MCC: Accomplishments in 2014 and Looking Ahead to 2015

In 2014, MCC was able to enjoy the fruit of God’s abundance, hard work, and solid planning. We cast an ambitious vision for increased impacts around the world to meet the global challenge of relevant ministry, liberation, and justice. 2014 was the first year that MCC lived into its new Strategic Plan, and the Governing Board chartered new territory in aligning our financial systems and structures, along with our resources, with our Five Breakthrough Objectives (Growth, Justice, People, Congregations/Ministries, and Finances). We share and celebrate our results. As always, our collective success reflects our partnerships with our denominational staff and our congregations around the world. Together, we show the world what it means to BE MCC.

MCC Vision Statement

Metropolitan Community Churches is compelled by an unfinished calling and a prophetic destiny. We are a global movement of spiritually and sexually diverse people who are fully awake to God’s enduring love. Following the example of Jesus and empowered by the Spirit, we seek to build leading-edge church communities that demand, proclaim, and do justice in the world.

Year 1: The MCC 2014 – 2018 Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan is a reflection of MCC’s mission and vision statements. The breakthrough objectives are the key areas around which all ministry operations revolve. Within each breakthrough objective are priority actions each of whose purpose is to achieve outcomes that reflect the objective. The priority actions are measurable, achievable, and attached to a specific timetable.

Each year, the Governing Board and the denomination’s chief program managers (the Senior Leadership Team) develop annual plans based on the priority actions. The SLT implements our denomination’s strategy through measurable Annual Plans for each denominational Office. The Office of the Moderator’s Annual Plan provides strategic coordination and shared goals with the Global Justice Institute. The Governing Board aligned the 2014 budget, program investments, and staffing resources to achieve the Strategic Plan’s 2014 objectives.

In accordance with our deliverables under the Strategic Plan, the Governing Board in 2014:

  • Diaologued with Dr. Kwok Pui Lan, Professor of Christian Theology at the Episcopal Divinity School, on how we might help develop a post-colonial view of MCC’s vision and future
  • Continued modernization of our financial policies
  • Engaged a development consultant to guide our thinking on the next phase of our development program
  • Conducted our first annual review and update of the Strategic Plan
  • Made appointments to several committees, including the Governing Board Nominating Committee and Moderator Nominating Committee (alternate members)
  • Adopted a framework for a 50th Anniversary of MCC celebration
  • Adopted a framework for the transition to our next Moderator

We also endorsed goals for the 2016 General Conference, collaborated with the Moderator on a framework for considering an expanded Council of Elders, approved a revised UFMCC Human Resources Employee Handbook, and hosted quarterly webinars to keep MCCers around the world updated on our work.

Projected 2014 Year-End Financial Status

We planned conservatively, given the precarious global financial recovery and the lag time our churches typically experience. With God’s help, we were able to meet the projected 2014 budget income target. Thank you to our many churches, members of the Moderator’s Circle, and contributors for your continuing commitment and generosity! We are grateful to the Carpenter Foundation for another grant, this time funding our Online Learning Center. However, we fell short of meeting targeted income from major donors. We are projected to end 2014 with a deficit of $12,600. In keeping with the Governing Board commitment to operate within our means, MCC aligned expenses with revenues early in 2014. This kept the year-end deficit to a minimum. We budgeted conservatively, programmed aggressively, and actively cultivated relationships with funders. Thanks to an external consultant, we learned much about our development program. We have already begun to apply those lessons to our 2015 budget and development program along with looking at how to possibly fund development staff.

Financial Policy and Procedure Actions

The Governing Board continued to update financial policies and procedures to improve MCC fiscal management and operations, prepare for future growth, reduce risk, and employ untapped income resources. As always, Governing Board policies are available for your review at

Church Assessments - To address those congregations experiencing financial hardship and unable to support MCC at the assessment levels established by General Conference, the Governing Board drafted a new policy on assessments. The policy is oriented toward providing triage and assistance to churches in financial distress so that their recovery can be a win for everyone. Churches that choose to disengage from the system of supports would be subject to several of the policy options identified in the draft.

Investments Policy - To improve the previous policy, the Board adopted a new policy to preserve existing investment assets, to diversify the portfolio in ways that minimize risk, and to grow those resources to better support MCC’s ministry and operations. The policy calls for assets to be maintained across a spectrum of cash, equity securities, and fixed income securities.

Additional Actions Taken to Effectively Manage Our Financial Resources:

  • Corrected 2012 and 2013 financial reports resulting from implementation of prior Aged AR write-offs.
  • Approved and monitored 2014 strategic investments initiatives.
  • Approved motion for forgiveness of a portion of aged assessment debt for churches that have been faithful in aged debt repayment.
  • Identified 2016 – 2018 potential additions to budget for future planning.
  • Approved carry-over of 2014 investment funds in support of 2015 strategic investment needs.

Financial Forecasting and Budget Approval

Continuing a practice that began in 2013, the Governing Board utilized income and expense forecasting for our monthly financial review. Again, the review of projected year-end financial position at the end of every month has improved our ability to make financial adjustments earlier and predict year-end deficits or funding shortfalls.

The Strategic Plan provides a framework for the staff to develop a draft budget and for the Governing Board to consider the budget request. Because of the alignment of systems, advanced planning, and a change in organizational culture, we were able to return to improving the full budget and investment strategy on time.

Looking Ahead to 2015

The Governing Board is examining the financial resources necessary to support upcoming transitions in leadership. The Moderator’s retirement, transition work related to the next Moderator, and resources needed to support the entire Strategic Plan will require greater financial ability. Consequently, 2015 will see tremendous focus on the denomination’s development program. We anticipate our second Virtual General Conference where clergy and lay delegates will consider affirming new Elders.

Our Senior Leadership Team is 

  • Rapidly deploying new prototypes in peer support for church health and vitality,
  • Sponsoring global REVMs to usher in the next generation of clergy,
  • Providing wellness programs for our existing clergy,
  • Offering LEAD for our lay leaders,
  • Investing in new models of church planting in the US and around the world (currently, 36 emerging churches),
  • Expanding our justice work and increasing MCC’s visibility around globe, and
  • Working diligently to increase our financial capacity and cultivate generosity for our local churches and the denomination.

God continues to do a mighty work in MCC. Living into that calling will transform ourselves as we transform the world, strengthen our clergy and laity, and support justice locally and worldwide.

In gratitude,

Your MCC Governing Board

Marriage Equality Timeline

Rev. Troy Perry: The Father of Marriage Equality The Amazing Story of How a 28-Year Old Defrocked Pentecostal Minister Challenged Conventional Thinking, Created a Revolution and Changed the Church, the Courts and the Culture.  Read full story.

© James N. Birkitt, Jr., 2013. All rights reserved.

In December 1968, Rev. Troy Perry performed the first public same-sex wedding in U.S. history.
Over the next 45 years, the clergy of Metropolitan Community Churches, the Christian denomination founded by Perry, performed more than 240,000 same-sex marriages — and during that time every couple was told, “Your marriage is blessed by God, but is not yet recognized by the government. We’re working on that.”
“Working on that” became Perry’s life’s work.
Here, in photos and press clippings, is the story of how Rev. Troy Perry became “The Father of Marriage Equality.”

DOMA Fact Sheets

Here is the link to the series of fact sheets developed by a coalition of national organizations on the legal impact of today’s DOMA ruling.

Georgia Resources

The GA Voice – The Georgia Voice seeks to be the news outlet of record for the state’s LGBT communities and their allies. Through ethical, professional reporting, we aim to educate and empower our readers to become informed advocates for the rights that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continue to be denied in the 21st century.

Athens Resources

AIDS Athens - serves to address the needs of individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS through supportive services and to prevent the spread of the disease through education and outreach.

Athens Casuals - A community social group for men.

Athens Pride - A collaborative effort of many non-profit efforts to celebrate the diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community of Athens, GA.

Boybutante Ball - This annual ball and stage show is northeast Georgia’s largest fundraiser for AIDS support services.

GLOBES - The Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Employees & Supporters is a diverse organization of faculty, staff, graduate students and administrators, whose mission is to advocate for, develop, and nurture UGA’s LGBTQ communities.

Lambda Alliance -  Established to meet the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally students, faculty, and staff at UGA.

PFLAG Athens  -  Promotes the well being of Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans people, their families and friends.

Project Safe – Project Safe works to end domestic violence in North Georgia through crisis intervention, ongoing support services and education. The 24/7 Project Safe hotline  can be reached @ 706-543-3331.

The UGA LGBT Resource Center - The UGA LGBT Resource Center was established to serve as a place for LGBTQA-identified students and their allies to find community, support, and developmental resources at the University of Georgia. The LGBT Resource Center is committed to providing meaningful programming and engagement that meet the needs of the LGBTQA and ally communities by creating an environment of advocacy, education, and support.

 Under The Rainbow - Group led by Ricky Roberts.

National Resources

GLAAD - The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.

GLSEN - The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.

Human Rights Campaign - The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Lambda Legal - Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those withHIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Metropolitan Community Church - Metropolitan Community Churches are on a bold mission to transform heartslives, and history.

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, building the organizational capacity of our movement and generating groundbreaking research through our Policy Institute.

One Billion Rising - One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.

Soulforce - Soulforce is committed to freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people from religious and political oppression through relentless nonviolent resistance.

Other national resources can be found @ CenterLink.

GA LGBT Campgrounds

You don’t have to wait for special events to enjoy a weekend of LGBT community, and you don’t have to stay in Atlanta to find it. Georgia is home to a variety of LGBT campgrounds, whether you prefer the North Georgia mountains or the forests of South Georgia.

Fox Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat
350 Black Ankle Way, Cherry Log, GA 30522

Fox Mountain is a private, 18-acre “women-focused” campground located near the Toccoa River with women-only and mixed-gender camping areas. Women campers are allowed one male guest.

Some camping gear is available for rent; other amenities include a music stage, showers and flush toilets. Every third weekend, the campground hosts a female musician in concert.

Roy’s Hideaway
268 Catfish Lane, Collins, GA 30421

An hour from Savannah or two hours from Macon, Roy’s Hideaway features six lakes, cabins, wi-fi, a saltwater pool, a café, laundry, showers and restrooms. Tent camping and longterm RV hook-ups also available.

Upcoming events include the Memorial Day Glamorous & Trashy Weekend with Kristina Foxx.

In The Woods Campground
142 Casey Court, Canon, GA 30520

In the Woods is a gay, members-only, clothing-optional campground that is mostly men, although women are welcome. Amenities include a clubhouse, pool, hot tub, tent camping, cabins, RV sites, a bunkhouse with private rooms and the Bearacks “shared living experience.”

Oz Campground
50 Highway 230, Unadilla, GA 31091

Oz Campground sits on 150 acres located just 8 miles off Interstate 75. Amenities include a 4,000-square foot bar and dance club, pool, hot tub, general store, wi-fi at the pool, cabins, RV sites and tent camping. Guests must be 18 and members. Clothing is optional in many areas.

Special events are scheduled for men and women. Upcoming events include Memorial Day Homecoming Weekend, Wide World of Sports (June 7-9), and Oz MusicFest (June 14-17), featuring lesbian duo Halcyon.

River’s Edge
2311 Pulliam Mill Road, Dewy Rose, GA 30634

River’s Edge is a private, adults-only, clothing-optional campground focused on men, although women are welcome. Amenities include a pool, workout room, clubhouse, shower facilities, tent campsites, RV sites, and cabins of various sizes.
Upcoming events include Bear Mayhem (May 10-12).

Swiftwaters Womanspace
830 Swiftwaters Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533

For more than 30 years, Swiftwaters has offered camping for women who enjoy rustic camaraderie on the Etowah River. Amenities include a meadow, outhouses, shower, plus two cabins and a bed-and-breakfast room available for women who prefer not to camp in tents.

The Hunting Club
210 Rabbit Run, Ailey, GA 30410

Located seven miles from Vidalia, Ga., The Hunting Club is billed as a “private GLBT gated community” for RVs and tent camping. The site features an 11-acre fishing pond with kayaks and paddle boating, clubhouse, indoor and outdoor showers, plus a small pool.

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson at Inaugural Service

21 January 2013
Contacts: Ann Craig, MCC Communications,  craignewyork@gmail.com917-280-2968
Jason O’Neill, MCC Communications,  jasononeill@mccchurch.net508-246-8416

Obama’s Inaugural Prayer Service Includes Head of Pro-LGBT Denomination

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of MCC, to read Bible at inaugural service

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), which has ministries in over 40 countries.  Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT delegation to meet with a sitting president in 1979.  She is currently a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – White House staff announced that the Interfaith Prayer Service at the National Cathedral, to be held Tuesday morning, 22 January, will include the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, moderator and international leader of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), a denomination founded 45 years ago as a church open to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Dr. Wilson was installed at the National Cathedral as MCC’s global Moderator in 2005 during an MCC service hosted by the Cathedral.  This month, the National Cathedral staff announced they will begin performing marriages for same-gender couples.  Dr. Wilson recently celebrated her 35th anniversary with her wife.

Dr. Wilson said, “It is profoundly meaningful to read the Bible during President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s second inaugural interfaith service.  As I read, I will remember the hands laid on me seven years ago in this very cathedral by faith leaders who called me to serve all of God’s beautifully diverse children, including LGBT people. President Obama prayerfully and respectfully stood up for LGBT equality during his campaign, and I am proud to stand with him.”

The prayer service dates back to President George Washington.  Today, participation by religious leaders from many traditions mark this service.

In a December 18th press release, the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Cathedral, said, “The Inaugural Prayer Service is an historic observance that Washington National Cathedral is honored to host once again for President Barack Obama. The Cathedral has come to be known as a spiritual home for the nation, and as part of living into that calling, it is our prayer that the service will embody the hopes and vision of our nation, and that God’s purpose might shine forth with new clarity in our lives.”

Attendance at the National Prayer Service is by invitation only, and tickets are required. The service will be webcast live at For the latest updates on the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, please visit
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