled about how it all works in an NGO or not for profit – this seminar will start you on the road to less stress. We will cover the key reports, budgeting process, what to expect of a treasurer (and what is expected of a treasurer) and the key things to look for. This is the stuff you weren’t taught in seminary or school We will answer the following FAQs: t t t

How does my church budget work with my ministry goals? – Learn about setting a budget that works, is understood and you can live in. How do I spot and stop trouble before it’s a crisis? – Learn about the top 5 signals to look for. What numbers do I really need to know in my church? – Hear suggestions which even those who are number phobic can handle.

Equality and Diversity in the History of Marriage: Why Some Things Have Changed More Than You Would Think Presented by: Helen Berry Sponsored by: Office of Emerging Ministries Friday, 5 July, 3:30pm – 5:00pm – Ambassador Room In the present debates over marriage equality, those opposed to same-sex marriage often cite the idea that marriage is an unchanging ‘timeless’ institution – by definition the union of one man and one woman ordained by God for the procreation of children. A closer look at the history of marriage in the European past (which underpinned the development of marriage law and custom in the United States) tells a different story – of a customary institution open to diverse and sometimes unorthodox unions. Faith and In/Tolerance in Eastern Europe Presented by: Florin Buhuceanu and Rev. Jim Mulcahy Sponsored by: Office of the Moderator Thursday, 4 July, 11:00am – 12:30pm – Regent Room Florin Buhuceanu, Executive Director of ECPI, Founder of ACCEPT and active partner in the Global Justice Institute, and Rev. Jim Mulcahy, currently working in Ukraine, will address the movement for LGBTI equality throughout Eastern Europe, it’s head-on collision with faith-based violence, and how people around the globe can become involved.

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Gamble Everything For Love Presented by: Rev. Gary Paterson, Moderator of the United Church of Canada Sponsored by: Office of the Moderator Friday, 5 July, 3:30pm – 5:00pm – Rouge Room The religious landscape of North America is rapidly changing – what might a transformed church look like? A workshop that explores “doing church” in new ways. General Conference XXII - A Future and a Hope - Calgary, Alberta, Canada t t t t

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS Global Justice: A Movement of Faith Presented by: Rev. Boon Lin Ngeo, Rev. Elder Hector Gutiérrez, Rev. Jorge Delgado-Rivas, Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin, Devon Cammock, Florin Buhuceanu, Yury and Pastor Joseph Tolton. Sponsored by: Office of the Moderator Friday, 5 July, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Rouge Room From Kuala Lumpur to Kenya, from China to Costa Rica, the Global Justice Institute and its partners are supporting a changing world through initiatives addressing theological reconciliation, economic development, and creating positive media images. Activists and partners from around the world presenting. HIV and AIDS: Keeping the Promise and Making the Connections Presented by: Rev. Renee McCoy, Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt, Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin, Rev. DeWayne Davis & Rev. Jorge Delgado-Rivas Sponsored by: Office of the Moderator Friday, 5 July, 11:00am – 12:30pm – Rouge Room Rev. Renee McCoy, Asst. Director of Prevention Education at Lifelong AIDS Alliance and Member of MCC’s Public Policy Team and Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt, Public Policy Team Director of Marriage Equality and Relational Issues, along with Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin, Rev. DeWayne Davis and Rev. Jorge DelgadoRivas, Members of MCC’s Public Policy Team, will address the current status of the global fight against HIV/AIDS and making the connections to a broader health care and wellness strategy, Marriage Equality, clean water, poverty and other immediate world needs. MCC Churches Today: What Have We Learned About Church Life and Health? Presented by: Rev. Elder Lillie Brock & Rev. Elder Ken Martin Sponsored by: Office of Church Life and Health Friday, 5 July, 3:30pm – 5:00pm – Crystal Room After having the collaboration with 123 churches to conduct thorough assessments, working with 143 churches through pastoral transitions and doing dozens of crisis interventions, we have been able to glean some great information about the “state of MCC churches.” If you are interested in any of the following questions, then you will benefit from attending this workshop: t Do you wonder how many churches we have in each size category? t Do you wonder what some benchmarks for church health might be? t Have you struggled financially and aren’t sure why? t Do we know what some of the signs and symptoms of church decline might be? t Are we paying enough attention to what creates a church crisis so as to catch it earlier? t Do you wonder how your church compares to others in key areas of church life? t Have you considered whether or not church as we do it today is viable in a new spiritual landscape? These questions and others will be our focus for this workshop and while it will involve looking at statistics, it will also be fun and interactive!

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MCC Clergy Talking SEX Presented by: Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West & Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos Sponsored by: Office of Formation & Leadership Development Friday, 5 July, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Crystal Room One of MCC’s core values is to work for the healthy integration of sexuality and spirituality, and yet, many MCC leaders find that talking openly and honestly about sexuality can be challenging, even in MCC contexts. Has MCC’s leading edge in addressing matters of sexuality, sexual liberation, and sexual health been lost or domesticated? Do you find it difficult to advocate for sexual minorities even inside queer community? Are you able to share honestly and openly about your own sexuality or relationship(s) as an ordained leader? The Office of Formation and Leadership Development will facilitate a candid discussion about matters of sexuality and how MCC clergy can continue to be sexual prophets. This workshop is limited to ordained clergy and persons officially “in care” preparing for ordination in MCC.

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS MCC in Iberoamerica and in the Hispanic Communities Presented by: Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez and Rev. Carmen Margarita Sánchez De León Sponsored by: Office of Emerging Ministries Friday, 5 July, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Regent Room A workshop presenting different topics such as diversity, administration, planning to growth, human rights struggles, useful for the developing of our Hispanic Ministries and for our Churches in Iberoamerica. Music in Worship: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going Presented by: Daniel Arredondo and Mike Haase Sponsored by: Office of Church Life and Health Friday, 5 July, 3:30pm – 5:00pm – Imperial Ballroom Discuss the past and current trends of music in worship to help those congregations that need a jump start with their worship as well as presenting trends that are developing for the future. Music will include, hymns, praise & worship, taize, and many other genres and languages. Oh *!@%!! Is it Sunday Already? Worship Design as an Art Form Presented by: Dr. Marcia McFee Sponsored by: Office of Church Life and Health Friday, 5 July, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Imperial Ballroom This interactive workshop with Dr. Marcia McFee will enliven you for your work of ritual artistry. Sunday comes around EVERY week and the work of worship planning can be stressful. Embrace your creativity, hone your creative processes and learn to love this work of creating meaningful, memorable, sensory-rich, symbolically-provocative, deeply-spiritual, life-transforming and justiceseeking worship! One Heart, One Mind Presented by: Bishop Christopher Senyonjo of Uganda, Bishop Yvette Flunder of TFAM, Sharon Ludwig Cox, Rev. Joseph (full name withheld by request) Sponsored by: Office of the Moderator Thursday, 4 July, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Rouge Room A panel presentation on movements for justice and human rights efforts in Africa. Programming for a Landscape that is Spiritual but not Religious Presented by: Rev. Elder Ken Martin and Rev. Elder Lillie Brock Sponsored by: Office of Church Life and Health Thursday, 4 July, 11:00am – 12:30pm – Crystal Room Have you experienced how it feels to ask your congregation what kind of programming they’d like to see offered in your church, they respond with “Bible Study,” you offer Bible Study and they don’t come??? This seems to be a common experience so maybe it’s time to approach programming in an entirely new way . . . to view it from an entirely new perspective . . . to give it the prominence in church life that it deserves. . . to have it match our theology of spiritual practice! This workshop will introduce a new approach along with some tools to help you experiment with it in your church! Anyone will benefit from this workshop as everyone will walk away with some things to contemplate about your own SPIRITUAL LOCATION and how you might engage the place where you find yourself! We are very excited about this and hope you will join in our excitement! visit link above or scan QR code for the Workshops page on the General Conference Website

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS Reproductive Justice: The Queer Connections Presented by: Dr. Cheryl Anderson; Respondents: Rev. DeWayne Davis, Kareem Murphy and Lauren Bennett Sponsored by: Office of the Moderator Friday, 5 July, 11:00am – 12:30pm – Ambassador Room Please join MCC’s Public Policy Team as they welcome Dr. Cheryl Anderson in a discussion of the systemic injustices that rob women and LGBT people of their dignity and impede the free exercise of a range of choices that may improve their lives and lives of their children and families for the better. The respondents, Rev. DeWayne Davis, Kareem Murphy, and Lauren Bennett will explore how people of faith can influence government and public policy to address the broader socioeconomic barriers to women’s social, political, physical, spiritual, and economic wellbeing. This workshop was made possible by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Stewardship: What Really Works in the Local Church? Presented by: Rev. Elder Lillie Brock, Rev. Elder Ken Martin, and a panel of MCC Leaders Sponsored by: Office of Church Life and Health Friday, 5 July, 11:00am – 12:30pm – Gold Room What are the most common myths about stewardship in the local church? What works and what does not? What is the appropriate role of the Pastor? The Board? Elders Brock and Martin will moderate a panel of MCC leaders with track records implementing successful stewardship and fund raising strategies for the local church. The Iberoamerican Network’s Workshops: Come to See the Miracle of Bread & Fishes – With Less Doing Much Presented by: Rev. Elder Hector Gutiérrez and Rev. Carmen Margarita Sánchez De León Sponsored by: Office of Emerging Ministries Planting Hispanic Ministries Thursday, 4 July, 11:00am – 12:30pm – Diplomat Room (limited seating) Hispanic communities are a rapidly growing group in the United States and it is the largest minority in the country. How is this reality reflected in the constituency of our congregations in the United States? How can we welcome Hispanic communities in our congregations, how can we open doors? What do we need to start a Hispanic ministry in our communities? How can we strengthen existing ministries? In the workshop we will be addressing these and other questions. (This workshop will be conducted in English) Our Diversity Thursday, 4 July, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Diplomat Room This panel will discuss how to integrate the cultural diversity in our congregations. Using the example of the ministries in our congregations in Brazil and Dominican Republic through ethnic diversity, cultural diversity and interreligious dialogue. (English translation will be available on request) The Right of Marriage Friday, 5 July, 11:00am – 12:30pm – Diplomat Room Four Stories of Struggles & Success: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico & Uruguay (English translation will be available on request) visit link above or scan QR code for the Workshops page on the General Conference Website

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Alliances for Human Rights Friday, 5 July, 3:30pm – 5:00pm – Diplomat Room Puerto Rico and the bill against discrimination. The strategies of alliances; how do they work? (English translation will be available on request)

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS The Internet, Sex, and Your Congregation Presented by: Rev. Debra W. Haffner and Mr. J. Michael Cobb Sponsored by: Offices of Formation & Leadership Development and Emerging Ministries Thursday, 4 July, 11:00am – 12:30pm – Rouge Room Faith communities are increasingly challenged by new technologies, yet are ill prepared to address them. Clergy and lay leaders need assistance in creating policies, procedures, and best practices for addressing the Internet, social media, and cell phones, especially around sexuality issues. Few clergy have the training of skills to address sexuality issues, including the challenges posed by new media. Most seminaries do not address sexuality or technologies in their preparation of future clergy. The Religious Institute has conducted a survey of prevalence of new technology use, denomination statements and polices on new technologies, congregational use and policies, and clergy attitudes and practices. This workshop will present the findings and offer practical guidelines for MCC clergy and lay leaders on social media and Internet use. The Spirit of God is Blowing; Are you Ready, MCC? Presented by: MCC Theologies Team Sponsored by: Office of Formation and Leadership Development Friday, 5 July, 11:00am – 12:30pm – Crystal Room The world is in constant process of evolution and transformation. God is transforming everything as the creation has not finished yet. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the domain of God always lies beyond us. MCC is an incomplete masterpiece; God’s Spirit is always inspiring us to transform ourselves constantly. We are near to a change of leadership; we are looking for new ways of expressing our identities, we are planning to assume the MCC project as a global one. Are we ready for those changes? How far can these changes go? How are we responding to MCC‘s commitment to transformation in our congregations, in our denomination? God’s Spirit is blowing freely, are we ready to respond? What do we need to leave behind and what do we need to take with us? Using the framework of a Holy Conversation and the Book of Acts we will explore these and more questions, exploring new horizons. Transformational Leadership in a Vibrant Church Presented by: Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, Shelly Morris, and Rev. Elder Don Eastman Sponsored by: Office of Church Life and Health Friday, 5 July, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Gold Room To “transform ourselves as we transform the world” requires transformational leadership. This workshop will focus on the two key roles of transformational leadership; the visionary role and the implementation role. Some individuals may be especially gifted as visionary leaders while others are strongly gifted as implementers. Both are essential to our success. Three leaders of MCC Toronto will discuss how they and other leaders are fulfilling these roles to achieve the congregation’s mission and vision as the vibrant, inclusive and progressive church.You will receive insights and resources on building a shared vision; shaping a culture of implementation, and creating direction to fulfill the mission and vision in your congregation. Bring leaders from your church who desire to be effective in either or both of these leadership roles!

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POP TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS POP TOPICS: New Workshop Track for General Conference 2013! Be sure to attend one of the new 25 minute ‘pop topic’ workshops at General Conference. These workshops will feature “best practices” in ministry and congregational life such as: stewardship campaigns, capital campaigns, sermon series, outreach programs, visitor follow up and assimilation and outreach programs. Workshops may also include presentation of a special program, a recent book or project, and much more. Are You Called To Pastoral Ministry? Presented by: Rev. Jeff Miner This workshop will provide a quick overview of a dynamic pastoral training program offered by LifeJourney MCC, Indianapolis, IN, USA. The training program is approved by MCC’s OFLD and leads to MCC ordination. It is meant to supplement academic preparation in seminary with extensive hands-on practical experience, so that you are prepared to succeed in your first pastoral assignment. The program is especially designed for those who want to experience a “Progressive Evangelical” style of ministry in a very effective, large MCC congregation. The workshop will be presented by Rev. Jeff Miner and three current students in the program. As You Believe Presented by: Rev. Jerry Troyer Jesus said “it is done unto you.” What do we really believe and feel about others, God, and our deservedness of all the good Life has for us? This pop topic will be followed by a book signing. Be Part of MCC’s Advocacy Network on Public Policy and Global Justice Presented by: Moderator’s Public Policy Team Members of the Moderator’s Public Policy Team will present 5 ways to get involved in current efforts of Public Policy and Global Justice. Sign-up for the MCC Advocacy Network on the spot. Believe in the Possibility of Easily Greening Your Church Presented by: Mike Easterling Mike Easterling of MCCNY will present easy, inexpensive, readily accessible ways to begin greening your church home and saving the planet. beOpen: The Spiritual Practice of Reconciliation Presented by: Rev. Joe Cobb How do we transform crisis into creativity? By experiencing the spiritual practice of reconciliation in three basic steps: authenticity, honor, and imagination. This pop topic will be followed by a book signing.

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Compassion as Church Growth Strategy Presented by: Mike Easterling Best practices for using expansion of circles of compassion to spur attendance and church growth.

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POP TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS Creating Acceptance with African-American Faith Communities Presented by: Rev. Roland Stringfellow Umoja is a successful national program helping clergy and congregations understand the theology of inclusion by emphasizing our family unity above doctrines that divide. Elements of Change Presented by: Dar Parugganan and Lisa Styers Grief can occur as a result of any major life change such as a death of spouse or other close family member, retirement, loss of job, downsizing your home, relocating to a new community, any time the familiar is lost. Feelings of loss and grief are universal. Goals of Grieving and Symbols of Hope (ice breaker and closing ritual); What is grief? (Forms of Loss); What is the difference between Grief and Mourning?; Grief as Companion – The Change Cycle; Closets of Grief – Myths about loss; Loss in the Bible.Those attending the session would leave with a handout containing a sample curriculum and links to various resources. Engaging the Body – Sparking Our Spirits Presented by: Ecumenical & Inter-Religious Team Presented by members of the Ecumenical & Inter-Religious Team. Introduction to practical steps for local churches to identify and work with other faith groups. EXCEL Presented by: EXCEL Ministries EXCEL is a spiritual renewal Christian educational retreat program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian ‘Saints’ and lay leaders. Exploring Ordained Ministry in MCC Presented by: Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos Sponsored by: Office of Formation and Leadership Development Are you Called to Professional Ordained Ministry in MCC? This workshop will provide an overview of the process and requirements for seeking ordination in MCC, describe the Readiness for Entering Vocational Ministry (REVM) experience, and address your specific questions. Faith in Action Presented by: Fred Cannady Ways the local church can get out into the community to put its faith into action. Helping You Engage Through Social Media Presented by: Jaymes Grace An incredibly quick introduction into social media engagement – offering unique and exciting ways to use current social media apps and trends to engage with members and in your communities. Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship (L.E.A.D.) – Developing Our Laity For Leadership Presented by: the LEAD Faculty – Barry Hundley, Nancy Maxwell, and Phil Griffin Sponsored by: Office of Formation and Leadership Development More than seventy lay leaders of UFMCC have answered the call to deepen their spiritual growth, develop their existing skills and furnish them with additional leadership tools so that they may be effective leaders in the church and the world in the last two years. This workshop will describe the Office of Formation and Leadership Development program Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship (L.E.A.D.) certification process and the value the program is offering to individuals, local churches and communities and the denomination as a whole. Laity and Clergy alike are invited to explore this opportunity for development of lay leadership to serve at many levels of ministry.

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POP TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS MMBB Financial Services Presented by: Patricia Hunter MMBB Financial Services is a nonprofit Christian organization serving churches and faith communities for over 100 years. Our expertise is retirement planning and staff benefits including medical, disability, and life insurance. Our Pop-Up will focus on how to protect you, your family, and ministry. Financial security for retirement takes careful planning. Let us help you take that first step today. Music and its Role in Shaping Global Justice Efforts Presented by: John Fischer John Fischer, Music Director at MCCNY, will present resources for starting and sustaining a Music Ministry that inspires witness and action. One Church Campaign (Preparing Your Congregation to do Social Justice) Presented by: One Church Campaign Team, MCC Philadelphia Over 3 years old, the one church campaign has successfully proven to be a model for financing and doing acts of social justice. Pastoral Care After a Disaster Presented by: Rev. Joy Etwell Joy is a chaplain with Victoria State Emergency Service shares from her training and experiences how you can effectively provide pastoral care immediately following a disaster. Religiously Queer: A Pastoral Care Approach to Working with Trans & Gender Non Conforming folks in Uganda Presented by: Angel Collie This workshop will highlight time spent working with trans and gender non-conforming folks in Uganda with the goal of understanding their unique needs from a pastoral care perspective. Being located in the epicenter of a trans-national struggle for human rights – in a country that is over 85% Christian – provides a unique context. Deeply religious members of the community struggle to maintain their relationship with God, despite the frequent deployment of God as a justification for the violence and exclusion committed against them. Based on my experience working in a variety of cultural context I will present my preliminary thoughts on what multi-cultural pastoral care geared towards the needs specific to Trans and Gender Non-conforming folks might look like. Seeking Asylum Presented by: Ecumenical & Inter-Religious Team Examples of how MCC has helped LGBT people seek asylum in countries that will protect them from the fear of being returned to their home countries where they may be persecuted, tortured, and killed due to their sexual and gender orientation. Practical how-to on aiding people seeking to refugee status. Supporting LGBT+ Justice Efforts at Religious Schools Presented by: Rev. Darren McDonald Using MCC Portland’s relationship with OneGeorgeFox as an example, this workshop will explore how MCC churches can support LGBT+ students at anti-LGBT religious universities

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Talking the Walk, and Walking the Talk Presented by: Rev. Dr. BK Hipsher Practical examples of how our modern day use of Scripture can still, at least tacitly, promote disharmony and discord with other faiths. Using the example of Jesus’ trial before “the Jews” perpetuates an understanding that it was the Jews, and not the Romans, who executed Jesus. Sensitivity to how we read, and proclaim, these texts is critical to Inter-faith dialog.

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POP TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS The Future of the Global UFMCC – Discussion with the ITF Presented by: Members of the International Task Force (ITF) The complete report of the ITF has been made available to delegates in late March. Members of the ITF will hear input and answer questions in this workshop. The Gift of Presence Presented by: Barry Christensen Considering how others experience your presence, what people remember about you, how you can be present for those you encounter, and engaging others in transformative ways. The Moderator’s Circle: Advancing MCC’s Mission in the 21st Century Presented by: Rev. James N. “Jim” Birkitt Join us for a fun, fast-paced, informative, no-obligation, no-pressure look at MCC’s newest membership group — The Moderator’s Circle. You’ll learn how this group of global MCCers is advancing MCC’s mission around the world, explore the various ways you can become a member, and discover whether membership in The Moderator’s Circle is an option you wish to consider. Special, surprise guest will join us — you don’t want to miss this! Thinking About Seminary? How to Navigate the Application and Discernment Process Presented by: Meagan Harris If you’re considering seminary as part of your calling, this workshop will offer advice and insight to help make the application process easier.

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AWARDS Ecumenical Award Recipient: Rev. Gary Paterson MCC bestows the Ecumenical Award to a person who is dedicated to the values of ecumenism & inter-religious cooperation & who “builds bridges that liberates & unites.” This Ecumenical Award recognizes Reverend Gary Paterson as the first openly gay Moderator of the United Church of Canada.

Edith Allen Perry Award Recipient: Rev. Dr. Christine Y. Wiley & Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Wiley The Edith Allen Perry Award is named in honor of the mother of MCC’s Founder, Rev. Troy Perry. Edith Perry, before there was a PFLAG, was a member and staunch supporter of Metropolitan Community Churches and of MCC’s movement for civil rights. This award is given to honor those who unconditionally love their children.

Founder’s Award Recipient: Chuck Renslow The Founders Award is given by the founder of Metropolitan Community Churches, Rev. Troy Perry, for pioneering work in MCC or in civil & human rights. This year’s Founder’s Award recognizes Chuck Renslow for his pioneering work in LGBT rights locally in Chicago, Illinois, (USA) and in the United States. This award also recognizes his work with HIV/AIDS & his involvement in the Leather Community.

Human Rights Award Recipient: Rt. Rev. Disani Christopher Senyonjo The Human Rights Award is MCC’s prestigious award for historic service in the area of human rights. MCC recognizes Rt. Rev. Disani Christopher Senyonjo as a prophet, a pastor & a hero to many in Uganda, in Africa, & the world. He stood against the “kill the gays bill” in Uganda, which would have made homosexuality a capital crime. Bishop Senyonjo is a champion of human rights for LGBT people & for people with HIV/ AIDS. He is defiant & claims his spiritual role & authority, & despite public condemnation & death threats, Bishop Senyonjo stood up to spiritual bullies at David Kato’s funeral. St. Paul’s Reconciliation & Equality Centre, which Bishop Senyonjo founded, gives support, comfort, & hope to all of God’s people, & MCC’s Global Justice Institute is proud to be a partner.

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Recipient(s): Rev. Bob Galloway & Rick Sawyer The Moderator’s Award recognizes outstanding ministry that reflects the spirit of MCC. Specifically, this year’s Moderator’s Award recognizes the work Rev. Bob Galloway & Rick Sawyer for their ministry at The Community at St. Ninian. The original idea for St. Ninian’s was Rev. Bob’s. He preached a sermon at MCC Knoxville about the less-than-affluent gay people who fell into the cracks of the homeless protection network. In their home, they created a small Christian Covenant Community dedicated to fulfilling the ideals of hospitality to the people of the world & specifically to persons in & near Knoxville, Tennessee, (USA). This Christian organization reaches out to those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, & questioning communities. St. Ninian’s Well is the house established & maintained by the Community to host area events & to house individuals in need of short-term assistance and has housed over 120 people in 22 years.

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AWARDS Moderator’s Award for Partnership Recipient: Bishop Yvette Flunder The Moderator’s Award for Partnership recognizes outstanding partners at a global level in the MCC movement. Specifically, the Moderator’s Award for Partnership recognizes Bishop Yvette Flunder for her extraordinary prophetic ministry & for her support, encouragement, partnership, & friendship in the work of Jesus & justice, between The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries & Metropolitan Community Churches.

Phoenix Award Recipient: Rev. Victor Bracuto MCC’s Phoenix Award recognizes & celebrates persons or groups who have revived or re-started a local church. Rev. Victor Bracuto is being honored for reviving MCC in Argentina, where we now have a church, & for other emerging ministries.

Elder Acknowledgments MCC’s Elder Acknowledgment Award honors service to MCC as Elders in the capacity as spiritual, pastoral, & denominational leaders. Recipient: Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman is being honored for a lifetime of service to the denomination, especially for her ministry as a Beloved Elder, & for her twin commitments to the local church & excellent in denominational resourcing. Recipient: Rev. Elder Ken Martin Rev. Elder Ken Martin is being honored for a lifetime of ministry & for his service to MCC as a Beloved Elder, as he retires at this conference. MCC is grateful for Rev. Ken’s love for the local church, his pioneering work in Asia, for his pastoral leadership & for his teaching ministry. Recipient: Rev. Elder Diane Fisher Rev. Elder Diane Fisher was previously honored in June 2012 for her service to the denomination as a Beloved Elder, her commitment to justice, & as the inspiration for MCC’s designation as “The Human Rights Church;” and we acknowledge her at this conference.

Distinguished Service: Governing Board Metropolitan Community Churches’ Governing Board Award honors the following for their service to the denomination as a member of MCC’s first Governing Board: Liz Bisordi Bryan Parker Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis

Distinguished Service: International Task Force Steering Committee MCC honors the following members of the International Task Force Steering Committee for their service to the denomination. Dr. Mark Dalgleish Jochen Gewecke Dr. Carol Scherfenberg

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AWARDS Distinguished Service: International Task Force MCC honors the following members of the International Task Force for their service to the denomination: Rev. Tom Decker (Canada) Rev. Araceli Ezzatti (Uruguay) Dominic Kessell (South Africa) Rev. Boon Lin Ngeo (USA/Malaysia) Henry Onzem (Australia) Sarah-Jane Ramage (UK) Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas (USA/UK) Rev. Joseph* *Full name withheld by request

Distinguished Service: Governing Board Nominating Committee Recipient: Rev. Cathy Alexander MCC honors Rev. Cathy Alexander for her service to the denomination as the Chairperson of the Governing Board Nominating Committee. Recipient(s): Rev. Catherine Dearlove, Rusty Hall MCC honors Rev. Catherine Dearlove & Rusty Hall for their service to the denomination as members of the Governing Board Nominating Committee.

Distinguished Service: Moderator’s Theologies Team MCC honors the following for their service to the denomination as a member of the Moderator’s Theologies Team by providing excellent resources, for supporting the Moderator, and for making theology enjoyable, accessible, and a way to articulate MCC’s values and unity in diversity. The members of the Moderator’s Theologies Team have demonstrated excellence in modeling global collaboration. Recipient(s): Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos, Chair Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng Bryce E. Rich Rev. Carmen Margarita Sánchez De León

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LEADERSHIP & STAFF OFFICE OF THE MODERATOR

OFFICE OF FORMATION & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

MODERATOR

DIRECTOR OF FORMATION & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy L. Wilson RevNancyWilson@MCCchurch.net

Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West RevMonaWest@MCCchurch.net

Linda Brenner-Beckstead Assistant to the Moderator LindaBrennerBeckstead@MCCchurch.net

Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos Associate Director of Formation & Leadership Development RevKharmaAmos@MCCchurch.net

Florin Buhuceanu FlorinBuhuceanu@MCCchurch.net

Marina Laws Program Support Fund Development, ITF & OFLD MarinaLaws@MCCchurch.net

Sharon Cox SharonCox@MCCchurch.net

OFFICE OF CHURCH LIFE & HEALTH CO-DIRECTOR OF CHURCH LIFE & HEALTH

Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman RevArleneAckerman@MCCchurch.net

Rev. Elder Lillie Brock RevLillieBrock@MCCchurch.net

CO-DIRECTOR OF CHURCH LIFE & HEALTH Rev. Elder Ken Martin RevKenMartin@MCCchurch.net

Kay Hale Administrative Assistant KayHale@MCCchurch.net

Rev. Stedney Phillips Church Life Specialist RevStedneyPhillips@MCCchurch.net

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OFFICE OF EMERGING MINISTRIES

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

DIRECTOR OF EMERGING MINISTRIES

Barb Crabtree BarbaraCrabtree@MCCchurch.net

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner RevDarleneGarner@MCCchurch.net

Carlos Chavez Director of Global Community Building & Strategic Implementation CarlosChavez@MCCchurch.net

Shannon Young Confidential Assistant to Rev. Elder Darlene Garner ShannonYoung@MCCchurch.net

Tammy Erwin Accounting Manager TammyErwin@MCCchurch.net

Angel Collie Program Officer for Transgender Ministries AngelCollie@MCCchurch.net

Bill Hooper Administrator Board of Pensions BillHooper@MCCchurch.net

Vickey Gibbs Curriculum Specialist VickeyGibbs@MCCchurch.net

Jennifer Justice Director of Global Community Building & Strategic Implementation JenniferJustice@MCCchurch.net

Rev. Jim Mulcahy Program Officer for Eastern Europe RevJimMulcahy@MCCchurch.net

IBEROAMERICAN MINISTRIES Chris Baker Program Support/Data Analyst/Website ChrisBaker@MCCchurch.net

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF EMERGING MINISTRIES Rev. Elder Hector Gutiérrez RevHectorGutierrez@MCCchurch.net

Jason O’Neill Communications Specialist JasonONeill@MCCchurch.net Rev. Cristiano Valerio Program Officer for Brazil RevCristianoValerio@MCCchurch.net Rev. Carmen Margarita Sanchez De Leon Confidential Assistant to Rev. Elder Hector Gutiérrez RevMargaritaSanchezDeLeon@ MCCchurch.net

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